PARIS — Since opening on Rue Saint Roch here in 1927, l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has schooled the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake, and, more recently, Anne Valérie Hash and Alexis Mabille.
Few, however, know where the institution is located. That’s about to change, according to Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach, who is busy preparing for the institution’s transfer in October to new 24,000-square-foot digs at 119 Rue Réaumur in the bustling third arrondissement.
The new building has already seen its fair share of fashion, having once housed Jean Patou’s ateliers at the turn of the 20th century. Designer Maurizio Galante will likely collaborate on the site’s design.
“It will be the most visible school in the world,” asserted Grumbach, who said the move is due to the school outgrowing its current location. This is due partly to the recent addition of a fourth year of work experience for a selection of students, under the sponsorship of brands.
The initiative was implemented by the Cercle Saint Roch, chaired by Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano, which is composed of human resources managers of company members of the federation. The new Chambre Syndicale site can accommodate around 400 students.
The school’s embrace of new technological methods, as a complement to instruction of traditional couture pattern-making techniques, also calls for more space. The school uses pattern-making software systems developed by Lectra.
Said Grumbach: “3-D is the future. Today, [something can be] designed in Paris and woven in São Paulo.”
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