Istituto Marangoni: first term


Hi everyone,

As you may know, I have started my first year at the Istituto Marangoni Fashion School in Paris. I’m doing a three-year program in Fashion Design. I would like to give you my perspective on my first term here for those who might be interested in the school.

First of all, Marangoni has always been a school that interested me. There is also Marangoni in other cities like Milan, which is the largest, London, Florence, Mumbai, etc. If I’ve chosen Paris, it’s because I love this city, and it’s a key capital for fashion too. The school in Paris is quite small, which personally I find better.

You can take courses in French or English.
I do the program in English. For that, I had to pass the TOEFL.

Concerning my schedule, I only have class 15 hours a week. Six lessons of 2h30. Although my schedule seems “light”, I can tell you that the homework make uo for that. Indeed, we have a lot of work to do.

My courses in Fashion Design for the first term include:

  • Research: this course allows you to develop your concept for a collection, to develop your personality. Very interesting course.
  • Drawing: course where you learn to draw silhouettes, and how to color the different clothes according to the different fabrics.
  • Fabrics: here we learn the different textiles, fabrics; and how to use them and what can be done with them. If it may seem a bit boring for some, I really like this course. In addition, it is essential for a fashion designer to know all the different fabrics.
  • Pattern cutting: we copy different patterns of garments. We modify them, copy them on the calicot, and we sew. This is my favorite class!
  • History of Art and Fashion: in this course we are studying the evolution of clothing from the fifteenth century to nowadays. A course a little more “school” but essential because to understand the present and interpret the future you need to know the past.

As far as the people are concerned, they are all very friendly. Not only people in my class, but all the students in the school. As the school is small, it is easy to interact with people from other classes. And the second and third years are always very nice to help you.
The teachers, too, are super-friendly.

For the assessments, I must say that my classmates and I were all a little confused about how they would be presented. There are no oral exams, or writings. It’s actually a presentation of all our work done during the term. It is not so difficult, but there is a lot of stress because there is so much to do in such a short time. In addition, sometimes they would add new things to do at the last minute.

But despite this little “lack of organization”, after a first term here I can say that I am satisfied with the school. I really like what I do, and I think it’s the most important.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask me!




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