Saint Laurent, globally renowned French luxury house, has announced that they have introduced a new training program in collaboration with L’Institut Français de la Mode and L’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, in Paris.
The program is intended to train and educate young designers and is implemented as an internship at Saint Laurent. Participants will be able to learn from the team at Saint Laurent as well as take courses at the two institutions, and at the end of the program, they will present their projects to a jury team from Saint Laurent. This opportunity of a lifetime will not only teach these students skills they can learn nowhere else, but it will also instill building blocks for the future of fashion.
According to WWD, the program will focus on sustainability, stressing innovation of materials as a major factor. This is particularly important as the fashion industry has held the number two spot on the list of most wasteful industries worldwide for a while now. Exploration through innovation in materials and technology is crucial now to reduce waste and promote different processes that can be implemented at design houses. In addition, expanding on the way clothing is created in the future will, in turn, create more employment opportunities within the industry.
While there have been a number of scholarships, incubators, and grants from major fashion companies and organizations such as CFDA and the LVMH Prize, this six-month program is the first that takes place under one fashion house. It is unclear whether other high-end brands will follow suit, but we are sure that Saint Laurent will set a very high standard for the lucky students accepted into this program.
Applications are open at both institutions. Visit their websites for contact information.
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