BACK TO SCHOOL: Paris is to set up a new school for fashion.
The “public elite university for fashion,” as Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture and communication, called it, will be a partnership between the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Mines ParisTech and Paris Dauphine University.
It is expected to start operations in September, according to the minister who acknowledged that “the landscape of higher education programs for professions concerning fashion and luxury in France lacks legibility and structure.”
“There are about 60 programs, only 13 of which are public and their direction varies greatly,” Pellerin noted, adding that in the new facility, “creation, production and fashion management will be united under one umbrella, leading students all the way to a master’s degree if desired.”
Pellerin has been advised by Lyne Cohen-Solal, whom the Ministry of Culture and Communication together with the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs had charged with creating a report on the fashion industry, earlier this year.
In her report, Cohen-Solal drew attention to the fact that all finalists of French fashion’s most coveted competitions in 2015, including Hyères, ANDAM and LVMH’s Young Fashion Designer Prize, essentially came from three foreign schools: Central Saint Martins in London, La Cambre in Brussels and Aalto University in Helsinki — “all three public school, all integrated in a university program in countries very close to ours,” Cohen-Solal noted, calling it “a humiliating weakness.”
Details of the new program are to be revealed next month, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Culture and Communication told WWD. This will also concern the school’s location, which will either receive its own campus or be part of the schools it partners with.