The chosen theme of inspiration for the Arts of Fashion Foundation 2016/17 innovative Paris 4-week intensive Fashion MasterClass program, taught in English, is ICELAND. As previously, this new session will be hosted at the Paris Decorative Arts Museum: 111 rue de Rivoli Paris 75001 - Metro Palais Royal, Louvre or Pyramides. Every session, a new tandem 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.

Credit Photo: Jean-Paul Lefret | Paris MasterClass July 2016

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- 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 crafstmanship 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)

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), and Stephanie Coudert (2016).

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.


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 Lemarie. Atelier Lognon and Maison Lesage from Les Metiers d'Art Chanel.

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 ICELAND for this upcoming Winter Fashion MasterClass.

- iCELAND is the new theme for the Winter Fashion Masterclass – another treasure island: lunar landscapes in response to the clash of elements – black sand beaches and lava fields out of sight amid the fire guts spewing volcanoes, breathtaking waterfalls and geysers, and floating icebergs. 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 volcanic winter coat and an icy evening dress.

- 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 January 12, 2017.
A photoshoot is also organised the last day of session for portfolio purposes on January 13, 2017.

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 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.