Fashion Schools Ranking
The IFM: to perfect its training
Widely acclaimed by all professionals, the IFM is in first place in our ranking for the second consecutive year. Better known for its management programme, the institute also offers a creative programme since 2000, accessible from a bac+4.
“It’s the right school when you’ve had more creative training before. It allows you to complete your career with a solid specialization and above all to show professionals your ability to work,” says Nahd Hamza, style manager for the Chacok brand. “Students learn to communicate around their work. This is a very important point,” adds Mathias Ohrel, director of m-O Conseil, a recruitment agency specialising in luxury goods.
The IFM’s training, structured around three major areas: clothing, accessories and image, lasts sixteen months, including six months of internship in a company. “Very intense, the IFM requires a certain maturity and allows us to reflect on our personal journey,” says Alice Lemaire, a designer at Louis Vuitton and a former student of the institute. This maturity of students, as well as the diversity of recruitment, is appreciated by recruiters. “The students have an international profile, very specific, open-minded, and the training is very rigorous,” says Millie de la Valette. A diversity that is accompanied by a professional network that is unparalleled in the sector.
The Duperré School: creativity and versatility
The École supérieure des arts appliqués is in second place on our list. Its strong point: creativity. “There is a deceived spirit, a universe,” observes Nahd Hamza. The same is true for Mathias Ohrel, the leader of m-O Conseil: “There is an artistic openness from the very beginning. It is a school that reveals the creative side of its students. It pushes them to seek a personal purpose.”
The institution offers a range of training courses that begin with a one-year refresher course at the DSAA (diplôme supérieur des arts appliqués). Renowned for its artistic profile, this public school is also praised for the “pragmatism” of its teaching. “The students always have a very good level, both in terms of technique – textile dimension, knowledge of the different materials – and drawing. It is rare to have students who are equally strong on these two points,” says Dalia El Kahwagi, recruitment manager at Christian Dior Couture.
Described as “very versatile”, Duperré graduates are appreciated by recruiters. “This is what we are looking for in a stylist: creativity, but also pragmatism,” says Jean-Benoist Joussant, head of recruitment for the Etam group.
ECSCP: the most competent in haute couture
Described as “essential” by several professionals in the sector, the École de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne, third in our ranking, was created in 1927. The ECSCP is first and foremost appreciated for its “technicality”. “We have had a partnership with her for a long time, because she is the most specialized school in haute couture. She works with many companies, and her teaching quickly adapts to the needs of recruiters,” says Dalia El Kahwagi, recruitment manager at Christian Dior Couture. “Professionalism” which translates into “a very good level of drawing”, a great asset on the job market.
“These young stylists and model makers are the most effective. They know perfectly how big houses work,” says Millie de la Valette. The establishment, which includes Alexis Mabille (haute couture and ready-to-wear designer) and Issey Miyake (Japanese designer) among its former students, offers a four-year training course as well as a professional certification for students who already have a foot in creation.
Esmod: In tune with the pros
A good network, a large number of specialisations and teaching adapted to the market: these are Esmod’s main assets, cited by recruiters. Founded in 1841, the school, the fourth in our list of achievements, remains “in step with today’s fashion industry,” says Mathias Ohrel. The training “integrates the constraints of the market and the profession. It is a concrete and realistic teaching,” says the consultant.
Esmod offers a three-year fashion designer stylist designer program, whose professionals appreciate the series of specializations. “It is one of the only schools to offer training in the specificities of lingerie,” emphasizes Jean-Baptiste Joussant. The same is true for Lætitia Jacquetton, style director for Galeries Lafayette’s own brands. “They have a children’s fashion section. It’s very important for us, because it’s not at all the same as adult fashion, especially at the technical level,” says the school’s former student.