About Institut Français de la Mode

Institut Français de la Mode is a higher education institution, a training center for apprentices, a provider of executive education, as well as a center of expertise for the textiles, fashion and luxury industries. It provides educational programs from vocational training to doctoral level, by cross-fertilizing design, management and craftsmanship.

As of 2019, Institut Français de la Mode brings together Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne, founded in 1927 and recognized for the excellence of its training in couture savoir-faire, and IFM, founded in 1986 and a pioneer in fashion management education.

Institut Français de la Mode now offers:
• Higher education training programs in fashion design (among which two new degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts), in fashion management and in couture savoir-faire
• A training center for apprentices
• Short, certificate or custom-designed continuing education programs for companies and institutions
• Summer School programs
• Academic research activities which produce publications in the field of economics as well as social and human sciences applied to fashion and design
• An Economic Observatory which offers steering tools for professionals and daily analysis of fashion consumption and distribution
• One of the most complete specialized libraries in France

Institut Français de la Mode is a member of HESAM Université, of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). It is supported by the French Ministry of Economy. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

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What students think about Institut Français de la Mode

    Guillaume HENRY (Class of 2001), Creative Director, Nina Ricci

    Institut Français de la Mode turns its students into fashion design professionals. I was impressed by the pace of the projects and by the quality of the faculty dedicated to our program. Institut Français de la Mode puts you as close as possible to the reality of the industry, and embraces all the steps of the creative process, right up to the end product. A 360-degree learning experience!

    Vogue, 2 September 2015

    Since its creation, IFM has been considered as one of the best fashion design and fashion management schools.

    Tuomas MERIKOSKI (Class of 2002), Founder of Aalto International

    Usually nothing beats real experience in the industry, but Institut Français de la Mode is definitely the best program to prepare you for it. Institut Français de la Mode gave me the opportunity to mature my approach and pushed me to dig into who I was as a designer. Hard work, failures and successful projects, in an obsession to push you to the limit - this is the recipe to elevate a student from a bachelor to a master.

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Scholarships at Institut Français de la Mode

Depending on the program, need-based scholarship may be awarded to EU students under 28 years of age, based on financial criteria.

Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • Social Activities

Facts about Institut Français de la Mode

  • Year institution founded: 1986
  • Total enrolled: 205
  • Number of Full-time students: 180
  • Number of Part-time students: 25