Saint Laurent Will Open a Couture Training Program for Fashion Students


While New York, London, and Milan all have seminal roles in the fashion world, Paris has always remained the true epicenter of the industry. Much of this has to do with its haute couture tradition: the French capital is the only city in the world to host a Fashion Week dedicated to looks handcrafted inside exclusive ateliers whose time-honored techniques take many years to master.

Getting a foot in the door at such an establishment has long remained a closely guarded secret to young designers, but Saint Laurent has just announced a new training program that makes it all that much easier. The prestigious house has teamed up with two French fashion schools to create a six-month program for students wishing to finesse their craft and and learn to approach design from a haute couture mindset.

Starting this September, an undisclosed number of students from Institut Français de la Mode and the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne will have the opportunity to learn trade secrets and techniques directly from Saint Laurent staff from the house’s couture division. The program will also include academic input from both school’s top tier faculty leaders.

In a statement made earlier today, Saint Laurent’s president and CEO Francesca Bellettini explained that the initiative is part of a wider strategy to ensure the house’s modes of savoir-faire are maintained by generations in the future. “Preserving our heritage while evolving and being very relevant in our epoca is a pillar of our strategy, and investing in talents is an imperative condition to build on our success even further,” he said. “I am very proud of this partnership with such renowned and prestigious institutions as the IFM and ECSCP, which will greatly contribute to the implementation of our strategy.”

Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne is one of the oldest fashion schools in the world; the institution was founded in 1927. Its most notorious alumni include Yves Saint Laurent himself, who graduated from the school in 1955.


prev link:
createdAt:Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:16:40 +0000
displayType:Standard Article