A major international fashion school at Cité de la mode et du design in Paris

Caisse des Dépôts Formation

The new French Fashion Institute will welcome its first students in September 2019 in its offices located at Cité de la mode et du design in Paris. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts group, Cité de la mode et du design is part of the Caisse des Dépôts Cultural Centre with 15 Montaigne - Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

The Architecture Patrick Mauger agency, recipient of the project management consultation, will redevelop the new areas dedicated to this school as a result of the reconciliation between Institut français de la mode (IFM) - already located in Cité de la mode et du design – and Ecole de la Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne (ECSCP). Today, both these schools accommodate between 400 and 450 students from 40 nationalities.

With a thousand students, from CAP (certificate of professional competence) to doctoral degrees, and 2,000 professionals undergoing continuing training, this new complex will bring together top-tier world class expertise in the field of fashion design, management and technical know-how and will meet the current and emerging needs of companies in the sector.

This new project is strategic for Paris, the fashion capital, and supports economic development in a key sector that represents €150bn in revenue, 1 million jobs and 2.7% of the gross national product (GNP).

On 8 January, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank Riester, Minister of Culture, and Guillaume de Seynes, Chair of Comité stratégique de filière signed the Fashion and Luxury Strategic sector agreement, which should enable the Fashion sector to maintain its prominence and provide it with the means to grow. The project will assist brands undergoing strong growth under Bpifrance as part of a sectoral accelerator.