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The school of skill and style. The school where skill is style.

Vue de l'Institut Français de la Mode sur la Seine
© Jakob+MacFarlane - Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design - Photo James Ewing

The Institute

Institut Français de la Mode brings together Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and IFM. Both schools have made their mark on the world of fashion. ECSCP has embodied excellence "à la française" since 1927 and IFM was a pioneer in fashion management education from 1986 onward. Today their union offers Paris a new, open-minded and visionary "grande école" which nurtures tomorrow’s fashion talents.

About

Institut Français de la Mode is a higher education institution, a training center for apprentices, a provider of executive education, as well as a center of expertise for the textiles, fashion and luxury industries. Located in Paris, it provides educational programs from vocational training to doctoral level, by cross-fertilizing design, management and know-how.

As of 2019, Institut Français de la Mode brings together Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, founded in 1927 and recognized for the excellence of its training in couture savoir-faire, and IFM, founded in 1986 and a pioneer in fashion management education.

Institut Français de la Mode now offers:

  • Higher education training programs in fashion design (among which two new degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts), in fashion management and in savoir-faire
  • A training center for apprentices
  • Short, certificate or custom-designed continuing education programs for companies and institutions
  • Summer School programs
  • Academic research activities which produce publications in the field of economics as well as social and human sciences applied to fashion and design
  • An Economic Observatory which provides steering tools and studies for professionals, and a daily analysis of fashion consumption and distribution
  • One of the most complete specialized libraries in France

Institut Français de la Mode is a member of HESAM Université, of the Conférence des grandes écoles and of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). It is supported by the French Ministry of Economy. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

The new Institut Français de la Mode : principles and cornerstones. A world class School which:

  1. Symbolizes French fashion culture, where design takes first place and relies on excellence in craftsmanship, preserved and supported by management

  2. Works through steady interaction and synergy with fashion players, placing itself at the heart of its ecosystem, on a national and international level

  3. Anticipates changes in trades and provides a holistic approach in its teaching

  4. Deciphers and anticipates societal, economic and technological change with a view towards comprehensive innovation

  5. Is committed to student diversity, and diversity more generally speaking, both social, international or relating to academic background or professional paths

  6. Gives due credit to sustainable development in all its aspects, whether in relation to the environment, to corporate social responsibility, or to preservation of know-how

  7. Takes an interest in culture, understands the essential role it holds in design and in fashion, and makes it a pillar in its teaching

  8. Has a very broad conception of fashion, encompassing garments and the individual’s environment in a more general manner, extending to the sectors and initiatives inspired by the fashion system which were not initially part of it

  9. Nurtures simultaneously the depth of expertise and the cross-fertilization of disciplines

  10. Delivers educational programs spanning from vocational to Doctoral level, in order to encourage cross-disciplinary approaches and multiple pathways

  11. Develops research that promotes transversal approaches and perceptions, may it be theoretical, practical, analytical or creative

  12. Develops short and long term continuing education programs, with a broad scope or highly specific expertise, that will enhance individual and company skills at all levels

  13. Supports its students’ entrepreneurial and creative initiatives as well as innovation originating from the School or from partner companies and laboratories

  14. Puts the digital revolution into practice in its teaching and organizational methods

  15. Harmoniously combines fulfilling instruction and rigorous professionalization

New school, new premises!

By Autumn of 2020, Institut Français de la Mode will relocate all its activities to the Docks – Cité de la mode et du design – to entirely overhauled spaces, expanded to around 8 000 m².

Pending completion of the renovation work, the Institute will make use of its two campuses, Réaumur and Austerlitz.

Réaumur Campus

Of typically Parisian architecture with its railings, bay windows and old stones, plunged into the heart of Paris’s realm of textiles and press, the Réaumur campus accommodates courses in savoir-faire / craftsmanship and fashion design.

Austerlitz Campus

As a concrete and glass vessel which seems to hang above the Seine river, the Austerlitz campus displays its modernity and houses the fashion design and management programs, along with the Institute’s research activities.

Show-room campus réaumur
View of Institut Français de la Mode on the river Seine
Couloir campus Réaumur
Show-room campus réaumur
View of Institut Français de la Mode on the river Seine
Couloir campus Réaumur

Institut Français de la Mode’s alumni network is a passionate, active and supportive community which counts some 3,000 members in France and abroad. The Alumni Association represents graduates from Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and from IFM, united by the same dedication to fashion and creation. It supports its members and coordinates the network by organizing regular professional and social events. Our Alumni network counts heads of ateliers, designers, directors, craftsmen, entrepreneurs…. Pictured in the slideshow are but a few examples.

Until a new single governance is put in place by the summer of 2019, the alumni community of Institut Français de la Mode is structured around two distinct associations: the Alumni Association of Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne and the IFM Alumni Association. The two associations organize many social and professional events. Specific groups exist in different regions of the world, notably in the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland.

Kamil Arslan — Premier Atelier Modèles, Dior
Hubert Barrère — Designer, Lesage
Katalin Berenyi-Hoang — General Manager, Clarins and Founder, Erborian
Alicia Birr — Senior Strategic Planner Luxury & Fashion, Google
Florence Chéhet — Chef d'Atelier Flou, Dior
Bastien Daguzan — CEO, Paco Rabanne
Bertrand Guyon — Designer, Schiaparelli
Guillaume Henry — Designer, Jean Patou
Rabih Kayrouz
Gilles Lasbordes — General Manager, Première Vision
Alexis Mabille
Tomas Maier
Lucie Meier — Designer, Jil Sander
Tuomas Merikoski — Founder & Designer, Aalto
Issey Miyake
Fanny Moizant — Co-founder, Vestiaire Collective
Véronique Nichanian — Designer, Hermès Menswear
Cécile Ouvrard — Chef d'Atelier, Chanel
Lucien Pagès
Christine Phung — Designer, Léonard
Julien Pollet — President, Groupe Promod
Bastide Rey — Chef d'Atelier Prêt-à-porter, Dior
Stéphane Rolland
Yves Saint Laurent
Susanne Tide Frater — Brand & Strategy Director, Farfetch
Elie Top
Valentino
Nadège Vanhee Cybulski — Designer, Hermès Women's Ready-to-wear
Kamil Arslan — Premier Atelier Modèles, Dior
Hubert Barrère — Designer, Lesage
Katalin Berenyi-Hoang — General Manager, Clarins and Founder, Erborian
Alicia Birr — Senior Strategic Planner Luxury & Fashion, Google
Florence Chéhet — Chef d'Atelier Flou, Dior
Bastien Daguzan — CEO, Paco Rabanne
Bertrand Guyon — Designer, Schiaparelli
Guillaume Henry — Designer, Jean Patou
Rabih Kayrouz
Gilles Lasbordes — General Manager, Première Vision
Alexis Mabille
Tomas Maier
Lucie Meier — Designer, Jil Sander
Tuomas Merikoski — Founder & Designer, Aalto
Issey Miyake
Fanny Moizant — Co-founder, Vestiaire Collective
Véronique Nichanian — Designer, Hermès Menswear
Cécile Ouvrard — Chef d'Atelier, Chanel
Lucien Pagès
Christine Phung — Designer, Léonard
Julien Pollet — President, Groupe Promod
Bastide Rey — Chef d'Atelier Prêt-à-porter, Dior
Stéphane Rolland
Yves Saint Laurent
Susanne Tide Frater — Brand & Strategy Director, Farfetch
Elie Top
Valentino
Nadège Vanhee Cybulski — Designer, Hermès Women's Ready-to-wear

Institut Français de la Mode is at the heart of an international network which enables it to develop new educational offers and to encourage exchanges between faculty from different disciplines.

Cultural partnerships

Academic partnerships in France

International Academic Partnerships

Pending the implementation of a unified governance, which should be implemented in the Summer of 2019, Institut Français de la Mode has two entities.

IFM, a non-profit-making association, is supported by France's Ministry of Economy.

Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne is part of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

IFM Management

Dean:
Dominique Jacomet
Executive Director:
Sylvie Ebel

IFM Governance

Bureau

  • President: André Beirnaert
  • Vice-President: Sidney Toledano, Chairman and CEO, LVMH Fashion Group
  • Treasurer: Yves Dubief, President, Union Des Industries Textiles
  • Secretary: Pierre-François Le Louët, President, Fédération Française du Prêt-à-Porter Féminin
  • Member: Pascal Morand, Executive President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

Board of Administration

President

André Beirnaert

Representatives of the Textile sector:

  • Andre Beirnaert - President, IFM
  • Emmanuelle Butaud - General Delegate, Union Des Industries Textiles
  • Jean-Bernard Devernois - President, IFM Academic Affairs Council
  • Yves Dubief - President, Union Des Industries Textiles
  • Xavier Lepingle - Managing Director, Hermès Textile Holding
  • Bruno Proverbio - President, Société D'ennoblissement Textile Proverbio S.A.
  • Dominique Seau - President, Groupe Éminenc

Representatives of the Clothing sector:

  • Adeline Dargent - General Delegate, Syndicat de Paris de la Mode Féminine
  • François-Marie Grau - Deputy General Delegate, Union Française des Industries Mode & Habillement
  • Pierre-Francois Le Louët - President, Fédération Française du Prêt-A-Porter Féminin
  • Loïc Lemarchand - Managing Director, Daniel Hechter
  • Claude Miserey - President, Fédération Française des Industries du Vêtement Masculin
  • Alain Sarfati - President, Syndicat Interrégional des Industries du Vêtement Féminin
  • Laurent Vandenbor - General Delegate, Mode Grand Ouest

Representatives of the Haute Couture and Fashion sector :

  • Francesca Bellettini - President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Laurent
  • Guillaume De Seynes - Managing Director Upstream and Investments, Hermès International
  • Bruno Pavlovsky - President of Fashion Activities, Chanel
  • Ralph Toledano - President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Sidney Toledano - Chairman and CEO, LVMH Fashion Group

Representatives of the Distribution sector:

  • Elisabeth Cazorla -Ready-to-wear Director, Galeries Lafayette
  • Yohann Petiot - Managing Director, Alliance du Commerce
  • Stephane Maquaire - President and Chief Executive Officer, Manor Group
  • Richard Simonin - Corporate Director

College of qualified personalities:

  • Nathalie Balla - Co-President, La Redoute
  • Xavier Cornu - Chairman, X2c
  • Sylvie Dangelser - Director of Continuing Education, L'Oréal
  • Lucien Deveaux - President, Défi
  • Elizabeth Ducottet - President and CEO, Thuasne
  • Antony Grade - Director of Program Design, Renault
  • Didier Grumbach - Honorary President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Philippe Houzé - Chairman of the Board of Directors, ESCP Europe, Chairman of the Management Board, Galeries Lafayette Group
  • Pascal Morand - Executive President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Philippe Pasquet - Chairman of the Management Board, Première Vision
  • Yves Portelli - Deputy Director General of Education, Research and Training, Paris Ile de France Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Nelly Rodi - Founding President, Nelly Rodi

Members:

  • Gilbert Le Pironnec - Statutory Auditor, Amyot Exco Grant Thornton
  • Clarisse Reille - General Manager, Défi
  • Jean-Louis Tertian - Comptroller General for Economic and Financial Affairs, CGEFI, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Julien Tognola - Director of the Industry Department, Directorate General for Enterprise, Ministry of Economy and Finance

General Assembly

Founding members:

  • Union des Industries Textiles
  • Union Française des Industries de l’Habillement
  • Fédération Française de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

Active members:

  • Section de l’Ennoblissement Textile
  • Fédération de la Maille et de la Lingerie
  • UNITEX
  • Fédération Française du Prêt-à-Porter Féminin
  • Fédération Française Des Industries Du Vêtement Masculin
  • Fédération Française Des Industries De Chemiserie, Lingerie
  • Alliance du Commerce
  • Confédération Européenne du Lin et du Chanvre

Academic Affairs Council (CAA)

The Academic Affairs Council is in charge of ensuring the appropriate orientation of IFM’s academic and research activities.

President

Jean-Bernard Devernois, Vice-President, Union des Industries Textiles

Membres

  • Federico Arrigoni - Human Resources Director, Saint Laurent Paris
  • Chantal Baudron - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baudron SA
  • Thomas Bucaille - Human Resources Director, Petit Bateau
  • Tancrède De Lalun - Consultant, Xl Conseil
  • Frederique Deveaux-Von Tschammer - Chairman of the Management Board, Deveaux SA
  • Emmanuelle Favre - Human Resources Director, Christian Dior Couture
  • Corinne Fénéon - Executive Vice President Strategy & Retail, Hermès (New York)
  • Brigitte Flamand - Inspector General of National Education, Design & Applied Arts, French Ministry of Education
  • Chantal Gaemperlé - Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Synergies, LVMH
  • Didier Gesp - General Manager, Audacity
  • Didier Grumbach - Honorary President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • France Lacoeuilhe - Head of Luxury and Creation Mission, Directorate General for Enterprise - Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Gerard Laizé - Founding President, Designer'selection
  • Alain Lardet - Design Consultant, Alain Lardet SARL
  • Sylvie Le Bourhis - Human Resources Director Fashion Activities, Chanel
  • Rémi Lugagne - Human Resources Director, L'Oréal Luxe
  • Delphine Manceau - Executive Director, Neoma Business School
  • Géraldine Michel - Professor at IAE Paris, University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne
  • Xavier Royer - Director of the Leather Fashion Textiles Department, Opcalia
  • Isabelle Saviane - Group Human Resources Director, Eram Group
  • David Schwarz - Director E-Commerce and New Digital Activities of the Group, Carrefour

Economic Affairs Council (CAE)

The Economic Affairs Council is in charge of ensuring the right adaptation and the development of IFM’s monitoring activity and economic studies.

President

Richard Odier - Director General, Daum / Haviland.

Members

  • Virgile Caillet - General Delegate, Union Sport & Cycle
  • Pierric Chalvin - General Delegate, UNITEX
  • Nadine Cottet - Consumer and Market Insights Manager, Lacoste
  • Joelle Da Fonseca - Head of Economic and European Affairs, Union des Industries Textiles
  • Nathalie Damery - President, OBSOCO (Observatoire Société Et Consommation)
  • Denis Ferrand - General Manager, COE Rexecode
  • Pascale Florant - Secretary General, COFREET
  • Jean-Philippe Frey - Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit, Union Sport & Cycle
  • Bernadette Fulton - General Secretary, Fédération Nationale de l’Habillement
  • Frédéric Galinier - Deputy Director, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Christophe Gazel - Director General, Institut de Promotion et d'Etude de l'Ameublement (IPEA)
  • François-Marie Grau - General Delegate, Union Française des Industries Mode & Habillement
  • Hervé Huchet - Head of Human Division, Promas International and International Service Projects Department, Fédération Française du Prêt-À-Porter Féminin
  • France Lacoeuilhe - Fashion and clothing industries policy officer, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Franck Lehuédé - Senior Consumer Project Manager, CREDOC
  • Fabrice Leroy - Head of the Textile, Fashion and Luxury Bureau, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Dorval Ligonnière - Head of Research and Marketing, Fédération Française de la Chaussure
  • Marc Lolivier - General Delegate, Fédération du E-commerce et de la Vente à Distance (FEVAD)
  • Eric Mezin - General Delegate, ITU NORD
  • Paul Mouginot - Co-founder, DACO
  • Fabrice Obenans - Marketing, Communication & Digital Director, La Halle
  • Philippe Pasquet - Chairman of the Management Board, Première Vision
  • Yohann Petiot - Managing Director, Alliance du Commerce
  • Edgard Schaffhauser - General Delegate, Fédération Française de la Maroquinerie
  • Karine Sfar - General Delegate, Fédération de la Maille et de la Lingerie
  • Eric Sprung - General Manager, Sprung Frères
  • Laurent Vandenbor - General Delegate, Mode Grand Ouest
  • Michel Van Lathem - President, ITU NORD
  • Jean-Michel Vern - Head of the Trade Office - Sub-Directorate of Trade, Crafts and Catering, Ministry of Economy and Finance

École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne Management

Director:
François Broca

Governance Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the decision-making body of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. It is administered by 6 members, elected by the Governing Council.

Members:

  • Ralph Toledano - President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Francesca Bellettini - CEO, Saint Laurent
  • Guillaume de Seynes - Executive Vice President of Manufacturing Division & Equity Investments, Hermès International
  • Bruno Pavlovsky - President of Fashion Activities, Chanel
  • Sidney Toledano - Chairman and CEO, LVMH Fashion Group
  • Pascal Morand - Executive President, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

Governing Council

The Governing Council of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode is a deliberative and supervisory body. It is composed of 18 members, appointed by the General Assembly of the Federation. Didier Grumbach, who was President of the Federation from 1998 to 2014, is Honorary President, and as such sits on the Executive Board.

Members:

  • Pietro Beccari - Président-Directeur Général, Dior
  • Francesca Bellettini - Présidente-Directrice Générale, Saint Laurent
  • Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye - Président, Chloé
  • Etienne Bourgois - Directeur Général, Agnès b
  • Michael Burke - Président-Directeur Général, Louis Vuitton
  • Cédric Charbit - CEO, Balenciaga
  • Sophie Duruflé - CEO, Isabel Marant
  • Jean-Philippe Hecquet - CEO, Lanvin
  • Jean-Marc Loubier - Président First Heritage Brands, Sonia Rykiel
  • Bruno Pavlovsky - Président des activités Mode, Chanel
  • Isabel Ribeiro - Directrice Générale France, Paul Smith
  • Nicolas Santi-Weil - Directeur Général, AMI
  • Guillaume de Seynes - Directeur Général Pôle Amont et Participations, Hermès International
  • Ralph Toledano - Président, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode
  • Sidney Toledano - Chairman & CEO, LVMH Fashion Group
  • Daniel Tribouillard - Président, Leonard
  • Vincent Vantomme - Directeur du Développement, Dries Van Noten
Portrait de Dominique Jacomet
Dominique Jacomet, Directeur Général IFM
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Portrait de Sylvie Ebel
Sylvie Ebel, Directeur Général Adjoint IFM
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François Broca, Directeur ECSCP
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Portrait de Dominique Jacomet
Dominique Jacomet, Directeur Général IFM
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Portrait de Sylvie Ebel
Sylvie Ebel, Directeur Général Adjoint IFM
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François Broca, Directeur ECSCP
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