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Academic research

Institut Français de la Mode develops research in social sciences and management in the fields of fashion, clothing, luxury, perfumes and cosmetics and design. It looks at the major changes in design, innovation, and the evolution of lifestyles and consumption. It provides in-depth analysis of the cultural, sociological, stylistic and economic trends at work in the creative industries, exploring in particular new functional logics and the contribution of new technologies. Through its PhD program offered in partnership with University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, young researchers are encouraged to approach fashion from a multidisciplinary angle. Here you will find some of our latest publications.

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Our public conferences are aimed at individuals who wish to learn more about the fashion industry. The conferences touch on the historical, economic, professional and social aspects of fashion, as well as the aesthetic dimension, by providing a platform for the best specialists in the field and those on the front line of the big changes in creative positions. They take place at 36 quai d'Austerlitz 75013 Paris. A €5 registration fee is due when you arrive. Please register by email: In order to be informed about future conferences, you may sign up to our newsletter.

Practical information

Paul Poiret and the Birth of the Luxury Brand by Mary E. Davis (Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at FIT, NYC):
22 January 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
L’habit fait aussi la pensée : réflexions sur un imaginaire du vêtement en philosophie by Marie Schiele (ENS, PhD student):
26 February 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Ce que le banal fait au design by Tony Côme (ENS Cachan, PhD in Art History):
19 March 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm
Mode féminine, mode masculine sous l’Empire romain : traces et perception by François Chausson (Historian, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne):
16 April 2019, 6:00-8:00 pm