Imagine living in Paris for a month and studying fashion. You experience the beauty of the city, the great food. And you learn about all aspects of the fashion industry, first-hand, in English.

You design clothes and accessories, create a collection, learn the who’s who of the industry, and, if in season, you participate in Paris Fashion Week and Paris fashion shows. Add to all this, you learn French, French culture, see the world’s most amazing museums, visit Versailles and much more.

At Paris Fashion Institute, our dedicated team offer programs with focus on many areas of the fashion industry, including –

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
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Program Overview

  • Our Mission and Philosophy

    Paris Fashion Institute, established in 1976, provides a beautiful, secure and stimulating environment where students gain hands-on knowledge of all aspects of the fashion industry — design, marketing, manu­facturing, merchandising and retailing. Our month-long seminars, offered in June and September, are held on the campus of Cité Universitaire in Paris. All classes are taught in English. We accept students from all over the world to study with legendary designers and industry professionals. In addition to an intensive course of study, students will enjoy visits to the major museums, a day at Versailles, and attendance at Paris fashion shows when in season.

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  • A Diverse Curriculum

    Students learn the inside mechanics of fashion, an overall view of the design industry and how a design studio operates. Participants learn how a collection is created from color to silhouette, how to forecast and report on trends, fashion terminology and the true value of a garment. We explore sales and promotion. Invaluable information is provided for future retailers, from consumer behavior and buying patterns to the workings of distribution channels..

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  • The Application Process & Costs

    Enrollment is now open for our June and September programs. To apply, simply complete the application form and submit for review alongside a small fee. Applications can be submitted through our online portal or by mailing to the Boston administrative office.

    We are always happy to answer questions you may have. Please email us at

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  • Great Career Outcomes

    Learn about fashion, meet life long friends, and network with the “who’s who” of the industry. PFI gives you the knowledge and hands on experience you’re craving. Our alumni have credited PFI as a life changing experience that’s paved their path for a successful career in fashion.

    Don’t take our word for it —  just read our students’ testimonials.

    Alumni Stories


  • Anna Henares,

    If there is a heaven for fashionistas, Paris Fashion Insitute must be it! Must attend if you want to pursue a career in fashion 🙂 I wish the program would have been longer because it is truly one unforgettable experience. Not only were the teachers fabulous, but the field trips were unbeliev­able! Given a choice, I would do it all over again!

  • Kayla Williams, Class of June 2015

    Paris Fashion Institute is a must! The program was amazing. Having the opportunity to study at Paris Fashion Institute gave me the hands-on experience I needed to move forward in the industry. The experience allowed me the opportunity to turn my fashion concepts that I have learned in the classroom at my university, and apply them to industry related scenarios in Paris. I was also able to strengthen my career preparation, and gain a unique perspective into the fashion industry.

  • Farah Hammad, Class of September 2014

    One of the best decisions I made! It was an enriching experience in which I gained a different perspective into the fashion industry. It gave me the opportunity and the push to start my clothing line. The teachers were amazing and very helpful. PFI's founder, Joan White, is amazing and I thank her for the continued support!

  • Yanailyayeva, Class of September 2017

    I fell in love with fashion even more, I fell in love with Paris and amazing people, with who I had an honor to be near: professors, lectors, designers and my beloved director Diane Pernet @asvof. By the way Diane is the first fashion blogger in the world. It is such an honor for me to meet you and to be in your energy! Thank you so much for being with us during this month!

  • Britainée, Class of September 2017

    Thank you so much for this experience. PFI has given me the tools and knowledge to take my business to the next phase. The information gained from this program is truly priceless. You and your instructors have left a dent in my heart and my mind.

  • Jeremy Tsui, Class of September 2017

    I just want to thank you and tell you how much I love the program and how much I learned. Going to Paris has given me a third perspective, it opened my eyes completely, and changed my fashion taste. I realize it is so valuable and I definitely appreciate this experience.

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Are you ready for a future in fashion?