The Arts of Fashion Foundation 2018 innovative Paris 4-week intensive Fashion MasterClass program, is taught in English. The chosen theme of inspiration for this summer session was STRIPES (Banksy - Washing zebra stripes - A wall in Timbuktu, Mali, 2009) with a strong focus on pleating with Maison Lemarie from Les Metiers d'Art CHANEL.
As previously, this new session was hosted at the Paris Decorative Arts Museum:
Les Arts Decoratifs: 111, rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 - Metro Palais Royal, Louvre or Pyramides.

Every session, creative designers are invited to work 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.

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Arts of Fashion Foundation MasterClass 2018 | STRIPES - Guest Designer Gustavo Lins


FangLiang Yuan | CANADA – Montreal | LaSalle College Internaional LCI | School of Fashion Arts & Design
RunQiu Xia | CHINA – Beijing | Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology | Fashion Design

Pablo Lopez | COLOMBIA – Medellin | Colegiatura Colombiana | Fashion Design
Jessica Wijaya | FRANCE – Paris | Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture | Fashion Design
Mariela Osorio | MEXICO – Monterrey | Universidad de Monterrey | College of Art, Architecture and Design
YuJeong Choi | SOUTH KOREA | Seoul - Myongji University | Department of Design
Alexandra Avery | USA – Chicago, Il | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Fashion Design
Katherine Haiey | USA – Philadelphia, PA | Drexel University | Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Credit Photo | Rodolphe Bricard
Models | VIP Models - Marion, Melisande and Carla
Beauty | Hairstyle Rene Sebaoon | Make up Sylvie Trinh | Shoes | Carel - Repetto

Thanks to Maison Lemarie - Lognon, les Metiers d'Art CHANEL and Les Arts Decoratifs - Paris | Press LookBook

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 H’Limi and Kenta Matsushige (2014), Long-Nam To (2014/15), Yiyu Chen & Haesung Bong (2015), Stephanie Coudert (2016-17) and Gustavo Lins for this session 2018.

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Haute Couture designer Gustavo Lins was the guest designer 2018. 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 H’Limi and Kenta Matsushige (2014), Long-Nam To (2015), Yiyu Chen & Haesung Bong (2015), and Stephanie Coudert (2016-17).


arts of fashion foundation masterclass 2018 - gustavo lins

Son of a surgeon, Brasilian-born Gustavo Lins has always been a skilled drawer with a strong passion for anatomy. After studying engineering then architecture in Belo Horizonte, Gustavo moved to Paris to pursue a career in Fashion.  It was under the guidance of Juliette Cambursano — former head of Cristobal Balenciaga’s Haute Couture atelier— that Gustavo learned to master the traditional techniques and crafts of haute couture.

During that time, he developed his own approach to volume, questioning the relationship between architecture and fashion, as well as the rational side of geometry in comparison to the organic side of the human body.  His skills and talent led him to work for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, John Galliano, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Guy Laroche, Agnès b. and Jean Paul Gaultier Couture. In 2004, he launched his luxury ready-to-wear brand, Atelier Gustavolins, known for its masculine–feminine aesthetics and sculptural lines. Since 2011, he has been a permanent member of Haute Couture, presenting his collections while developing unique collaborations with “petit h” d’Hermès and the Manufacture de Sèvres just to name a few.

In his intimate workshop located in the 3rd arrondissement, Gustavo is currently developing a new conceptual contemporary line: ARCHI-SWEAT. This new line creatively combines references to Japanese estampes, kimono designs, Balenciaga constructions, with a sophisticated modern urban universe filled with skaters, street artists, and rappers.

Arts of  Fashion Foundation  summer Masterclass 2018 - Paris


- 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 minimum 5-day a week, 9AM-6PM with 1 hour lunch break)

2018 Schools & Universities already represented below by the final acceptation of their students - updated May 25, 2018

CANADA – Montreal | LaSalle College Internaional LCI | School of Fashion Arts & Design
CHINA – Beijing | Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology | Fashion Design

COLOMBIA – Medellin | Colegiatura Colombiana | Fashion Design
FRANCE – Paris | Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture | Fashion Design
MEXICO – Monterrey | Universidad de Monterrey | College of Art, Architecture and Design
SOUTH KOREA - Seoul | Myongji University | | Department of Design
SPAIN – Barcelona | LaSalle College International LCI | Felicidada Duce
USA – Chicago, Il | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Fashion Design
USA – New York, NY | Parsons School of Design | Fashion Design
USA – Philadelphia, PA | Drexel University | Westphal College of Media Arts & Design


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 Maison Lemarie.

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 the stripes for this upcoming Summer Fashion MasterClass 2018.

Stripes is the 2018 theme for the Summer Fashion Masterclass – In spite of a long history starting in the Middle Ages, the stripes remain a symbol of marginality but associated with freedom, ardor, pleasure and derision.
The stripes or a way to be noticed but by a casual elegance and a timeless style.
Let's play and be invaded with stripes to make visible those who wear them, or fully forget them through innovative silhouettes, becoming part of your collection and creative reservoir.
From the concept developped around the stripes, each student will have to design and build two innovative and meaningful silhouettes, outlining exquisite and carefully design.

- LAB is a studio course dedicated to design and execute finished garments from the 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 and Savoir Faire. 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 - Les Arts Decoratifs, 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 26, 2018.
A photoshoot is also organised the last day of session for portfolio purposes on July 27, 2018.

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.


The Arts of Fashion Foundation 2018 innovative Paris Fashion MasterClass program offers to Fashion students and recent graduates an intensive Fashion design studio course program of 160 hours, over a period of 4 weeks - equivalent to 9 credit hour, and consisting of 5-day a week at least, 9 AM to 6 PM, (with one hour lunch break). Tuition fee $5725.

All applicants have:
- to complete the individual registration form online
- to email their CV/resume in attachment (, in shortly explaining why they think this program can help them (motivation).
- a recommendation letter from professor or from a previous student from the Arts of Fashion is always welcome but not requested.
- a Skype interview may be scheduled.
Upon receipt of your registration form and reception of your CV/resume and motivation letter, the Arts of Fashion will review your application and send you the final decision about your enrollment.

The MasterClass is limited to 15 students and only the full payment tuition fee will secure your spot. After the 15th 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.


Full payment of tuition fees is requested to secure your spot after acceptation in the program. Payment is in US $ by check enclosed to Arts of Fashion Foundation or bank wire transfer. You can also pay by credit card via Paypal, 3% of processing fees will be added to the amount.
All cancellation must be made in writing: before November 1st, 10% will be deducted for processing fees. After May 1st, 2018 no tuition fee will be refunded


Depending of the availability, we can propose individual rooms for $1600 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 program for unforseen reasons or circumstances, tuition fees will be posted to the next masterclass session.


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 Decorative 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 in a bid to ensure the continued survival and saving the precious parisian know-how of the haute couture.


The house of Lemarié, bought by Chanel in 1997, holds onto its roots. Established in 1880 by André Lemarié’s grandmother , the “creation of feathers for finery” developed with success and the company became, over the years, the primary feather worker in France. Founded in a competitive environment (in 1900 there were more than three hundred feather workers in Paris), it developed to become a benchmark in its field, if not the only feather workers in France. Its longevity is due to the exceptional knowledge of those who work there: the delicate work with feathers which are dyed, refined, curled and pounded and of which there is a remarkable collection, hidden in boxes as old as the company itself. The flower work which takes place, creates the famous camellias of which twenty thousand are delivered to Chanel every year, in tweed, fur, satin and, even occasionally, in plastic or cardboard. Each of these demanding hours of work depending on the complicated nature of the design. Lemarié also demonstrates its talents in tailoring; delivering smocking, inserts and ruffles to the top fashion names: naturally Chanel, followed by faithful customers which include Dior, Balenciaga, Valentino and Givenchy.


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 in July 2013 and is today part of Maison Lemarie.

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.