Fashion is a global growing industry.
It’s you who shoulder the future.

President of ESMOD INTERNATIONAL Satoru Nino

Global fashion market is predicted to be worth about 270 trillion yen a year in the next 10 years, which is twice bigger than now. Our education is based on “Creation, Technic and Innovation”, and our goal is a hybrid education which blends tradition and the hottest technology and links creation and business. It allows us to train human resources who will play an active role on the world stage in fast-changing and developing fashion industry.

To get things started, have a dream or goal. If you don’t, of course you can take your time to figure out yours. The more you try, the tougher you become. Challenge never loses its importance. And the more you challenge, the more you fail. But this failure enables you to learn a lot and gives you many lessons.

Fashion product is like the tip of an iceberg. Tradition, culture, art, economy, social phenomena, technology and many other creation sources support what we see in our daily life like the submerged part of the iceberg.

Point of view and philosophy are the source of originality for humans, including creators.
Learning something allows you to develop your own value for life, pursue the essence and seek truth, then you will understand the universe that you want to express. Make dreams come true by exploring who you are and taking ample time to open up your life.


Satoru Nino

Art Director Grégory Lamaud and Louis Gerin

-What is the most important skill for future fashion creators?

To be part of the beautiful fashion industry as a future fashion Creator, the most important skills are, before everything, the passion and the perseverance. Of course, it is essential to have an absolute knowledge of all process of product development. From product design to sales, through technical development, sourcing, production and many other fascinating facets. But the real magic will also come through the own personality of the Designer himself. A personality that ESMOD will allow you to develop and assert.

-What is ESMOD education method for future fashion industry?

ESMOD is the leading fashion school worldwide and it is no more something to prove. The 179 years history of ESMOD group is incredibly rich and passionate. To be a part of ESMOD as a student, it is already to be part of fashion industry. The network is almost infinite. Through the years, ESMOD has always adapted methods to the modern world’s evolution. It is the perfect alliance between Tradition and Modernity. The beauty appears when the student becomes a real contemporary fashion Designer who never forget the true history of fashion. The technical knowledge is also a key point in our program, always closely linked to modernity.

-Please give a message to people who are thinking about studying in ESMOD.

As former students, we can say that ESMOD gave us the opportunity to realize our dreams and even more. To be part of an ESMOD family is something very special and reassuring. An international Fashion school where dreams can come true all over the world. The choice of a high qualitative education, and more than that, a way of life.

Art Director

Grégory Lamaud

Louis Gerin

ESMOD History

ESMOD History

In 1841, the world’s first fashion school was founded.

In 1841, during the Second French Republic (1848 – 1852 and 1852 – 1870), the world’s first fashion educational institute was founded in Fontaine street of Paris by Alexis Lavigne, a court tailor of Napoleon III. This is the beginning of ESMOD.
In the same year, he invented the couture mannequin and the measure (tape measure), and developed a logical flat pattern cutting method for women’s and men’s clothing. He published textbooks as the first step to train systematically young tailors and couturiers, for whom apprenticeship was the only way to acquire techniques at that time. Then his daughter Alice Guerre Lavigne took over the school under new name “Guerre-Lavigne school” and started to accept women as students. It was awarded by the homeland and other European countries for its contribution to fashion and cultural activities.

ESMOD History

International network expansion has started from ESMOD JAPON.

Berthe Lecomte-Guerre and Jean Lecomte-Guerre took over ESMOD and introduced in 1970 ready-to-wear creator training curriculum to the traditional program, which was focusing on haute couture. Innovative and professional curriculum aiming at adapting to the latest needs has successively prepared career of Thierry Mugler, Eric Bergère, Franck Sorbier and other world-renowned designers and creators. In 1980’s, fashion industry marketing became more conceptual and theoretical. That led us to found a fashion business school Institut Supérieur Européen de la Mode (ISEM) in 1989. Since then, ISEM has put effort into developing students who want to become a marketing or communication team manager.

ESMOD History

ESMOD globalisation has started from ESMOD JAPON, which was founded as the first ESMOD school outside France in 1984 by Satoru Nino, the current representative of ESMOD International. ESMOD group network has been so expanded that it is composed of 20 schools in 13 countries with unique school cultures and industrial background. Annual international meeting is held to see educational result. ESMOD philosophy is surely inherited around the world with enjoying intercultural exchange and sharing educational experience and industrial situation. ESMOD JAPON also collaborates with CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers) and provides an international bachelor program where students major in innovation management in fashion business and get an international certificate equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.