Gettin’ deeper into the Fashion Industry

Good morning, our dear readers and followers!

The reason you are on this page -> maybe the shortest explanation necessary is the word “Fashion“.

Passionate fashion addicts. Young blogers or inspirers. Guys, I am sure that you all are into fashion – interested or fashion loving, but how many of you do something in their lives related to fashion except of course your personal style or attending fashion shows? I tried to find out where people who associate their lives with the fashion industry go to get the best background in fashion and was a very supportive site.

But don’t hesitate to express your opinion in the comments, especially if you are from or related to this field of study. The list I made lies on rankings and the cities are chosen by the fact that fashion designers work and participate mostly in NYC, Paris, Milan and London. Numbering the list doesn’t mean anything and the section “What current students say?” was found while searching for neutral and objective opinions from current students.

So, let the show begin:

In the US

  • Parsons, The New School for Design


Where? New York, US

How many?    Around 5,000 students

How much? $39,280 per year

Which programs?  Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Fashion Marketing

Who graduated? Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons (J.Crew), Jack McCollough and many more.

What current students say? Research says: 57% of students would choose to return to PSD, whereas 43% would not:

Female, 2nd year

“If you really have a strong passion in fashion design, this is the school for you. Also, graphic design, communication design, and product design are really good majors in this school too.”


  •  The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)


Where? New York, US

How many?    10,000 students

How much? $8,185/semester for out-of-state residents

Which programs? Design, Business, Marketing, Illustration, Styling

Who graduated? Nina Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Ralph Rucci.

What current students say? According to research done in US, 57% of students would choose to return to FIT, whereas 43% would not:

“FIT is a great school just because they’re very cut-throat and very demanding. The school is very large and you might end up just another face in the school, but if you have a lot of talent and know how to use FIT’s resources right, you can really have a meaningful experience and a great career added to that. The professors are, as they should be, tough and very demanding.”



  • Central Saint Martins


Where? London, England

How many? 1,200 students

How much? £13,300

Which programs? Fashion, Textile, and Jewelry Design

Who graduated?  Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Zac Posen, Hamish Bowles, Paul Smith.

What current students say?

“CSM is focused on pushing the boundaries of creativity; innovation is their priority over technique and making skills. CSM is what you make it. There are many opportunities that no one will force you to make use of. It’s true that Central Saint Martins is awesome. But it’s also what you make it. It allows you to get loads of knowledge and experience, but you have to go and get it, not wait for it to magically come to you.”


  •  London College of Fashion


Where? London, England

How many? 2,547 first-year students

How much? ₤13,800

Which programs? Fashion Design, Fashion Journalism, Marketing, Beauty, Buying and Merchandising

Who graduated? Jimmy Choo, Rupert Sanderson

What current students say?

“The network of students and graduates is very good and enables you to connect with graduates within the whole university and not just your college. Furthermore, the guest speakers and study-trips are very enriching. Regarding staff and lecturers, they are very close and helpful, always prepared to look for solutions to any problem you may have.”


  • Royal College of Art


Where? London, England

How many? 920 students

How much? £26,900

Which programs? Art and design

Who graduated? Philip Treacy, Ossie Clark and Zandra Rhodes.

What current students say?

“Very very hard work, 60 hour weeks every week. Best location in the world, but be sure that this is what you want to do. Lots of big egos.”




  • Istituto Marangoni


Where? Milan, Italy (also in London&Paris)

How many? 2,000 students

How much? From €13,900 to €19,000

Which programs? Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Fashion Buying, Brand Management and Fashion Promotion

Who graduated? Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino

What current students say?

“I am really impressed with their teaching quality and my tutors/lecturers are very experienced in their related field. Overall very happy! It’s a great school…just be prepared to work your a$$ off.”


  • Polimoda


Where? Florence, Italy

How many? 950 students

How much? €9500 per year

Which programs? Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Pattern Making, Marketing Management and Marketing Communications

What current students say?

“I would say that Polimoda is very specific university. First of all, we have a very strong side of the sociology of imaginary it helps us to understand how we have to find an answer. So they train our intuitions, which is very important in the fashion business, because to learn numbers or formulas is easier than to catch a trend or to find a new designer.”




  • Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne


Where? Paris, France

How many? 240 students

How much? €10,450

Which programs? Fashion Design & Technique

Who graduated? Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Nicole Miller




Where? Paris, France

How many?  700 students

How much? €9,900

Which programs? Fashion Design/Fashion Business

Who graduated?  Suzy Menkes, Alexandre Vauthier, Olivier Rousteing, Nina Garcia, Thierry Mugler

What current students say?

“My stay in France, through the ESMOD fashion school, was fantastic. A very pleasant moment, really interesting teachers and nice students. I learned many things, such as technical fashion, and is bathed in this world of Parisian fashion very rich.”


In other countries


  • Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Where? Antwerp, Belgium

How many? 140 students

How much? €7,000

Which programs? Fashion Design

Who graduated? Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Marina Yee (The Antwerp Six), Martin Margiela, Peter Pilotto, Bruno Pieters

What current students say?

“Studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp is the next step in achieving my dream and building a successful future.”


  • Bunka Fashion College


Where? Tokyo, Japan

How many? 8,000 students

How much? $12,200-$14,400

Which programs? Fashion Design, Fashion Creation & Technology, Marketing, Accessories & Textiles

Who graduated? Kenzo Takada, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Hiroko Koshino

What current students say?

“There’s an aura of glamour at Bunka that you don’t get anywhere else. The students can count on success being just around the corner.”


Have you already chosen yours?…




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