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Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Majors in Garment, Knitwear, Creative Pattern Making, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image.

Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Majors in Garment, Knitwear, Creative Pattern Making, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image

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We believe fashion is a form of applied art that mixes creativity, craftsmanship and culture, in an industry that is all about passion and innovation. The Master of Arts in Fashion Design pushes the boundaries of creative talent, enabling designers to be both stylistically innovative and technically exceptional.

Hans de Foer & Céline Toledano,
Directors of Fashion Design Programs

Audience

Open to students holding a 3-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design. Exceptions are possible for candidates without a diploma.

Practical information

Type:
Master of Arts
Format:
Full time
Duration:
2 years (19 months coursework plus a 6-month internship).

Starting in September 2019.

Next intake:
September 2019
Tuition fees:
€19,800 (EU) - €28,700 (non-EU)

Need-based scholarships available for EU students.

Year 2 of the Major in Pattern Making is offered as a sandwich course, therefore tuition fees for this Major are €12,000 for EU students and €17,400 for non-EU students.

Language:
English
Location:
Austerlitz campus

36 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

With an emphasis on real-life experimentation and project-based learning, the Master of Arts in Fashion Design offers you ways to express a strong personal creative signature, broaden your artistic horizons and gain professional acumen.

Seven pathways of specialization are offered:

  • Major in Garment (Womenswear & Menswear)
  • Major in Knitwear
  • Major in Creative Pattern Making
  • Major in Leather Goods (bags, small leather goods)
  • Major in Footwear (shoe design)
  • Major in Image

Taught by the best faculty and practitioners in their field, they allow you to hone your technical skills and develop a full personal collection that is altogether meaningful, crafty and innovative.

The course runs over 19 months, plus a 6-month internship. Year 1 alternates experimental work, creative workshops and partnerships with the industry, while Year 2 concentrates on your final individual project. As an MA Fashion Design student, you are part of one highly international cohort, and study on projects with students from other Majors, as well as other programs at Institut Français de la Mode. The final individual project will allow you to develop a full collection and portfolio, related to the chosen Major.

Industry

The Master of Arts in Fashion Design leverages the school’s incomparable links with France's fashion and luxury companies (such as Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chloé, Lanvin...) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organizes Paris Fashion Week. Projects are led with manufacturers working with these prestigious fashion houses, and individual coaching is provided by active fashion designers and art directors. A 6-month internship will allow you to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired during the course, and is often an invaluable step towards full-time employment.

Culture

Paris is a city of culture and the fashion capital of the world, and we believe that fashion and culture are inextricably linked. Through our new program, you will have extensive access to contemporary art, dance, music and performance through unique partnerships with major Parisian cultural institutions including Le Palais de Tokyo, La Cinémathèque Française, Le Centre national de la Danse and La Station Gare des Mines.

Campus

Our Austerlitz campus is located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the bank of the famous Seine river. By Autumn 2020, you will have access to state-of-the-art workshops, a fully equipped Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photo studio and a C.A.D laboratory.

Entirely dedicated to the fashion, design and creation sectors, our analog and digital Library has one of the most unique collections in Europe.

The 2019 / 2020 academic year will be held in temporary facilities, also at our Austerlitz campus, until construction work is completed.

Accreditation

Institut Français de la Mode delivers at the end of the Master of Arts in Fashion Design a degree of "créateur-concepteur de mode" - Master level, validated by France's Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Official Ministerial Bulletin #30, 25 August 2016).

It is also registered at level 1 (Master level) with the Répertoire des Certifications professionnelles (RNCP). This registration entitles the non-EU students who have graduated from the program to obtain the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" allowing them to work in France for a year and in some cases longer.

Fashion photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design offered in Paris
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design offered in Paris
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

The course is headed by Thierry Rondenet, who co-founded with Hervé Yvrenogeau the 'Own' brand, then collaborated as fashion designers with Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After teaching for 15 years in the fashion department of La Cambre they are now involved in the renewal of Lanvin as Design Directors.

The Major in Garment allows you to assert a strong personal and contemporary creative signature, honing the technical skills you have acquired.

Over 2 years, the course opens up your horizons and develops your professional acumen, alternating phases of experimentation, reflection, workshops and partnerships with the industry, with the aim of creating a collection of 10 fully accessorized silhouettes.

Year 1 concentrates on research & multiple experiences in which you will be given the opportunity to discover new creative challenges, take risks and develop the foundations for your concept.

The year will be structured around 3 phases:

  • Experimental or laboratory phase: You will free your creative gestures but also question your identity, your personal signature to better define them.
  • Inspiration phase: You will get to work as you would in an actual studio, in which you will be able to give life to your sources of inspiration in all their forms (2D/3D, garments and objects...).
  • Workshop // garment phase: On an autonomous basis, or guided by experts and guest designers, you will question the idea of a contemporary wardrobe.

You will take into account the specificity of each of the disciplines, as well as their specific assembly techniques: Jersey, Knit, Leather, Denim, Flou, Outwear, Tailoring.

You will be encouraged to bring global perspective to your work, taking into account what the garment entails: attitude, styling, casting, makeup and hair.

You will investigate the field of fabrics, materials and finishings. This will allow you to develop and assert a style based on a specific choice of materials. You will study material embellishment techniques but also handle patterns, prints or embroideries, with attention to texture.

You will also address sustainable development and technology issues.

Finally, Year 1 will allow you to explore the field of accessorization and ornamentation through styling projects.

Year 2 will focus on the design and production of a collection of 10 accessorized silhouettes. The final graduation project will be revealed to a professional jury during a show or presentation.

Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Master of Arts in Fashion Design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

The course is headed by Adam Jones, former knitwear designer at Kenzo and Dior, and founder of his own brand.

The Major in Knitwear is the first of its kind on an MA level in France.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art industry standard workshop the course allows you to develop your own signature style through guided experimentation, technical workshops and industry linked design projects taught by leaders in the knitwear field and highly qualified technical staff.

The Major in Knitwear focuses on creative experimentation, craftsmanship and technological innovation. You are encouraged to consider the ethical and environmental implications of your work and of the knitwear industry in general.

In year 1, you will explore and develop your individual style through experimental design projects, knitwear programming workshops and collaborations with industry.

In year 2, you will produce a portfolio of research, designs and a final collection of 10 silhouettes, demonstrating their creative skills, technical ability and understanding of contemporary fashion. This graduation project is coached by established knitwear designers operating in Parisian fashion houses.

Through our extensive links to the knitwear industry, you will have access to all the key players from yarn-spinners to manufacturers to in-house and independent designers, giving you a deep understanding of the knitwear process and allowing you to apply your creativity to the 'real world'.

The knitwear workshop is fully equipped with single and double bed knitting machines, electronic Silver Reed and Passap machines, Dubied machines from 3 gauge to 14 gauge, linkers and an industrial Stoll multi-gauge knitting machine with digital programming stations.

Guest lecturers include knitwear designers such as Emily Harris (Chloé, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Bompard), Amy Fox (Hermès, Chloé, Margiela), Annemarie Sheridan (Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Paco Rabanne, Versace), Sam Leutton (Kenzo, Leutton Postle, Stoll International) and Sarah Gresty (Head of the BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins).

Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Knitwear
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

The course is headed by Gianfranco Scotti, former designer for Krizia, Armani and Valentino, who worked with Josephus Thimister and set up his independent workshop working for many companies such as Anna Molinari, Carven, Sonia Rykiel and Dior.

The Major in Creative Pattern Making brings you to the highest standards of both creativity and technique sought by studios, workshops and design offices, adapting to and understanding the creative processes that are at stake there.

Building on the school’s unparalleled tradition of Haute Couture savoir-faire and its exclusive links to the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the course will allow you to hone your skills, in order to interpret the inspirations of a collection and iconographic research, in view of becoming a powerful interface between creativity and technique.

Year 1 will be dedicated to various personal projects or workshops in partnership with a fashion house and coached by professionals (artistic directors, designers or workshop managers).

Mock-ups, drapings, finishings, details... are developed based on:

  • Personal iconographic research
  • Pattern transcription of vintage garments
  • Iconographies and/or drawings proposed by a designer or workshop manager
  • Finishing mock-ups and inspirational drawings provided by a design office

Projects alternate work sessions on the stand and fittings on live models. You will be trained at fitting sessions and the importance of line/proportion and material/fit ratios. You will also use dedicated CAD software technology.

Year 2 is offered as a sandwich course, allowing you to consolidate and apply your knowledge in a professional environment, as part of the course takes place in an atelier of a Parisian fashion house.

You will design and implement a personal graduation project that will be presented to a professional jury and the public.

Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Creative Pattern Making
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

The Major in Leather Goods is headed by Micaela Naldini, Leather Goods Designer who has worked over the years with Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu, Prada and Tom Ford.

The Major in Footwear is headed by footwear designer Nicolas Berny, who has worked for Acne Studios, Adidas, Balenciaga, Celine, Chloé, Tod's, Roger Vivier and Alexander Wang.

In the Majors in Leather Goods and Footwear, you will deploy your creativity in a work process and calendar that reproduce those of an actual accessory design studio.

Through various creative bag or shoe design projects (depending on the chosen specialization), you will develop your professional skills by alternating research, design and development phases during studio, workshop or in-house company work sessions.

Year 1 is structured around 3 main projects:

  • A bag or shoe creation project with a brand in the form of a pre-collection
  • Bag or shoe creation capsule projects involving societal issues such as sustainable development, innovation or technology
  • A personal bag or shoe creation project for a prospective collection

Each project allows you to understand the different phases of development of a collection (sources of inspiration, iconographic research, materials, color ranges, drawings, styles and product lines...) in order to move forward from concept to idea, design, product and then to setting up a collection (model, shape, function, materials, colors, animation...).

You will develop your 3D research and models in the school’s prototyping workshop, supported by a highly qualified technical team, in order to produce a final model with workshops and manufacturers working with fashion & luxury houses such as Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton or Saint Laurent.

In Year 2, building up on the skills acquired, you will design and produce a full personal collection, coached by designers from Parisian fashion houses.

The result will be revealed during a presentation to professionals and the public.

Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Majors in shoe and bag design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Shoe making project
© Allyssa Heuze
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Majors in shoe and bag design
© Frédérique Daubal
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Majors in shoe and bag design
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Shoe making project
© Allyssa Heuze
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Majors in shoe and bag design
© Frédérique Daubal

The course is headed by Stéphane Wargnier, Head of Communications at Petit Bateau, former Head of Communications at Hermès and former Executive President of Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

Artistic direction is vast and applies to different fields of fashion communication, requiring a broad general culture, great curiosity and autonomy, multiple areas of interest, personal taste and a passion for exchanges, meetings and coordinating different types of professionals.

The Major in Image offers you the opportunity to develop a personal vision and creative approach to meet the needs of fashion industry brands in artistic direction.

You will analyze and reformulate briefs, develop a storytelling message or editorial position, compose a creative team, pooling energies towards a common project and ensuring that brand strategy is integrated into the creative process. The use of words and images, the ability to defend a project in writing and verbally, as well as strategic vision are particularly important.

You will take part in workshops in:

  • Image artistic direction (photography, video)
  • Visual identity (logo, typography)
  • Editorials (print and/or digital media)
  • Visual merchandising
  • E-business site design
  • Fashion show / stage and window design

You will also be encouraged to take advantage of the Paris fashion ecosystem through conferences, meetings and visits, particularly related to Parisian cultural events (fashion and plastic arts exhibitions, galleries, fairs, shows, concerts, films...), in order to broaden your culture and your network.

Projects will be 2D as well as 3D, still and moving images. They will be carried out either individually or as a team. Some of them will be conducted for established brands in the fashion industry such as Hermès or Chanel, or for emerging designers.

Personal research, archiving and filing of a personal “data bank” will be challenged throughout the program, in particular to feed the final graduation project, which will showcase the extent of your skills and your unique creative signature.

At the end of the course, we will help you develop a professional portfolio and prepare you to look for an internship through coaching sessions with headhunters.

The program ends with a six-month internship to apply the acquired knowledge in a business environment, within a communication agency specialized in fashion, luxury or cosmetics, or internally within a brand or a media (artistic direction, photo styling, graphics, copywriting, print or digital communication, visual merchandising, window display, scenography...).

Facilities and working environment

You will be working in dedicated workspaces including a photo studio, different printing techniques, workstations equipped with the appropriate software, allowing to answer these different briefs.

Faculty and experts

The course is headed by Stéphane Wargnier. Alice Litscher (artistic director) is the referring faculty.
Speakers on the course belong to a professional network of communication and the Parisian fashion industry including, among others: Marc Ascoli, Antoine Asseraf, Frédéric Bodenes (Le Bon Marché), Angelo Cirimele (Magazine Magazine), Leslie David, Sophie Fontanel, Elise Goldfarb and Julia Layani (Fraîches founders), Jean-Baptiste Levée (Production Type), Fabrice Paineau (Double magazine), Christophe Renard, Etienne Russo (Villa Eugénie), Frédéric Sanchez, Yorgo Tloupas (Yorgo & Co) and numerous other highly recognized fashion professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, stylists, chief editors, social networks specialists, hair and make up artists, show producers and art directors.

Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
© Frédérique Daubal
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
© Allyssa Heuze
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
© Frédérique Daubal
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
Fashion studies in Paris: photo illustrating the Major in Image Design
© Allyssa Heuze

The Master of Arts in Fashion Design typically leads to careers in:

  • Menswear / Womenswear Design: Designer men’s or women’s RTW, Luxury and Haute Couture studios, Design director, Creative director, Artistic director
  • Knitwear Design: Fashion Knitwear Designer, Knitwear Programmer, Knitwear Developer
  • Creative Pattern Making: Modelist/Pattern Maker, Pattern workshop Manager, Research & Development Manager
  • Accessory Design: Designer in Leather goods, Small Leather goods, Shoes, Bags, Leather accessories, Textile accessories
  • Image Design: Art Director, Art Consultant, Photo Stylist, Visual Merchandiser, Window or Pop-up Designer, Scenographer, Graphic Identity Designer for Print or Digital , Web Designer, Digital Content Design Manager, Image Manager

The Career Services Department is here to support you in order to shape your personal career path, find internship and job opportunities, and develop your network. A dedicated team organizes career events and individual support throughout the year :

  • Company presentations
  • Career presentations by Human Resources professionals, operational staff and alumni
  • Intensive individual coaching (definition of your creative identity, assistance in CV writing and portfolio preparation, interview coaching, individual follow-ups)
  • Active support in the search for internships
  • Speed-recruitment sessions and personal interviews with specialized recruiters (Career Fairs, portfolio presentations…)
  • Access to an extensive database of job and internship offers

At the end of the program you will complete a 6-month internship in companies such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Carven, Céline, Chloé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Hermès, Kenzo, Maison Kitsuné, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Nina Ricci, Ohlman Consorti, Pierre Hardy, Saint Laurent, Spill, Valentino, Vetements...

Accreditations

Institut Français de la Mode delivers at the end of the Master of Arts in Fashion Design a degree of "créateur-concepteur de mode" - Master level, validated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Official Ministerial Bulletin #30, 25 August 2016). It is also registered at level 1 (Master level) with the Répertoire des Certifications professionnelles (RNCP). This registration entitles the non-EU students who have graduated from the program to obtain the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" allowing them to work in France for a year and in some cases longer.

The course is headed by Hans de Foer and Céline Toledano.

Hans de Foer has designed luxury ready-to-wear and couture collections for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, André Courrèges, and Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as his own brand. He also worked for Azzedine Alaïa. Céline Toledano started her career as collection manager alongside Karl Lagerfeld and then worked for several fashion houses including Martine Sitbon, Céline, Nina Ricci and Sonia Rykiel. She is now consultant for the Consulting/Headhunting Firm m-O Conseil. For many years both of them held academic responsibilities at IFM and Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the 2019/2020 academic year:

Year 1:

€12,000 for students who are EU nationals
€17,400 for non-EU students

Year 2:

€7,800 for students who are EU nationals
€11,300 for non-EU students

Year 2 of the Major in Pattern Making is offered as a sandwich course, therefore no tuition fees are charged for this Major in Year 2.

There is also a lifetime contribution to the Alumni Association: €300

Scholarships

Thanks to the sponsorship of company members of Institut Français de la Mode's Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU citizens under 28 years of age on September 1st 2019. a few exceptional scholarships for non EU students may be awarded on a case-per-case basis, based on financial criteria.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form downloadable from the application website and submit it with your application form.

We also recommend that you consult the Campus France website to learn of other potential scholarship opportunities.

Admissions requirements

The course is open to students who have obtained a 3-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design. Exceptions are possible for candidates without a diploma. Fluent English is required.

Admissions process

The admissions process consists of two steps:

  • Firstly the submission of a detailed digital application file and portfolio. Your portfolio should include 10 to 15 pages of your work, reflecting your personal signature style.
  • If your application is selected, you will be invited to take part in an interview with the course faculty. Depending on the Major you're applying for, you will also receive a remote jury assignment (Leather Goods, Footwear, Image Design) or a day-long creative assignment (Creative Pattern Making).

While you are encouraged to attend in person, we realize this may not always be possible. If that is the case, we can arrange for your interviews and assignments to be held online. Please note there is a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Download required documents and portfolio specifications

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form downloadable from the application website and submit it with your application form.

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Admissions sessions

You may choose the session you wish to apply for, but can only apply to one. Please note that we strongly advise non-EU students to apply for sessions 1 or 2, in anticipation of visa processing delays.

Session 1 - Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear - February 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Tuesday 12 March 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 19 to 22 March 2019

Session 1 - Footwear / Leather Goods / Image - February 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Notification of eligibility and reception of creative assignment: Friday 8 March 2019
  • Deadline for submission of creative assignment: Friday 22 March 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 25 to 29 March 2019

Session 1 - Pattern Making - February 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 8 March 2019
  • Creative assignments and Interviews: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Session 2 - Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear - April 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 15 April 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Wednesday 8 May 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 14 to 17 May 2019

Session 2 - Footwear / Leather Goods / Image - April 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 15 April 2019
  • Notification of eligibility and reception of creative assignment: Monday 6 May 2019
  • Deadline for submission of creative assignment: Monday 20 May 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 22 to 24 May 2019

Session 2 - Pattern Making - April 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 15 April 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Monday 6 May 2019
  • Creative assignments and Interviews: Tuesday 21 May 2019

Session 3 - Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear - June 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: due to the unexpected number of applications, the deadline has been extended to Monday 10 June 2019*
  • Notification of eligibility: Tuesday 25 June 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 1 to 5 July 2019

* After this date, please contact us by email ma-fashion@ifmparis.fr

Session 3 - Footwear / Leather Goods / Image - June 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: due to the unexpected number of applications, the deadline has been extended to Monday 10 June 2019*
  • Notification of eligibility and reception of creative assignment: Friday 21 June 2019
  • Deadline for submission of creative assignment: Friday 5 July 2019 latest
  • Interviews: 15 to 17 July 2019

* After this date, please contact us by email ma-fashion@ifmparis.fr

Session 3 - Pattern Making - June 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: due to the unexpected number of applications, the deadline has been extended to Monday 10 June 2019*
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 17 June 2019
  • Creative assignments and Interviews: Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June 2019

* After this date, please contact us by email ma-fashion@ifmparis.fr

Hans de Foer, co-Director of the MA in Fashion Design

Presentation of the program during our Open Day

Adam Jones, Head of the Major in Knitwear

Quick interview of Adam Jones, head of the Major in Knitwear, MA in Fashion Design, during the open days of Institut Français de la Mode.

Alice Litscher, Head professor of the Major in Image

Quick interview of Alice Litscher, head professor of the Major in Image, MA in Fashion Design, during the open days of Institut Français de la Mode.