Under the art direction of the creative designers - Raphaelle Hlimi, Grand Prix of the City of Paris, Kenta Matsushige, Grand Prix of the Hyeres Festival, Akarasun Seanglai, Arts of Fashion Debut Series - a group of 14 selected international fashion students developped two innovative silhouettes combining different Parisian Haute Couture craftsmanships including pleating and embroidery to be exhibited at the end of the program in the Salon des Boiseries at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs on July 17th, 2014.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation Paris innovative four-week intensive summer MasterClass fashion program took place at the Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, in the famous Le Louvre Palais - 111 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001

The 2014 Summer theme is LE JARDIN DES PLANTES | Luxurious vegetation, nature and garden.
Thanks to Les Arts Decoratifs, Atelier Lognon & Maison Lesage - Paris.

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Arts of Fashion Foundation summer MasterClass 2014


14 selected Fashion students: Alejandra Burguete, Mexico - Parsons The New School for Design, New York | Milda Cergelyte, Lithuania - London College of Fashion, London | Jaeyeon Choi, South Korea - Parsons The New School for Design, New York | Veronica Clarke, Australia - Whitehouse Institute of Design, Melbourne | Claudio Suarez Davio, Argentina - University of Palermo, Buenos Aires | Doyel Joshi , India - Parsons The New School for Design, New York | Laura Giancola, USA - University of New Orleans, New Orleans | Monika Lepschy, Czech Rep. - University of West Bohemia, Pilsen | Iva Pfeiffer, Australia - Raffles College of Design & Commerce, Sydney | Brendan Smith, Australia - Melbourne School of Fashion, Melbourne | Niki Sullivan, USA - Michigan State University, East Lansing | Hillary Tobler, USA - Parsons The New School for Design, New York | Mariana Vanegas, Colombia - Colegiatura Colombiana, Medellin | Yao Yu, China - Parsons The New School for Design, New York.

Credit Photo and Video: Photographer Nicolas Fleure, IMG models Paris: Viera Bajanikova, Litay Marcus and Maya Panturin, Hair Stylist: Run Sebaoon, Make Up artist: Wallace Woo and Videographer: Zaz Girard.

Thanks to Les Ateliers Lognon, Maison Lesage, Aurore de La Morinerie and Les Arts Decoratifs for their collaboration to this program.

The goal of the Arts of Fashion Foundation abroad MasterClass Program series is to further develop and promote creativity in fashion, exchange of ideas, give fashion students access to the best possible sources of fashion education and to fund development of other creative and educational projects.


Organized by Arts of Fashion Foundation and hosted by Les Arts Decoratifs, at the Louvre Palais, Paris - run from June 23 to July 18, 2014. Les Arts Decoratifs - 111 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 - - Metro Palais Royal, Louvre or Pyramides.

Rising star designers will work with a group of selected international fashion students on an innovative project linked to the development of new silhouettes, pushing the creativity of each participant and using embellishment, pleating and embroidery techniques coming from the unique craftmanship of the Parisian Haute Couture.
Thanks to Les Arts Decoratifs, Atelier Lognon & Maison Lesage - Paris.

This course - taught in English - is an intensive Fashion Design studios program of 140 hours, over a period of 4 weeks, equivalent to 9 credit hour, from Monday to Friday, 9AM-6PM, with one hour break for lunch . An ephemeral exhibition is organised at the end of the program in the Salon des Boiseries Musee des Arts Decoratifs on July 17, 2014 (5-9PM) as well as a photoshoot the last day of the program.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop students creativity in fashion design and gain a deeper understanding of research, contemporary fashion draping and craft techniques of embellishment. Moreover, students are able to sharpen their skills in embroidery, applied patterns, inserts, pleating and incorporate them into cutting-edge styles. From the Paris Decorative Arts Museum's lectures and visits of exhibitions students draw their inspiration and incorporate innovative techniques in their project.  Students 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 17, 2014). In addition, students are strongly encourage to participate in the cultural program offered during the weekends to visit spots in Paris and Antwerp.


- 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 a team of fashion & textile designers for a class of 15 students.

Participants have the chance to be introduced to the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftsmanship from the Parisian Haute Couture tradition via the Atelier of Lognon and the Maison Lesage - Paris. The main idea is not only to sharpen participants skills, increase their vision and develop their creative potential, but also pushing their design and inventiveness boundary to the appropriation of the know-how / Savoir-Faire / The French cultural exception – “the antidote to uniformity”.

Participants design a capsule collection around a defined atmosphere, following the inspiration of the current Paris fashion exhibitions 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 have to build two silhouettes. The pleats and embroidery research will be incorporated to the project in term of embellishment but also design.

-- Lab Studio is a unique type of studio course dedicated to design and execute finished garments from two original silhouettes with prominent designers as critics. Student develops and defines their own concept through the themes given and following their design research.
-- Collaboration Studio is a unique type of studio course dedicated to explore and experiment textile design techniques from Haute Couture & Savoir Faire with Embroidery and Pleating. Student dvelop and applies their own textile research for their design project.
-- Fashion Culture Mode offers a comprehensive survey of the Paris fashion design fields. Through fashion professionals and guests, field trips and exhibitions as well as our collaboration with the Museum Les Arts Decoratifs and unique access to their collections and library, student learns the scope and dimensions of the Parisian fashion industry and its related fields and activities.

A certificate and grades are delivered based on student work and performance, according to the completion of the Fashion MasterClass, requirement and work exhibited.
The Hall des Marechaux at Les Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre host the new ephemeral exhibition of the work in process produced by students.


The Decorative Arts 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. The Decorative Arts manages four national museums: the Decoratives Arts Museum, the Fashion and Textiles Museum, the Advertisement Museum and the Nissim de Camondo Museum. Safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design is the mission of the Decorative Arts.


The story began in 1858, when Charles Frederick Worth opened his haute couture fashion house in Paris, 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. Following the death of his father in 1949, François Lesage took over the management of the company at the young age of 20. For 50 years, he 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, and John Galliano. Francois Lesage died on December 1, 2011, at the age of 82. He had already sold the House to Chanel SA in a bid to ensure the continued survival and saving the precious parisian know-how of the haute couture.


The pleated in Haute Couture has remained an exceptional and unique Art work and since four generations for Gerard Lognon. This mysterious embellishment technic - which particular effect of pattern is obtained by pleating - was kept secret for a long time. From Madeleine Vionnet to Issey Miyake, every designer has at one time or another explored its own infinity of pleating. Most of the 3000 molds for pleats were designed and made by Gerard Lognon’s grand father: Georges. This Parisian workshop has become another unique Haute Couture craftmanship spot where still meets greatest designers from Dior and Hermes to name only a few luxury brands. As Maison Lesage - Paris, the Atelier Lognon has been bought by Chanel SA in July 2013.

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.