become a renowned fashion designer. The Fashion design course at Ecole Conte – a school created in 1949 – is one of the oldest such courses delivered in Paris. During the course, we provide a creative laboratory space that facilitates contact, sharing, mutual encouragement and communication around fashion. Our students benefit from a high-quality fashion education as well as our textile know-how, and get a very comprehensive professional training.
The training can be combined with work placement from the second year onwards.
The first year is an opportunity to acquire the basic elements of a range of disciplines: concepts and trends, collections, fashion drawing and accessories alongside an exploration of techniques in pattern-making, moulding, assembly and direct cutting. First-year goals include creating mood-boards, analysing images and developing themes – all of these going towards the development of a personal portfolio.
During the second year, the basic elements acquired in the first year in designing, creating and presenting a mini collection of one to three accessorised silhouettes are enhanced. This project is shown to the public at open-door events. The year is also notable for its industry partnerships and the inroads made into the world of business, including an internship at a major company or with a designer. The experience is rounded off with the production of a written work placement report.
Design, creation and presentation of a personal collection of 6 to 8 silhouettes. Every aspect of the project is covered including the collection’s publicity, distribution and manufacture. The entire range is presented to the public during a fashion show and also to a panel of acclaimed industry professionals and designers.
Key points of programme
Educational level required: Baccalaureat
Personal work portfolio:
Qualities required: a fashion designer should have a strong feel for future trends. Always in the know, the designer has a curious mindset and keeps abreast of the latest trends, keeping up to date with everything: devouring magazines and blogs, looking at window displays of major stores and boutiques, visiting trade shows and staying on the cutting edge of street fashion…with an assertive personality, the fashion designer has the ability to leave his or her mark on everyone!
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