ARCHI-COUTURE : The Antidote to Uniformity
- A collaboration with Maison Lesage - Paris

The fifth FOUR-WEEK SUMMER FASHION MASTERCLASS PROGRAM organized by Arts of Fashion Foundation and hosted by Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris runs from June 25th to July 20th, 2012.

A duo of rising star designers works with a group of selected international fashion students on an innovative project to be exhibited at the end of the program in the Hall des Marechaux at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs on July 19th, 2012 (4-9PM).
The ephemeral exhibition will travel to San Francisco at the end of October for the annual Arts of Fashion Foundation Symposium.

DESIGNERS: Christine Phung, Zoe Vermeire, with the participation of Caroline Winckel
SELECTED FASHION STUDENTS: Niki Baker, United States/ Apparel Arts – San Francisco | Elizabeth Barbaro, Australia/ Whitehouse Institute of Design – Melbourne | Florina Ivascu, Romania/ University of Art & Design – Cluj Napoca | Geo Kim, South Korea/ Samsung Art & Design Institute – Seoul | Alexandra Nam, South Korea/ Parsons The New School for Design – New York | Samar Nasraldin, Saudi Arabia/ International Fashion Academy – Paris | Nika Amy Tang, United States/ Academy of Art University – San Francisco | Xiaotian Zhang, China/ Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology – Beijing

- Increase and develop creativity by exposing students to new techniques, craft and different design approaches.
- Learn and experience first hand from first class renowned creative designers.
- Give students feedback on their portfolios and professional projects.
- Initiate and encourage collaboration between professional designers and students.
- Allow students to mingle and network with other fashion driven students from all over the world.
- Each Summer program is taught in English with 2 distinct fashion projects, with 2 teams of designers/ fashion & textile faculty/designers for 20 students.

Fashion Designers
Christine Phung, Paris | Duperre – Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques + IFM – Institut Francais de la Mode | Grand Prix Mode de la Ville de Paris 2011 | Finalist Mango Award 2012
Zoe Vermeire, Ghent | La Cambre – Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels | Belgian Finalist H&M Design Award 2012

Caroline Winckel, Paris | Textile Designer for Maison Lesage, Consultant at UNESCO for the African craftsmanship techniques.

Nathalie Doucet, San Francisco | Director of Collaborative Educational Initiatives & Research of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

After the successful summer Fashion MasterClass 2011 in collaboration with the renowned pleating Atelier of Mr. Gerard Lognon, the Arts of Fashion is offering to fashion students and recent graduates another unique opportunity to work with creative designers and another Art of Haute Couture: the embroidery with the renowned Lesage House – paying homage to Mr. Francois Lesage.

Participants will have the chance to be introduced to the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftsmanship from the Parisian Haute Couture tradition including some embroideries techniques such as the Luneville.
The main idea is not only to sharpen their skills, increase their vision and develop their creative potential, but also pushing their design and inventiveness boundary to the appropriation of the know-how – “the antidote to uniformity”.

Participants will design a capsule collection around a defined atmosphere (60’s – Eichler), following the inspiration of the current Paris fashion exhibitions (Balenciaga – Comme des Garcons) and exploring design strategies such as the use of unconventional materials, the ideas of transgression and subversion (violation and satirization of norms and conventions underlying couture clothing), including surrealism and pastiche (creating unexpected and unconventional associations between different types of clothing or other objects, combining styles from different historical periods or popular culture). Then, they will have to build two silhouettes - an organza “dress” / weightless & transparent and a wool “coat” / dry & opaque. The embroidery research (Lesage) will be incorporated to the project in term of embellishment but also design and function.
A certificate will be delivered to students according to the completion of the Fashion MasterClass, requirement and work exhibited.
The Hall des Marechaux at Les Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre will host the new ephemeral exhibition of the work in process produced by students on Thursday July 19, 2012.
This exhibition will travel to San Francisco at the end of October 2012 for the Arts of Fashion Symposium 2012 and Beijing at the beginning of 2013.


Australia - Whitehouse Institute of Design - Sydney -
China - Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology - Beijing -
France - International Fashion Academy - Paris -
Romania - University of Art & Design Cluj - Cluj Napoca -
South Korea - Samsung Art & Design Institute - Seoul -
United States - Apparel Arts - San Francisco -
United States - Academy of Art University - San Francisco -
United States - Parsons The New School for Design - New York -


The Arts of Fashion Foundation launches a forth - Paris innovative four-week intensive summer MasterClass fashion program in English - IN FASHION MODE. It will take place at the Paris Decorative Arts Museum in the famous Le Louvre Palais - 107 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 - - Metro Palais Royal / Musee du Louvre.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop students creativity in fashion design and gain a deeper understanding of contemporary fashion draping and craft techniques of embellishment. Moreover, students will be able to sharpen their skills in embroidery, applied patterns, inserts, and incorporate them into cutting-edge styles.
From the Paris Decorative Arts Museum's lectures and visits of exhibitions students will draw their inspiration and incorporate innovative techniques in their project.  Students will design and bring together 2 different silhouettes to be exhibited the last thursday of the program at the exhibition hall in the Museum (on Thursday July 19, 2012). In addition, students are strongly encourage to participate in the cultural program offered during the weekends to visit spots in Paris and Antwerp. Students will have the opportunity to do sketching during these visits.

The Arts of Fashion Summer 2012 @ Musee des Arts Decoratifs - Paris in Fashion Mode (107, rue de Rivoli Paris 75001) offers to Fashion students intensive and qualitative Design and Fashion related courses, over a period of 4 weeks, consisting of five-day a week, 9 AM to 5 PM, (with one hour lunch break) from June 25 - July 20, 2012. Tuition fees are $ 4620. 
In collaboration with the Fondation des Etats-Unis, we can propose single rooms for $ 1300 for the entire length of the summer program. Check in Sat. June 23 & Check out Sat. Jul 21, 2012. The dormitory is located in the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris - 15, Boulevard Jourdan Paris 75014 - Metro Cite Universitaire.

Full payment of tuition fees is requested at the time of the registration. The payment will be made in US $ by check enclosed to Arts of Fashion Foundation or bank wire transfer or online by credit card through Paypal. All cancellation must be made in writing before the dates below. Prior to January 15, 2012, refund of tuition fees less a 10 percent penalty, prior to April 15, 2012, refund of tuition fees less a 30 percent penalty | After April 15, 2012, no tuition fees refund.

Please note that the registration and tuition fees do not include international insurance and medical coverage. It is the responsibility to each participant to contract a personal international insurance before leaving for the summer program in Europe. We advice participants to take information first from their own insurance company in order to have additional medical and liability coverage during their travel and stay.
The tuition fees do not include transportations, accommodation, meals, cultural program, visits, personal expenses, materials and medical insurance. The Arts of Fashion Foundation, and their members, volunteers, designers, guests and instructors, and space owner, will not be held responsible for liability due to accident, injury, damage, loss of material and belongings or any other incident causing loss or harm to a program participant during the 4-week session and travel time, even if the incident is occurring by the involved parties.
It is the responsibility of the student to be insured and to insure or not what they produce, carry or / and submit. In case of a cancellation of the Summer program for any reason or circumstances tuition fees will be refunded.

Spots are limited and are on first come, first served. All applicants have to complete online or by mail the individual registration form, as well as the full payment of tuition fees to the Arts of Fashion Foundation as soon as possible as class size is limited to 20 students.
Upon receipt of your registration form and payment, Arts of Fashion will review your application and will send you additional information and your enrollment confirmation. After the 20th student registered, all next students will be on a waiting list and be contacted if some spots would be available. Students on the waiting list will be contacted in order of receipt of their registration form.

Students are expected to provide some supplies. Registrants will receive a list of the needed materials before the summer session begins. Expenses are estimated to cost $ 400.

Program participants must take their own arrangements to and from Paris.
General information about airports of Paris on and public transportation on
Please note that all visitors will need to present a valid passport (that does not expire before the end of the visit), proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
For US citizen, a visa is not needed. After going through the French customs, you will be free to travel in the Schengen space during the period of your stay less than 3-month.
For non-US citizen, if your country does not have a special agreement with France/Europe, you will have to obtain a visa.
For more information about the process that you need to begin 2 months before your departure time, please visit the website of the US Bureau of Consular Affairs:

Arts of Fashion Summer Program @Musee des Arts Decoratifs - Paris in Fashion Mode -


Les Arts Décoratifs manage four national museums : the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, the Musée de la Publicité (at 107 rue de Rivoli, the Rohan and Marsan wings of the Louvre) and the Musée Nissim de Camondo (at 63 rue de Monceau, the Hôtel de Camondo).

Les Arts Décoratifs is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production.
For many years it was known as the  Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (UCAD), but in December 2004 it changed its name to Les Arts Decoratifs while staying true to its original aims of safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design.

The goal of the Arts of Fashion Foundation is to develop and promote creativity in Fashion and give access to fashion students and young professionals to the best possible source of creative fashion education, as well as allowing the Arts of Fashion to fund and develop other creative and educational projects to benefit fashion students and the Academia.


The story began in 1858, when Charles Frederick Worth opened his haute couture fashion house, and started making use of the prodigious talent of the embroiderer Albert Michonet, whose studio was purchased by Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage in 1924. This was the beginning of a period of fruitful and close collaboration with the best-known names of the time.

In 1949, on the death of his father, François Lesage took over management of the company at the tender age of 20. For 50 years, he has cleverly combined the skills of a traditional craft with meeting the pioneering requirements of the new generation of fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld, but also Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Jean-Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, up to new talents such as Anne-Valerie Hash, Bouchra Jarrar and Alexandre Vauthier.

For each haute couture collection, François Lesage, and his team of designers and embroiders, develop a hundred new embroidered pieces, which are added to some forty thousand samples created since 1858.

François Lesage sold the Maison Lesage to Chanel in 2002. Paraffection, a specific independent company created in 1997 through Chanel SA, had begun its acquisition of many of Paris' top craftmenshops including Desrues – a costume jewelry and button maker, Guillet – a maker of fabric flowers, Maison Lemarie – a feather maker, Maison Michel – a millinery maker and recently another specialist in embroidery: Montex) in a bid to ensure their continued survival in a changing fashion industry and saving the precious parisian know-how of the haute couture.

Francois Lesage died on December 1, 2011, at the age of 82.

The goal of the Arts of Fashion Foundation is to develop and promote creativity in Fashion and give access to fashion students and young professionals to the best possible source of creative fashion education, as well as allowing the Arts of Fashion to fund and develop other creative and educational projects to benefit fashion students and the Academia.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), public, non-profit organization, linking both academics and professionals alike and is dedicated in fostering international cultural exchange through the creation of a variety of educational programs meant to facilitate critical thinking and advance the field of fashion among artists, designers, scholars and students.The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design process in fashion and the arts linked to it.