The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a 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.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation is the First American organization to bring together emerging fashion designers from around the world to share and celebrate creativity in Fashion.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation was created in December 2001 as the U.S. extension of the world renowned Concours International des Jeunes Créateurs de Mode, an international student design competition sponsored by Air France and the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.
This global competition was introduced in 1982 in Japan and has grown steadily over the past 23 years. With the inception of the U.S. segment of the foundation, Nathalie Doucet, a fashion design professor and designer based in San Francisco, CA, was chosen as the director. She has introduced seminars, lectures, debates, and hands-on workshops to the competition, making the annual Arts of Fashion Symposium an extraordinarily rich fashion event. Each year, an honorary president is chosen by the Foundation, and new lecturers, from the different facets of fashion design are brought in to share their experiences with the attendees. Past Presidents have included: Didier Grumbach (President of the French Fédération de la Couture, 2002), Charles Kleibacker (Couturier and Curator of the Columbus Museum of Art, 2003), Florence Muller (Fashion Art Historian and Curator, 2004), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Iconic Fashion Designer, 2005), Olivier Saillard (Fashion Curator at Museum Galliera, 2006), Veronique Branquinho (Contemporary Fashion Designer, 2007), Ma Ke (Premiere Chinese designer invited to show at Haute Couture, 2008), Susan Scafidi (Professor and Director of the Fashion Law Institute - Fordham University, 2009), Manish Arora (Pioneer creative Indian Designer, 2010) and Steven Kolb (CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, 2011).

In April 2006, unfortunately the Paris organization announced it had lost its main sponsor, and thus was closing the book on an illustrious period of  23 years supporting and launching thousands of young talented fashion designers. Fortunately for the Arts of Fashion Foundation though, it has managed to receive the support of the Paris counterpart and was given the Grand Prize awarded at the final rounds in Paris: namely the one-year scholarship at the renowned fashion schools from the Chambre Syndicale in Paris, to present to the winners of the U.S. competition. Since then and every year, other prizes are offered, including four-week scholarships in partnership with prestigious institutions such as Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre in Paris (2008), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels (2009), and Les Arts Decoratifs - Le Louvre (2010, 2011 and 2012), as well as internships in creative fashion design Houses such as Anne-Valerie Hash, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Veronique Branquinho, Manish Arora, Jerome Dreyfus and Nice Collective in San Francisco.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation had entered into a new era in 2007, with the competition growing from a national one, to becoming instead an international showcase of talent and a week long fashion design symposium with seminars, lectures, master classes, fashion shows, and awards ceremony.

From the very beginning, the Tandem-Series was very successful and provided an open dialogue amongst the guest speakers, professionals, faculty members and students, and is constantly addressing the challenges and opportunities of the fashion industry.
Soon after, the CarteBlanche-Series was introduced, giving room to exhibit the works of students, and designers from around the world. This series allows designers to present their designs on runway, or set up mounted exhibitions in host galleries and museums.
In 2005, the MasterClass-Series were first initiated to great success, offering to students the option of working intensively during 5 days under the direction of world-renowned designers.
In 2007 the Debut-Series premiered, and aimed at promoting and assisting rising design talent within the United States. In 2008 the Debut-Series presented its second edition of young design talent with 3 emerging designers from New York. The designers in addition to showing their garments on the runway, received courtesy of the sponsor YKK-U.S.A. Inc. a stipend to help in the construction of the garment, as well as paying for air flight and accommodation for these designers. The 3 emerging designers also had the opportunity to present and display their garments at the prestigious Debut gallery in New York.
The Fashion-Edu series, initiated in 2008 and is aimed at the educational community, incorporating and addressing current issues facing the academia, and the fashion and design education programs globally.

The year 2008 has been fundamental for the foundation, and saw the inception of unique and creative oriented 4-week summer programs abroad and in Europe, in collaboration with prestigious institutions: Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre in Paris, and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels. In 2009, the portfolio of prestigious schools offering intensive classes and programs increases to include Parsons the New School for Design - NY  with a 2-week winter class in January. In July 2010, a new successful formula has been established with a 4-week summer MasterClass program in Paris in partnership with Les Arts Decoratifs - Le Louvre and guest cutting-edge designers. The last Thursday of this program ends with an exhibition in the magnificent Hall des Marechaux at the Louvre. Since October 2011, the ephemeral exhibition travels to San Francisco during the Symposium.

Along with the Arts of Fashion Foundation pre-existing sponsor YKK-U.S.A. Inc. , the Foundation in 2008 partnered with all of: Target, who sponsored of the fashion competition with YKK-U.S.A. Inc. and contributed to the cash prize awarded to each of the winners of the internships and scholarships. The Brussels Export committee sponsored the CarteBlanche series, allowing emerging European design talent to showcase their creations to the American public. Surface Magazine became the official media partner of the event, running a full-page ad about the 2008 Symposium in its annual international avantgarde issue.

In 2009, the Arts of Fashion partnered with Drexel University in Philadelphia where the Symposium was hold on Oct.24-28, with the International Competition Fashion Shows showcased at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. The Arts of Fashion was back to San Francisco on Dec 3-7, 2010 and the event was hosted by the Art Institute of California - San Francisco, with the Fashion Shows taking place at the Bently Reserve.

The Arts of Fashion Foundation celebrated 10 years of promoting innovative design and cutting edge fashion of emerging designers and students from around the world on October 29-30, 2011 at the inspiring San Francisco Art Institute. Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designer of America joined the group of jurors and participated in the Tandem-Series. The Symposium featured two fashion exhibitions - showcasing 120 silhouettes from the student competition and 24 from the Paris Summer MasterClass projects - as well as, professional and academ ic conferences bringing around the table Paris, New York and Beijing perspectives in fashion education and fashion organizations. LINK

In 2012, the Arts of Fashion Foundation continued to develop new partnerships. Fashion students, from the 4-week summer MasterClass at Les Arts Decoratifs - Paris, had the chance to work directly their own design with the legendary embroidery House of Lesage. In October, a group of 18 high school students from the French American International School of San Francisco interned at the Arts of Fashion Foundation, allowing them to discover "behind the scene" the entire show production of the 11th Arts of Fashion Symposium hold for the second time at the San Francisco Art Institute, October 27-28. LINK

In April 2013, the first round selection for the 12th International Arts of Fashion Student Competition under the theme Resilience was generously hosted at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The Arts of Fashion Symposium and Competition 2013 will happen on October, 24 at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. A new Award will be offered: a 4-Week internship at the studio of Maison Lesage - Paris.

San Francisco - updated 8/15/13


* Intramuros - International Design Magazine | Paris - The Arts of Fashion Foundation - Apr. 2013 / LINK
* San Francisco Chronicle | SF Unzziped - Arts of Fashion Foundation Symposium 2012 - Nov. 2012 / LINK
* San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco - A Clear Mission - Oct. 2012 / LINK
* LostinSF | San Francisco - Fashion Backstage to Catwalk - Oct. 2012 / LINK
* Exposedzippers | New York - Nathalie Doucet - Mar. 2012 / LINK
* Fashion School Daily | San Francisco - A Round up of the Textile Arts Council - Apr. 2012 / LINK
* DeYoung Museum | San Francisco - Authentic Gaultier - Mar. 2012 / LINK
* Splash | Los Angeles - Celebrating a Decade of Emerging Design Talent - Mar. 2012 / LINK
* Wall Street Journal | New York - Looks From 7 Emerging Designers - Nov. 2011 / LINK
* San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco - Arts of Fashion Foundation Symposium 2011 - Oct. 2011 / LINK
* 7x7 magazine | San Francisco - Style San Francisco - Oct. 2011 / LINK
* France Amerique | New York - Top 50 2011 - Ces Francais qui comptent aux Etats-Unis - Jul. 2011 / LINK
* France Amerique | New York - Nathalie Doucet, la bonne fée de la mode à San Francisco - Feb. 2011 / LINK
* San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco - Arts of Fashion Foundation Show - Dec. 2010 / LINK
* Vivanista | San Francisco - Benefit tomorrow by investing in today fashion designers - Nov. 2010 / LINK
* Afingo | USA -  Le modalogue takes MasterClass with designer Anthony Vaccarello - Sept. 2010 / LINK
* 7x7 magazine | San Francisco - Style Council San Francisco - Aug. 2010 / LINK
* The Posh Report | USA - New Fashion Warriors - Jun. 2010 / LINK
* Noovo editions | Spain - Arts of Fashion - Nov. 2009 / LINK
* San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco - SF Glamour goes global in fashion extravaganza - Oct. 2008 / LINK
* Wikipedia - Arts of Fashion Foundation / LINK


Matthew Ames, 2009
Laurie Apple, 2012
Manish Arora, 2010
Sandra Backlund, 2007
Jeffrey Banks, 2006
Crstof Beaufays, 2004
Jeanne Belhumeur, 2008
Elodie Blanchard, 2005
Isabelle Blandiaux, 2007
Matthieu Blazy, 2007
Veronique Branquinho, 2007
Natalia Brilli, 2007
Francois Broca, 2006

Andrea Cammarosano, 2012
J.R. Campbell, 2012
Beth Charleston, 2004
Ann Claes, 2007
Gregory Climer, 2011
Alain Coblence, 2006
Carole Collet, 2004
Daniele Controversio, 2007
Stephanie Coudert, 2005
Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, 2005
Aurore De la Morinerie, 2004
Tony Delcampe, 2004
Julien Dossena, 2006
David Duby, 2010
Laurent Edmond, 2007
Steven Faerm, 2008
Hermann Fankhauser, 2005
Sandrina Fasoli, 2008
Philip Fimano, 2003
Shelley Fox, 2008
David Gil, 2007
Didier Grumbach, 2002
Donna Gustavsen, 2010
Joe Haller, 2008
Bora Han, 2010

Ian Hannula, 2008
Peter Hermesdorf, 2006
Kathryn Hillier, 2005
Riley JohnDonnell, 2011

Fabienne Jouvin, 2008
Andrea Kalish Reynders, 2009
Ma Ke, 2008
Charles Kleibacker, 2003
Steven Kolb, 2011
Sara Koslowsky, 2010
Helena Krbcova, 2009
Nico Krebs, 2005
Jonathan Kyle Farmer, 2009
Lan Lan, 2011
Susanna Lau, 2006

Melissa Laird, 2012
Emmanuelle Linard, 2003
Christine Mayes, 2011
David Meyer, 2008
Arnaud Michaux, 2009
Etienne Mineur, 2005
Jennifer Minniti, 2010

Juliana Luna Mora, 2012
Flore Morton, 2011
Florence Muller, 2004
Franco Musso, 2004
Colombe Nicholas, 2002
Taiko Onorato, 2005
Ben Ospital, 2005
Stephanie Otto, 2008
Elisabeth Paillie, 2005
Francine Pairon, 2003
Charlene Parsons, 2007

Lea Peckre, 2012
Julie Perrin, 2009
Christine Phung, 2011
Natallia Pilipenka, 2008
Cathy Pill, 2008

Amy Prince, 2008
Lucile Puton, 2011
Bradley Quinn, 2005
Douglas Reker, 2007
Nancy Riegelman, 2008

Libena Rochova, 2012
Thierry Rondenet, 2007

Galya Rosenfeld, 2005
Olivier Saillard, 2006
Carlos Santiago, 2007
Amy Sarabi, 2009
Susan Scafidi, 2007
Helga Scania, 2005
Akarasun Seanglai, 2008
Jiwon Shin, 2003
Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong, 2011
Summer Skrzelowski, 2003
Chelsea Snyder, 2009
Sasiwimol Sreevitoon, 2010
Isabelle Steger, 2008
Megan Stein, 2007
Laurence Teillet, 2009
Julie Thibodeaux, 2009
Aurore Thibout, 2009
Anthony Vaccarello, 2006
Luciana Val, 2004
Anne Valerie Hash, 2006
Gert Van de Keulen, 2003
Lionel Vandenbemden, 2008

Zoe Vermeire, 2012
Lisa Weiss, 2011
Christian Wijnants, 2009

Chu Yan, 2012
Liang Yan, 2011
Herve Yvrenogeau, 2007

Rong Zheng, 2011


Ryan Adridge, 2008
Barbora Augustinova, 2012
A-Lan Baik, 2004
Zeynep Baran, 2007
Elizabeth Barbaro, 2011
Hae-Sung Bong, 2008
Lucian Broscatean, 2008
Caroline Brown, 2004
Ann Burton, 2005

Mariele Capssa, 2009
Alex Chapman, 2003
Lauren N. Chekoudjian, 2005
Connie Chen, 2004
Jinjoo Cho, 2009

Seon-Myeong Choe, 2012
Sun Young Choi, 2012
Chung-Ying Chu, 2004
Iris Chulumbat, 2005
Hayley Clark, 2004
Juliana Da Costa, 2005
Jessica Darwin, 2006
Laura Dawson, 2002
Alicia Declerck, 2011
Thunyarnee Denwikrom, 2004
Anh Duong, 2005
Jennifer Dusold, 2002
Jessica Earley, 2004
Jo Eun A, 2011
Andre F. F Amorim, 2008
Amy Ferrell, 2003
Francis Forrest, 2008
Shure Gambat, 2003
Xiaonan Gao, 2008

Yiyi Guo, 2012
Bora Han, 2009
Maren Hartman, 2002

Halimshah Hassan, 2002
Dakter Heidi, 2002
Lisa Hutchinson, 2005
Florina Ivascu, 2010
Julia Janeczek, 2005
Jae Yoon Jeong, 2006
Miranda Kaloudis, 2011
Alyse Killeen, 2007
Dong-Eun Kim, 2003
Rosa Kim , 2004
Annina King, 2004
Shivonne Kissoondath, 2002
Naoki Kitamura, 2003
Chi Kwan, 2006
Chantal Le Corps, 2003
Shu Chuan Lee, 2003
Jung Soo Lee, 2005
Kellyn Leventon, 2002
Li Li, 2007
Sara Londoño Jaramillo, 2009

Kuan Lu, 2012
Lenka Markova, 2010
Yamilka Missair, 2005
Emily Moon, 2008
Kimberly Moore, 2003
Mia Murphy, 2005
Elena Musteata, 2009
Hamana Nagisa, 2007
Miyako Nakumura, 2003
Bea Nam, 2006
Katherin Neumeyer, 2002
Susanna Ngao, 2008
Ninh Nguyen, 2009
Chantelle Norton, 2003
Juliana Orrego Trujillo, 2010

Milka Osoro, 2009

Stephanie Otto, 2004
So-Young Park, 2003
Johanna Pascual, 2003 - 2004 - 2005
Natallia Pilipenka, 2007
Pavla Podsednikova, 2011
Maxime Rappaz, 2011
Kristin Ritter, 2002
Amy Sarabi, 2007
Akarasun Seanglai, 2002 - 2004
Inessah Selditz, 2005
Mittal Shah, 2004
Kyoonhee Shin, 2006
Iva Solilová, 2009
Eun-Jin Song, 2010
Megan Stein, 2005

Santiago Utima, 2012
Piyapong Thongpetch, 2007
Toby Tyler, 2004
Issariya Virajsilp, 2002
Jessica Wagner, 2003
Kyoto Wakamatsu, 2002 - 2003
Feng Chen Wang, 2010
Laurence Weinisch, 2007
Leanne Wierzba, 2006
Mary Wolf, 2004
Man Wen Yang, 2005
Patricia Yoon, 2003
Chi-Lai Cherry Yuen, 2008
Kathy Zampelis, 2010
Xiaotian Zhang, 2011
Ysmael Zipagan, 2010
Carrie Zoltowski, 2002



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Caroline Ahn, Paris 2008
Diego Alvarez. Salazar, Paris 2010
Stefanie Ayoub, Paris 2011
Cynthia Bach, Brussels 2008
Tatiana Baibabaeva, Paris 2010
Elisabeth Barbaro, Paris 2012
Hae Sung Bong, Brussels 2009
April Burrus, Paris 2008
Paula Cheng, Brussels-Paris 08

Jie-Euen Choi, Paris 2010

Sun Young Choi, Paris 2013
Justin Chu, Paris 2013
Beenish Dadwani, Paris 2008
Angela Denny, Paris 2011
Shady Elias, Paris 2008
Elsa Ellies, Paris 2011
Jeff Everingham, Paris 2010

Ariane V. Gagnon, Paris 2013
Megan Hallo, Paris-Brussels 08-09
Bora Han, Paris 2010
Chris Horner, Brussels 2008

Kaycee Houchin, Paris 2011
Florina Ivascu, Paris 2012
Justin Jamison, Paris 2011
Isa Kaufman, Paris 2010
Alyse Killeen, Brussels 2008
Alina Kim, Paris 2010
Geo Vanna Kim, Paris 2012
Annina King, Paris 2010

Patricia Fumo, Paris 2013
Danielle Leja, Paris 2011
Joyce Liang, Brussels 09-Paris 11
Alice Loeffer, Brussels 09-Paris 10
Valentina Lokhova, Brussels-Paris 08
Tina Martin, Paris 2010
Hope MacDonald, Paris 2010
Leah Mendelson, Paris 2011
Alexandra Meynier, Paris 2011
Emily Moon, Brussels 2009
Elena Musteata, Paris 2010
Alexandra Nam, Paris 2012

Samar Nasraldin, Paris 2012
Audrey Neustadler, Paris 2010

Ayse Oytay, Paris 2010
Grace Park, Paris 2013
Jesus Rohena, Paris 2008
Amy Sarabi, Paris 2008
Iva Solilova, Paris 2010
Eunjin Song, Paris 2011
Melissa Stowe, Brussels 2009

Magnhild Sundland, Paris 2013
Nika Tang, Brussels 09-Paris 10-11
Allen Tram, Brussels 2008
Ed Tung, Paris 2008

Santiago Utima, Paris 2013
Isabel Varela, Paris 2008
Marilia Viera, Brussels-Paris 08
FengChen Wang, Paris 2011
Brandon Wen, Paris 2010
Jordan Wiehle, Paris 2010
Rebecca Wolfrum, Paris 2008
Mayuni Yamamoto, Paris 2008
Chi-Lai C. Yuen, Brussels 2009
Xiaotian Zhang, Paris 2012


Dr. Jeanne Belhumeur
Dr. Katherine Bourguignon
Adrian Cooper
Nathalie Doucet
Dr. Angelo Miatello
Douglas Reker
Jiwon Shin


Nathalie Doucet,
Fashion Designer, Consultant and former U.S. Fashion Professor - San Francisco, CA
President of the Arts of Fashion Foundation - Director of Collaborative Educational Initiatives & Research of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Steven Faerm,
Director, Undergraduate Fashion Design Program - Parsons The New School for Design - New York, NY
Director of the - Series of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Jiwon Shin,
Movies Director, Brooklyn, NY
Director of the CineToile - Series of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Douglas Reker,
Fashion Designer, New York, NY
Director of the Debut & ShowRoom - Series of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Michael Hawkins,
Designer, Google Play Magazines - Mountain View, CA
Director of Communication and Press of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Philippe Houeix,
Interior Architect, Set and Product Designer, P-H-Consulting - San Francisco, CA
Treasurer of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Dr. Li Li,
Assistant Professor, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong
Hong Kong Deputy Director for Strategy and Development of the Arts of Fashion Foundation.

Charles K. Lewis,
Attorney at Law - San Francisco, CA


The challenge for the American fashion industry as well as for the design education would be the adoption of a copyright law for fashion design with the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act. Students would have to learn how to develop their own creative potential. Schools and Universities would have to review and adjust their way of teaching fashion and curriculum. The Arts of Fashion Foundation has long been an advocate in the development of copyright laws to protect designers. The Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act - IDPPPA introduced on Aug 5, 2010 in the Senate will push corporations to rethink and regulate their current standards of copyright in order to avoid any legislative action or negative publicity. The IDPPPA will encourage them to invest and work with true designers rather than shopping for ideas. The passing of this Act will only help to end the productions of copycats and to diminish the piracy industry. The IDPPPA will provide young professionals access to the creative positions that they deserve and to be recognized for their work.  It will also stimulate and secure them to develop their own designs and to be creative and independent. This is what has happened in every other industrialized country upon the passing of their copyright laws. When the IDPPPA passes, the United States could ride the crest of a new revolutionary fashion, fueled by the creative potential of their young designers. This will give the U.S. fashion industry a true future.

Credit Photo Emmanuel-Lauren

Nathalie Doucet - Arts of Fashion Foundation's President - 06/06/2011

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.