Olivia Chai (Chairwoman) & Patrick Kouzmine-Karavaieff (Chairman)

Founders Message

“IFA Paris is a fashion school that offers students around the world a vast range of unique and tailored courses. We give students the choice to study in three of the most up and coming, as well as globally influential fashion hubs in Paris, Shanghai and Istanbul. The campus rotations allow students to gain unprecedented international perspectives on major Fashion and Luxury industry trends

Why choose IFA Paris?

IFA Paris is a rare example of a truly international fashion school under totally independent management. While we have our roots firmly set in the history of arts and crafts in France, we meet the most exacting academic standards on a global scale.   

Whether you choose to study in Paris, Shanghai or Istanbul, our international pool of lecturers boasts unparalleled expertise in the various fashion and luxury industry segments. Our multi-campus rotation approach provides a truly unique learning experience that mixes the classical side of fashion in Paris, the fast-changing fashion and luxury world in Shanghai and the well-connected and most strategic location for all kinds of trades in Istanbul.

Our unique proposition lies in the diversity and dynamism allowed by the merging of 50 different nationalities within one student population.

Our Mission

We made it our mission here at IFA Paris is to transfer this “savoir faire” to younger generations, to draw out their creativity, teaching them the best methods and practices in the luxury sector, and in particular, in the fashion sector. We pride ourselves in preparing our students into tomorrow's headliners in the world of fashion and luxury, across all continents.

Our Philosophy

Our holistic pedagogical approach encourages all our students to go through a journey of personal and professional self-discovery, allowing them to transcend the norms and become unique industry leaders. We want to push our students to fulfill their potential in becoming authentic and creative designers in developing their own unique core identity. 

Our Academic Approach

IFA PARIS’s pedagogy is based on a holistic approach. We accompany our students in a journey of personal and professional self-discovery through a carefully crafted teaching and learning strategy. We implement Social and Emotional Learning, as well as Trauma Informed Teaching, to ensure that any potential issues can be addressed.

We do not limit ourselves to deliver knowledge benchmarked against standardized outcomes. Within all our academic programs, we challenge our students’ with professional case studies that make them deconstruct the norms in order to develop innovative solutions to the fashion and luxury industries’ most pressing issues.

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