Accessory design, the rising star of the fashion industry

By Institut Français de la Mode

Institut Français de la Mode, Accessory design

One of the most recurring recruitment offers in the fashion industry stays accessory design and the positions that it leads to*. Not a surprise having seen that brands such as Chanel make half of their profits from the accessories and perfume lines.

The proof of how important this fashion branch is becoming can be observed in the dedicated prizes such as the one that the Festival de Hyères gives to upcoming accessory designers.

To grasp an understanding of the products, fashion designers often choose a specialization to develop the required skills.  Some of the benefits of a specialization is to understand the different phases of development of a collection (sources of inspiration, iconographic research, materials, colour ranges, drawings, styles and product lines…) in order to move forward from concept to idea, design, product and then to setting up a collection (model, shape, function, materials, colors, animation…).

Institut Français de la Mode has developed two majors focused on accessory design. The objective of the Majors in Leather Goods and Footwear is to help designers deploy their creativity in a work process and calendar that reproduce those of an actual accessory design studio.

Through various creative bag or shoe design projects (depending on the chosen specialization), they develop their professional skills by alternating research, design and development phases during studio, workshop or in-house company work sessions.

After the first year the designers’ portfolio will reflect:

  • A bag or shoe creation project with a brand in the form of a pre-collection
  • Bag or shoe creation capsule projects involving societal issues such as sustainable development, innovation, or technology
  • A personal bag or shoe creation project for a prospective collection

The objective of the second year is to design and produce a full personal collection, coached by designers from Parisian fashion houses and revealed during a presentation to professionals and the public during Paris Fashion Week.

If this is something that interests you, do not hesitate to apply for next year. Admissions are open until August 24th.

*According to our career department and the offers they receive.

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