Ex­plor­ing a fu­ture in fash­ion

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ESMOD Kuala Lumpur was es­tab­lished as an­other one of The One Academy’s com­mit­ment to pro­vide yet an­other dis­tinc­tive education ex­pe­ri­ence un­der its wing with its Diploma in Fash­ion De­sign and Pat­tern Mak­ing pro­gramme. With 25 years of cre­ative ex­cel­lence, The One Academy and ESMOD Kuala Lumpur be­came part of the ESMOD legacy with 170 years of his­tory.

Renowned in­ter­na­tion­ally, ESMOD is the first and old­est fash­ion de­sign school in the world, founded in 1841 by Alexis Lav­i­gne – mas­ter tai­lor and a royal pur­veyor. With a unique teach­ing method – mak­ing pat­terns di­rectly on the “Lav­i­gne Bust” ( also known as the drap­ing man­nequin), Lav­i­gne laid the cor­ner­stone for a suc­cess­ful teach­ing sys­tem that is still im­ple­mented to­day. Lav­i­gne also in­vented the mea­sur­ing tape, rulers, set squares and French curves.

The ESMOD net­work ex­pands to 22 schools in 15 dis­tinct coun­tries across the globe, in­clud­ing Malaysia. With al­most two cen­turies of fash­ion education ex­pe­ri­ence, the net­work of ESMOD In­ter­na­tional has been trans­mit­ting its “French fash­ion ex­per­tise” that fore­sees con­tem­po­rary fash­ion events and evolv­ing mar­ket needs.

“Cel­e­brat­ing fash­ion as a way of life, to make cul­tures and its dif­fer­ences in­ter­act, has been ESMOD’s mis­sion since it was founded,” said ESMOD In­ter­na­tional gen­eral man­ager Chris­tine Wal­ter- Bonini.

“Fash­ion is to ex­plore, to dis­cover, to an­tic­i­pate, to imag­ine and to cre­ate. Learn­ing how to ob­serve and to an­a­lyse is es­sen­tial to meet cus­tomers’ de­mands.”

Ev­ery year, around 1,000 stu­dents from 50 coun­tries en­rol with ESMOD’s ex­ten­sive fash­ion pro­grammes. With more stu­dents ex­press­ing their in­ter­est in pur­su­ing a ca­reer in fash­ion, they can now do it lo­cally at ESMOD Kuala Lumpur and build their ca­reers as fash­ion de­sign­ers, buy­ers in ma­jor fash­ion houses and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tors, among oth­ers.

Fol­low­ing the same pro­gramme es­tab­lished in Paris, The One Academy pri­ori­tises that its school of fash­ion de­sign ESMOD Kuala Lumpur closely im­ple­ments sim­i­lar wis­dom, knowl­edge and artistry in ed­u­cat­ing its stu­dents, akin to ESMOD head­quar­ters and schools around the world. This aims to nur­ture fu­ture de­sign­ers who are skilled enough to give big­ger im­pact to the fash­ion world such as Thierry Mu­gler, an ESMOD grad­u­ate, who is now a prom­i­nent fash­ion and per­fume de­signer.

ESMOD Kuala Lumpur sets a high bar of teach­ing where fash­ion- de­sign and pat­tern- mak­ing mod­ules are manda­tory to ob­tain out­stand­ing re­sults. The pro­gramme is led by ex­pe­ri­enced lec­tur­ers, equipped with up- to- date fash­ion in­dus­try knowl­edge from Europe such as France, Italy and other na­tions flour­ish­ing with up­scale fash­ion.

Keep­ing on par with The One Academy’s Masters Train Masters teach­ing phi­los­o­phy, the ESMOD Kuala Lumpur Fash­ion De­sign and Pat­tern Mak­ing pro­gramme fo­cuses equally on en­sur­ing stu­dents will be able to re­ceive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from the best, di­rectly from in­dus­try ex­perts, so that they will be ready to take charge of the in­dus­try when they com­plete their stud­ies.

There­fore, the pro­gramme in­cor­po­rates a prac­ti­cal coach­ing ap­proach that will serve as an es­sen­tial plat­form for young de­sign­ers who as­pire to achieve greater recog­ni­tion and suc­cess in the world of fash­ion.

Stu­dents will ex­pe­ri­ence pro­fes­sional and at­ten­tive teach­ing meth­ods, fash­ion de­sign­ing, pat­tern draft­ing and other prac­ti­cal train­ing while un­der­stand­ing the tools of the trade, ap­pli­ca­tion and tech­ni­cal qual­ity in the fash­ion in­dus­try as per­fect as the French fash­ion.

More­over, the pro­gramme in­cor­po­rates the lat­est in­ter­na­tional fash­ion trends en­sur­ing grad­u­ates are abreast with con­tem­po­rary styles and de­signs.

Dur­ing the pro­gramme, stu­dents can ex­pect to learn the art of ap­ply­ing cre­ative skills and cre­ative think­ing to ex­e­cute ex­em­plary haute cou­ture fash­ion. To em­u­late the ex­perts, stu­dents will get used to de­sign­ing gar­ments us­ing up­cy­cled tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als.

Stu­dents will also in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments found in ar­chi­tec­ture, na­ture, in­no­va­tions and pat­terns into their fash­ion work; part of the pro­gramme also gives stu­dents the chance to visit prom­i­nent com­pa­nies and man­u­fac­tur­ers to ex­plore var­i­ous types of fab­ri­ca­tion and em­bel­lish­ments used for hand­son ses­sions in sewing and drap­ing.

In mir­ror­ing an ed­u­ca­tional set­ting sim­i­lar to that of France, through its com­pre­hen­sive syl­labus and French- flu­ent lec­tur­ers, stu­dents will have the chance to take classes in learn­ing how to com­mu­ni­cate and con­verse us­ing French as a part of their course.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in ESMOD Kuala Lumpur’s Diploma in Fash­ion De­sign and Pat­tern Mak­ing can find out more from course coun­sel­lors at 03- 5637 5510 or log on to www. esmod. edu. my or e- mail en­quiry@ toa. edu. my.

A One Academy stu­dent vi­su­al­is­ing his fash­ion out­fit.

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