Paris is the birthplace and reigning capital of the fashion industry. The couture houses. The designers. The boutiques. The city itself. Things happen in Paris that happen nowhere else. And in a peaceful oasis in the very center of this spectacular city is the Cité Universitaire — campus of Paris Fashion Institute.

Here is the first school where students of fashion design, marketing, and merchandising enjoy the unique experience of learning about the industry and living with the very people who create it.

Since 1976 Paris Fashion Institute has provided an education and has been an inspiration and practical training ground for the real workings of fashion.

Students learn first-hand from professionals in such fields as public relations and product development. These enriching experiences enable them to gain an insight into the industry, broadening the concept of fashion beyond clothing to include everything from cosmetics to crystal.

Paris Fashion Institute's advisory board represents some the most talented and experienced individuals in the fashion world.  

Board of Advisors

  • CHANEL: Karl Lagerfeld, Designer
  • COMME DES GARÇONS: Rei Kawakubo, Designer
  • GILLES DUFOUR, Designer
  • SACHA DUKIC, Designer
  • TAN GIUDICELLI, Designer
  • KENZO, Designer
  • THE MISSONIS, Designers
  • ASVOF, ASVOFF: Diane Pernet, Fashion Journalist
  • CONDÉ NAST: Patricia Carroll, Advertising Director
  • ELLE COR, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL: Marian McEnvoy, Author, Contributing Editor
  • FASHION NETWORK.COM: Godfrey Deeny, Fashion, Global Editor-in-Chief
  • GLAMOUR: Claudia Rappeneau, European Fashion Editor
  • LYSSA HORN, International Fashion & Interior Consultant
  • W: Elizabeth Haynes, Luxury Director Europe
  • ARCHITECTURE & ASSOCES: Jean-Christophe Poggioli & Pierre Beucler, Founders
  • RICK OWENS: Jo-Ann White, Head of Accessories
  • BLOOMINGDALES: Chantal Rousseau, President, Europe
  • CHAMBRE SYNDICALE: Didier Grumbach
  • LVMH FASHION GROUP: Sydney Toledano, Chairman & Chief Executive
  • HERMÈS: Pauline Vilbert, International Public Relations
  • IMG MODELING AGENCY: Jenni Rose, Director of Model Scout
  • ISSEY MIYAKE: Marie Charmel, Creative Director
  • NEXT MODELS: Dawn Wolf, Senior Model Agent
  • YOHJI YAMAMOTO: Irene Silvagni, Creative Director
  • JOE GAFFNEY, International Photographer

Paris Fashion Institute was honored to have on its board Sonia Rykiel, Azzedine Alaia, André Courréges, Loulou De La Falaise, Erté, Madame Gres, Phillippe Guibourge, Francois Lesage, Eric Mortensen, Guy Paulin, Yves Saint Laurent, Susan Train, and Hervé Leroux Leger.

Special thanks to Maxinne Capen Spector and Paul McDonough, beloved collaborators.