August 3, 2015

The world’s biggest fashion design schools

Paris, London, Milan and New York are the world’s recognized fashion capitals and, as it probably was only natural, also the main university centres when it comes to fashion and design.

Making the choice between these top fashion destinations isn’t, nevertheless, an easy feat.

In Paris, the offer varies from lectures held by famous teachers and bachelor and graduate studies provided with diplomas in a wide variety of fashion spin offs.

Paris Fashion Institute

The Paris Fashion Institute offers, since 1976, English language seminars on design, marketing, manufacturing, merchandising and retail, with tutors such as Karl Lagerfeld, Yohji Yamamoto or Stella McCartney. Additionally, the Institute provides its students with access to the Parisian fashion high life, including practical studies of the city’s fashion week, as well as visits to the Louvre and Versailles.

1_International Fashion Academy

The International Fashion Academy, on the other hand, with a 30 years tradition, holds university courses in Paris and Shanghai. Furthermore, IFA students can apply for scholarships as well as continue their design studies with MBAs in Fashion Business, Luxury Brand Management or Global Fashion Media.

London is also very attractive through Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London, where the same Stella McCartney, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen have pursued their respective academic trainings.


Italy, in its turn, has two top level fashion design institutions, Istituto Marangoni in Milan and the famous Polimoda, in Florence.




In the US, New York has no fewer than three reputes schools, the New York University, Parsons The New School For Design, certified by former students Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, and the Fashion Institute of Technology having among its alumni Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors.

Additionally, for the young fashion aficionados planning to do a few red carpet study cases, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles is also an option.


So, it seems that there are few questions left. Should I study fashion where Stella McCartney is teaching or where she studied herself? is one among them. They have too little importance, though, as graduating from one of these institutions truly is the first step towards becoming a fashion industry name.


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Photo sources: Istituto Marangoni,, International Fashion Academy, Polimoda, NYU, Parsons, FIT,