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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.

students at work

PFI Seminars are given June 1–28 and September 1–28

Students learn and are inspired by observing people, their habits and their personal expression in Parisian daily life. Paris Fashion Institute guides you into famous fashion haunts, trend-setting boutiques and stores to better understand where inspiration comes from. In a saturated marketplace only creativity, quality and originality make the difference.

Paris is perhaps the richest cultural city in the world and PFI guides students through this vast mosaic of artistic and historical treasures. Three guided tours of the most important museums of Paris are conducted by an accredited art historian. There is also a day trip to Versailles. To enable the students who do not speak French to maneuver about the city, understand and be understood, survival French is taught the first week.

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“The Paris Fashion Institute is an intense program that kept me busy from the minute I woke up until the minute I fell asleep. After study­ing fashion for four years I was finally given the chance to have a hands on experience as well as an understand­ing of how the industry really worked.” Jodi K. Williams