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Best fashion schools in the world known for their curriculum and employment rates

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From elite programmes in London, New York and Paris to institutions with an impressive network of professional contacts,SPEAR lists the best fashion schools known for their curriculum and employment rates.

As for famous alumni, you can´t go wrong with any of these schools, which count the likes of Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo as graduates.

Central Saint Martins, London

As far as elite fashion design programmes go, you can´t get much better than Central Saint Martins.

Counting the likes of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Paul Smith among its former grads, the fashion school´s undergraduate and graduate programmes are known for being exceptional.

The BA Fashion course ends with a highly anticipated press show, while students on the MA Fashion course, led by legend Professor Louise Wilson, OBE, take part in February´s London Fashion Week, the only course of its kind to be part of the schedule.

Parsons, The New School for Design, New York

Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Tom Ford are among the famous grads at New York´s fashion powerhouse Parsons, The New School for Design.

World-renowned fashion designer Karan even does workshops and critiques at the fashion school, along with New York-based womenswear and accessories brand Proenza Schouler.

Parsons offers four fashion programmes, which help develop graduates´ aesthetic abilities, along with conceptual, design, technical and marketing skills, preparing them for the competitive industry.

Istituto Marangoni, Milan

With campuses in Milan, London and Paris, Istituto Marangoni places students in a unique position to take advantage of having strong links with the main fashion capitals of the world.

Offering a selection of programmes covering design, styling and business, the Italian fashion school produces highly skilled professionals who go to work in the industry´s creative and business fields.

Founded in Milan in 1935, Istituto Marangoni has schooled more than 40,000 students over the years, including Franco Moschino and Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana.

Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale, Paris

With names like Issey Miyake, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent among its alumni, it´s no wonder that Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale is considered to be one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world.

Founded in 1927, the Parisian school offers courses in fashion design and technique at baccalaureate-level, with its couture technique programme held in particularly high regard.

Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale relocated and expanded in 2011, when it started its four-year curriculum.

Kingston University, London

With its two fashion programmes, Kingston University has an enviable reputation for producing year after year of talented – and employable – designers.

As well as the final year show for undergraduates attracting press and industry from all over the world, MA students get to work on live projects happening in the industry. In addition the university´s network of industrial support gives students first-hand experience of how the fashion industry works.

Many Kingston University graduates have gone on to hold senior positions at global fashion brands, including Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Givenchy.

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is highly regarded for its variety of fashion programmes, which place students at the heart of fashion in New York.

The FIT museum, a specialised fashion museum known for its innovative and award-winning special exhibitions, is a unique offering for students, while opportunities to study abroad and close links with industry give it a competitive edge.

Graduates have gone on to set up their own labels, including Calvin Klein, and hold senior positions in fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren.

Royal College of Art, London

Considered to be one of the world´s most influential postgraduate universities for art and design, the Royal College of Art has an outstanding employment rate: an impressive 95% of graduates gain employment, some of which even at top fashion houses such as Prada, Burberry and Givenchy.

With an excellent fashion programme in womenswear and menswear, the school equips graduates with exactly the right skills they need to thrive in the fashion industry.

Credited with training many successful fashion designers, including Philip Treacy, Julien Macdonald, Christopher Bailey, Clare Waight Keller, Erdem and Holly Fulton, the Royal College of Art boasts one of the best postgraduate fashion programmes in London.

ESMOD, Paris

The first and oldest French fashion design school in the world, ESMOD counts Thierry Mugler, Christophe Decarnin and Suzy Menkes among its long list of famous grads.

Offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fashion design and business at its Paris campus (the school also has campuses in 14 other countries), ESMOD students have access to the vibrant fashion scene in the French capital.

Thanks to Bunka ´s extensive network of more than 6,000 companies and 19,000 professional contacts, students have the opportunity to build up a valuable base of contacts, while taking advantage of the many internship and job offers the school receives.

London College of Fashion, London

With a reputation as one of the leading centres of fashion education in the world, London College of Fashion prides itself on giving students unique insight into the industry and equipping them the skills they need to succeed.

The fashion school stands out with its unique and varied range of courses – from fashion design, jewellery and illustration to journalism, marketing and even beauty therapy and cosmetic science.

Graduates have gone on to become designers, stylists, photographers, journalists and managers, with notable alumni including footwear designer Jimmy Choo and rising star William Tempest, a womenswear designer who has dressed Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.

Bunka Fashion College, Japan

Covering all fields of the fashion industry, from creations, accessories and technology to marketing and technology, Bunka Fashion College offers one of the best fashion educations you can get in Japan.

With fashionable towns Harajuku, Aoyama and Shibuya just a stone´s throw away, the school is in the perfect location for students looking to embrace Japan´s fashion scene.

On campus, students can find the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, which houses more than 20,000 articles, as well as a library that has one of Japan´s greatest collections of fashion-related books.

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

Studying at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts isn´t for the fainthearted. Known for being an elite design school, it offers one of the best – and hardest – courses you can do in the world.

Credited with training the famous "Antwerp Six" designers, who put the school on the map when they succeeded in the industry, the academy celebrated its 350th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of its world-famous fashion department in 2013.

Exceptionally trained students from the Royal Academy go on to work in top fashion houses and set up their own labels. Notable alumni include fashion designers Veronique Branquinho, A.F. Vandevorst, Stephan Schneider and Bernhard Willhelm.

La Cambre, Brussels

Founded in 1926, La Cambre is a renowned art school in Brussels, which offers more than 17 artistic options for students, including drawing, painting, photography, stage set design, animation, and textile and fashion design.

Students follow either a two-year or five-year programme, depending on whether they want to complete a Bachelor or Master´s degree. Mandatory and optional workshops, courses and seminars are also on offer, as well as technical training, internships and the opportunity to take part in annual public shows.

Located in an abbey, this traditional art school has an exceptional library with around 60,000 works, along with graphic and photographic archives.

Source: SPEARS

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