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Fashion Design - Paris American Academy


The Fashion Design course is designed to familiarize the student with the fashion world and to provide them with general knowledge of the history of style and the fundamental techniques of fashion design. During the course, the students design their own collection from project development to the last conceptual phase, then finally to the actual production of samples. Special attention is given to sketching, proportion, style, study of shapes, textiles and accessories and their rendering for fashion design. The aim of the first year is to help the student understand the process of fashion design through extensive research, documentation, museum visits and projects.


  • Conduct research and trend analysis
  • Translate trends to mood boards and color stories.
  • Develop collections both creatively and logically.
  • Communicate accurately designs through technical drawings.
  • Create professional presentations and layouts.
  • Understand target market analysis and costing methods.
  • Historical inspiration project.
  • Recycling of garment project.
  • Cubism project.
  • Vionnet project.
  • Volume project.

The aim of the course is to aid the student in becoming a fashion designer with a global vision of what a collections is; how it’s built, what is needed in terms of styles, pieces etc.   The students will be asked to find an evolving concept / inspiration that they will keep through the year.  From this they will will be asked to design a collection with specific pieces:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Coats
  • Tailoring
  • Shirts
  • Pieces will be selected along the year to build the collection.

In addition to the usual mood boards and color palettes, students will be asked to produce flats, and collection line-ups.  The aim of the last semester is to bring a more realistic approach to design: what does the industry need in order to produce garments, collections, catwalks etc…


  • Researching and identifying a collections concept.
  • Through research of imagery, fabrics and color.
  • Designing a collection consisting of 20-30 designs.
  • Creation of mood boards and color stories.