European fashion has a reputation of being among the finest in the world. The continent is also home to three of the world's major fashion capitals: Paris, London and Milan. It is no wonder that many prestigious fashion design schools are found in Europe.

Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne


Established in 1927 by the designator of haute couture, Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne is France's prestigious fashion design school and alma mater to design greats Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino. The Parisian fashion school offers four design programs including a four-year fashion design program, a one-year draping and pattern-making program, work/study and a continuing-education curriculum for fashion designers. The four-year program is for students desiring to learn fashion design, while the remaining three programs focus on fine-tuning a designer's skills and opening doors for them within the fashion industry.

Establissement Prive d'Enseignement Superieur 45 Rue Saint-Roch 75001 Paris 011 (+01) 42 61 00 77

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design


Central Saint Martins is London's premier fashion college and boasts such alumni as Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Christopher Kane and the late Alexander McQueen. This top European fashion school offers short courses of study in fashion design, illustration, accessories, marketing and textiles. Central Saint Martins' other fashion programs include Fashion Folio, Fashion Honors Program, Textile Design Honors Program, Postgraduate Certificate in Innovative Pattern Cutting, Graduate Diploma in Fashion, Masters in Design for Textile Futures and Masters in Fashion.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP 011 (+44) 0 20 7514 7022

Polimoda International Institute Fashion Design & Marketing


Polimoda offers a three-year undergraduate fashion design program that teaches students the basics of fashion design, illustration, textiles, draping, pattern making and fashion-line development. Students can extend their study an additional year and three months to develop skills beyond the three-year program and to obtain a three-month internship.

Polimoda International Institute Fashion Design & Marketing Via Pisana 77 50143 Florence, Italy 011 (+39) 055 7399628

Beckmans College of Design


Beckmans College of Design was established in 1939 and is considered Sweden's and Northern Europe's most prestigious fashion school. Beckmans does not break down its courses into men's wear or women's wear but exposes its students to different niches of design to provide a broader fashion design education. Beckmans boasts an impressive postgraduate employment record.

Beckmans College of Design Brahegatan 10 SE-114 37 Stockholm, Sweden 011 (+46) 8 660 20 20