The Arts of Fashion Foundation launched the 2016 innovative Paris 4-week intensive Fashion MasterClass program, taught in English. The chosen theme of inspiration is CUBA. As previously, this new session was hosted at the Paris Decorative Arts Museum: 111 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 - Metro Palais Royal, Louvre or Pyramides.
Every session, a new team of creative designers is invited to work during 4-week intensively with a group of maximum 15 selected international fashion students and recent graduates, on an innovative, defined and educational project to be exhibited at the end of the session.

Stephanie Coudert, Haute Couture designer, accepted our invitation to teach the Fashion MasterClass 2016.
Previous Paris MasterClass instructors included leading creative designers such as Anthony Vaccarello (2010), Aurore Thibout (2011), Christine Phung and Lucile Puton (2012), Zoe Vermeire (2013), Raphaelle HLimi and Kenta Matsushige (2014), Long-Nam To (2015), Yiyu Chen & Haesung Bong (2015).

Credit for the Arts of Fashion Foundation Summer Paris MasterClass 2016:
Art Director - Stephanie Coudert | Photographer - Yann Bohac | Hairstyle - Run Sebaoon | Ballet dancers from the Opera of Paris - Manon Kolanowski - Nais Dubosc - Kelly Riffaud-Laneurit | Model - Joanna Graca from IMG Paris | Designers - Megan Rose Fettle - Maria Alejandra Parra Parodi - Kartika Wijaya - Young Woo Kim - Anette Nyseth - Mimmy Begazo - Yancheng Yao - Yanting Yao - Yi Ding - Yiwen Li.

Thanks to everyone involved and Les Arts Decoratifs, Maison Lemarie-Lognon, PFAFF and Repetto.

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Stephanie Coudert Masterclass Paris 2016


Selected students Australia | Melbourne - Whitehouse Institute of Design
Colombia | Medellin - Colegiatura Colombiana
Indonesia | Jakarta - LaSalle College
South Korea | Incheon - Incheon National University
USA | San Francisco, CA - Academy of Art University
USA | Miami, FL - Miami International University of Art & Design
USA | New York, NY - Parsons the New School for Design


- Increase, develop and promote creativity by exposing talented students to different cultural environments, design approaches and new techniques, including the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftmanship from the Parisian Haute Couture.
- Learn and experience first hand from first class renowned highly creative minded and independant fashion designers.
- Give students support and direction to develop their own design DNA while receiving feedback on their portfolios and professional projects including best source of education, senior thesis and international competitions advice.
- Initiate and encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas between professionals, designers and students.
- Allow students to mingle and network with other fashion driven students from all over the world and in Paris.

The MasterClass course studio program is taught in English by a team of fashion and textile designers for a class of 15 students.
(160 hours, over a period of 4 weeks, equivalent to 9 credit hour and consisting of 5-day a week, 9AM-6PM with 1 hour lunch break)

The Arts of Fashion MasterClass program is an excellent opportunity and unique frame to enhance students creativity and sharpen interest in fashion design in gaining a deeper understanding of what and how to research in Fashion, and develop both contemporary fashion draping and craft techniques of embellishment in design. Here is the LINK to download in pdf the brochure.


The Arts of Fashion Foundation is offering to fashion students and recent graduates another opportunity to work with rising creative designers and explore the exclusive reservoir of Haute Couture through unique collaborations including Maison Lesage and Atelier Lognon.

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 boundaries to the appropriation of the know-how or savoir-faire.
Following the inspiration of the current Paris’ fashion exhibitions and exploring design strategies such as use of unconventional materials, the ideas of transgression and subversion including surrealism and pastiche, 15 selected participants by session will create and design capsule collection around a pre-defined atmosphere, following assignments and specific given theme such as CUBA for this upcoming Summer Fashion MasterClass 2016.

- CUBA is the new theme for the Summer Fashion Masterclass 2016 – Another treasure island, fascinating aesthetic under the wrinkles of Old Havana – a step back in time, frozen in the 50s, eclectic mix of styles under the sun. From the concept developped around the theme, each student will have to design and build two creative silhouettes from the capsule collection including at the very least a light Summer Coat/ cache-poussiere & an Evening Dress/ beach pyjamas.

(Photo Mural from JR's project - The Wrinkles of the City - La Havana |

- LAB is a studio course dedicated to design and execute finished garments from two original silhouettes with prominent designers as critics. Students develop and define their own concept through the themes given and following their design research.
- COLLAB is a studio course dedicated to explore and experiment textile design techniques from Haute Couture & Savoir Faire including Embroidery and Pleating. Students develop and apply their own textile research for their design project.
- CULTMODE 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 Decorative Arts Museum and unique access to their collections and library, students learn the scope, history and dimensions of the Parisian fashion industry and its related fields and current activities.

The Salon des Boiseries from the Decorative Arts Museum hosts the ephemeral exhibition of the work in progress produced by participants the last Thursday of the session (5-9PM) therefore on July 28, 2016.
A photoshoot is also organised the last day of session for portfolio purposes on July 29, 2016.

A certificate of participation is delivered to students according to full attendance of the fashion masterclass and work. The Arts of Fashion Foundation certificate of achievement is given only to students who completed all the requirement and which work is exhibited.

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 - including the diverse, unique and rich culture of craftmanship from the Parisian Haute Couture tradition - and to fund development of other creative and educational projects.


Depending of the availability, we can propose individual rooms for $1500 for the entire length of the program. The dormitory is located in the Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris - Boulevard Jourdan Paris 75014 - Metro Cite Universitaire.

* Please note that this establishment is a dormitory on a university campus, and rules are strictly upheld. This is only an optional suggestion provided by the Arts of Fashion Foundation to help the students.
We also invite you to look for other housing options in Paris, and these are easily accessed through the Internet today such as


Please note that the registration and tuition fees do not include international insurance and medical coverage. Therefore it is the responsibility to each participant to contract a personal international insurance before leaving for the winter and summer programs 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, travel time and stay in Europe 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.


Students are expected to provide some supplies. Participants will receive a list of the needed basic materials before the session begins. All fabric, interface, fusing, thread, embroidery and pleating supplies and anything else will be bought in Paris with the teaching designers approval. Estimated cost around $600, depending to student project.


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 just before the visit or before the end of the visit) and proof of sufficient funds and a return airline ticket are often requested by the authorities.

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. You need to begin the process at least 3 months before your departure time.


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


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.