Throughout history, the fashion industry has captured the attention of the public. Interestingly, this level of interest continues to cultivate prospective fashion design students from around the world. With the competitive edge that many fashion design schools possess, it may seem daunting to choose the best one. Although there are great programs available internationally, certain schools have gained wide recognition based on their quality of academics and rigor of training.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Located in New York City, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a state-run school, which provides a generous range of affordable undergraduate and graduate programs for those aspiring to a career in fashion design, merchandising and marketing. FIT is recognized internationally for its exceptional faculty.
Fashion Institute of Technology 227 W. 27th St. New York, NY 10001-5992 212-217-7999 fitnyc.edu
Parsons The New School for Design
Also located in New York City is Parsons, which has been administering top-level fashion design training since 1896. Conveniently situated in the garment district, Parsons provides cutting-edge training and fashion education.
Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10011 212-229-8900 parsons.edu
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
The Fashion Insitute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) offers courses in fashion design while providing students with a solid foundation in fashion history and business through a network of exceptional faculty. FIDM has campuses spanning across California.
Los Angeles Campus 919 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421 800-624-1200
Orange County Campus 17590 Gillette Ave. Irvine, CA 92614-5610 949-851-6200
San Francisco Campus 55 Stockton St. San Francisco, CA 94108-5829 415-675-5200
San Diego Campus 350 10th Ave., 3rd Floor San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-2049 fidm.edu
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM)
Known as one of the leading colleges of art and design in Britain, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) is known for providing a valuable foundation for undergraduate, graduate and research students with courses that center on practices in design experimentation and innovation.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP United Kingdom +44-20-7514-7022 csm.arts.ac.uk
Royal College of Art
Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is known as a leading postgraduate university in art and design and plays a distinct role in preparing its students for exceptional careers in the industry. RCA employs renowned artists, theorists and leading experts as distinguished faculty and has famous alumni such as Ossie Clark and Yasmin Yusuf.
Royal College of Art Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU United Kingdom +44-20-7590-4444 rca.ac.uk
London College of Fashion (LCF)
The London College of Fashion is part of the University of the Arts London and is known as the only college in the United Kingdom to specialize in fashion education and research, ensuring that students are kept aware of the changing demands in the fashion industry.
London College of Fashion 20 John Princes Street London W1G 0BJ +44-20-7514-7400 fashion.arts.ac.uk
Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Founded in 1663, the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts is known as the oldest fine arts institution in Europe and is recognized globally for its rigorous design programs as well as quality fashion collections.
Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts Fashion Department Nationalestraat 28/3 B-2000 Antwerp Belgium +32-3-213-71-00 antwerp-fashion.be
Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing
Located in Florence, Italy, the Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing collaborates with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and strives to create close ties between the academic and production worlds through its programs in fashion design, marketing and management communication.
Polimoda Villa Strozzi, Via Pisana 77, 50143 Firenze Italy +39-55-7399628 polimoda.com
ESMOD International Fashion University Group
Located in Paris, ESMOD stands as the first fashion design school and has provided quality training in design and business for more than 160 years. Considered the world leader in fashion education, ESMOD has a network of 12 affiliated schools on four continents (with 2 main locations in Paris).
ESMOD International Fashion University Group 12 Rue de Cléry 75002 Paris France +33-140-41-0327
12 Rue De La Rochefoucault 75009 Paris, France +33-144-83-8150 esmod.com
Bunka Fashion College
Located in Tokyo's urbanized region of Shinjuku, Bunka Fashion College has garnered prestige and respect in the fashion industry and is committed to developing and enhancing an environment for deep learning and training in fashion. In addition, this school publishes Japan's original fashion magazine, "So-en."
Bunka Fashion College 3-22-1, Yoyogi,Shibuya-ku Tokyo 151-8522 Japan +81-3-3299-2057 bunka-fc.ac.jp
Lauren Baluyo graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.S. in advertising and marketing communications, and studied journalism at New York University. She has over five years of fashion experience working for "ELLE Magazine," Creative Contrast, Albright NYC and the Daily Mirror. Currently, Baluyo is a contributor to SoCal Fashion Updates blog whilst managing her own style blog, Little Fashion Bird.