The Top Fashion Designing Schools in the World

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Fashion design schools succeed in the major cities of the world where students can experience first-hand an inspiring amalgamation of cultures. New York is considered to be the fashion capital of the modern world and has two of the top fashion design schools. London, Los Angeles and Florence, Italy, also have prestigious fashion design schools.

1 Parsons The New School for Design, New York

New York is said to be the fashion capital of the world.

Parsons The New School for Design is a private college in New York City that enrolls around 700 fashion design students each year. Founded as the Chase School in 1896, Parsons offers associate of arts and bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in fashion design. Famous graduates of the school include designers Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Anna Sui.

Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10011 212-229-8900

2 Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York

FIT is located in midtown Manhattan

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944 and forms part of the State University of New York. Situated in midtown Manhattan, it caters for around 7,000 full time students who can choose from 17 majors for both BFA and bachelor of science (BS) degrees through the School of Art and Design. Famous designers who have graduated from FIT include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Nanette Lepore.

Fashion Institute of Technology 227 W. 27th St. New York NY 10001-5992 212-217-7999

3 Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles

FIDM is considered to be the best fashion design school on America's West Coast.

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) is a private college in Los Angeles, California, which offers associate of arts degree programs over one or two years. Students can specialize in merchandise marketing, fashion design, textile design, apparel manufacturing management or film and television costume design. Famous alumni of FIDM include Monique Lhuillier, Nick Verreos and Santino RIce.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles Campus 919 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles CA 90015-1421 800-624-1200

4 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Central Saint Martins is located in the vibrant, experimental city of London.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London was formed in 1989 as a result of the merger between Central School of Art and Design and Saint Martins School of Art. It is one of the world's largest providers of art and design education and offers bachelor of arts and BFA degrees. Famous former students of Central Saint Martins include designers John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Paul Smith.

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

5 London College of Fashion, London

London College of Fashion is also set in England's capital city.

London College of Fashion is the only English college to provide fashion education and research programs and also offers a wide variety of other courses, such as footwear design, pattern cutting, make-up design and image styling. Famous shoe designers Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox and Emma Hope are among its most successful alumni.

London College of Fashion 20 John Princes Street London W1G 0BJ +44(0)207-514-7400

6 Polimoda Fashion School, Florence, Italy

Florence is home to the prestigious Polimoda Fashion School.

Polimoda Fashion School in Florence is a world-reknowned provider of fashion design courses. It was founded in 1986 as a collaboration between the Italian cities Prato and Florence. The school places great emphasis on the business side of fashion design and students can elect to study marketing, management and consulting alongside fashion design. The school's president is world-famous designer Ferruccio Ferragamo and its dean is Linda Loppa, designer and lecturer.

Polimoda Fashion School Via Pisana 77 - 50143 Florence Italy +39(055) 739961

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