To generate their list, they surveyed more than 79,000 former students, fashion houses, fashion recruitment consultants, fashion designers, and industry professionals. They also looked extensively at student and alumni feedback, famous & successfully placed alumni, tuition costs and demographics.
The Best Fashion Schools rankings evaluate data on more than 300+ fashion schools. Studying in a world-renowned fashion school is practically everyone’s dream. A shortlist of 100 top fashion institutions have been ranked according to 3 factors: learning experience, influence, and value.
They mashed it all together to come up with five schools that are worth a look.
Here below are the Top 5 Fashion Schools in the World:
1. Central St.Martins
Central St. Martins’ fashion design program was the clear winner here amongst the panel of experts. Location is critical and being in the heart of London provides inspiration and full access to cultural and industry resources. The school is partially government-funded, which means that talented British students from all walks of life have a chance to work their way in. The staff is legendary--Professor Louise Wilson has schooled all the greats–from McQueen to Giles Deacon–and she’s become an international fashion figure because of it.
–Famous grads: Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan, Zac Posen, Hamish Bowles, Paul Smith.
2. London College of Fashion
The College is spread out over six different sites in London, so students are surrounded by the energy of this incredible city. It has a fashion design program, but the fashion journalism program is the standout here. There are many unique programs that you won’t find anywhere else. Beauty therapy, cosmetic science (yes, the chemistry side of beauty), fashion broadcast journalism, fashion curation and criticism, fashion business, footwear and accessories, makeup and image styling.
–Famous grads: Jimmy Choo, Alek Wek, Patrick Cox.
3. Parsons The New School for Design
Much like FIT, Parsons is located in the heart of New York City’s Garment District, providing easy access to industry resources. Parsons is a fashion design powerhouse, and they have turned out tons of marquee name talent, particularly in the last ten years.What’s more, the school has partnered with many retailers and corporations with the aim of getting student work seen and critiqued.
–Famous grads: Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Jason Wu, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Behnaz Serafpour, Doo Ri Chung, Sophie Buhai &Lisa Mayock (Vena Cava), Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (Ohne Titel), Prabal Gurung, Steven Meisel, Thakoon Panichgul, Carmen Marc Valvo.
4. Kingston University, London
Kingston fashion students are highly satisfied with their library, with 96% expressing approval, their technology and IT resources (91%), and the quality of the student body (94%). It also has the third highest satisfaction rate for technical skill courses (90%), but students are less satisfied with its marketing, business and sustainability courses
–Famous grads: Caryn Franklin, Glenda Bailey, Felipe Baptista, Sophie Hulme
5. Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp)
It’s part of one of the oldest design schools in the world, and has produced some stellar talent in the past 20 years. The Royal Academy is an design school and is known for its serious students–many drop out because they can’t handle the work load. However, if you’re exceptionally dedicated, with an experimental, innovative, and avant garde sensibility, this may be the place for you.
–Famous grads: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Kris Van Assche, Veronique Branquinho, Haider Ackermann, Bruno Pieters.
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