The decision of pursuing career in fashion is not an easy one, but what’s tougher is finding the right school, which is the first step in this direction. When almost everyone is looking to become engineer, doctor or lawyer, picking up the right fashion programme and college is a little more challenging task as this is the road less taken when it comes to career.

Top 10 Fashion Schools in the world


Keeping this in view and to aid aspirants, Careers360 lists here the top 10 fashion schools across the globe. Go through the details of each one of them and then decide in which top fashion college you want to take admission.  


Central Saint Martins1. Central Saint Martins (London, UK)

A part of University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins is an internationally popular arts and design college whose main campus is situated in the Granary Building at the centre of London’s King’s Cross. Its two other campuses are located in Richbell Place and Archway.        


Programmes Offered-

Undergraduate: Womenswear, Menswear, Textile, Jewelry, and Knitwear Design, Fashion Design with Marketing, Communications, Fashion History, Journalism

Graduate: Fashion, Fashion Communication


Famous Alumni-

Alexander McQueen

Stella McCartney

John Galliano

Phoebe Philo

Christopher Kane

Hussein Chalayan

Giambattista Valli

Paul Smith

Riccardo Tisci

Matthew Williamson

Zac Posen

Hamish Bowles

Alice Temperley

Giles Deacon

Luella Bartley

Jenny Packham

Jonathan Saunders

Marios Schwab

Gareth Pugh

Sarah Burton

David Koma

Kingston University (London, UK)2. Kingston University (London, UK)

The University can give a kick start to the careers of those, who are aspiring for a senior role at a big company. Students passed from here have shown their presence in top fashion brands like Armani, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Massimo Dutti, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Burberry, H&M, etc.   


Programme Offered: Fashion Design


Famous Alumni-

Glenda Bailey

Felipe Baptista

Sophie Hulme

Simon Kneen

Helen Storey

John Richmond

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts3. Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp, Belgium)

The fashion department of the institute was found in 1963. Emphasis is laid on conceptual and experimental education here. This elite fashion school is perfect for you if you are devoted, experimental and innovative.    


Programme Offered- Fashion Design


Famous Alumni-

Martin Margiela

Dries Van Noten

Kris Van Assche

Ann Demeulemeester

Demna Gvasalia

Dirk Bikkembergs

Walter Van Beirendonck

Dirk Van Saene

Marina Yee

Veronique Branquinho

Haider Ackermann

Peter Pilotto

Bruno Pieters

Parsons School of Design4. Parsons School of Design (New York, USA)

Since its establishment in 1896, Parsons offers undergraduate and graduate programmes through its five schools. The school focuses on rigorous training, integrative inquiry and practice-based collaborative learning.   


Programmes Offered-

Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Strategic Design and Management

Graduate: Fashion Studies, Fashion Design and Society


Famous Alumni-

Donna Karan

Marc Jacobs

Tom Ford

Narciso Rodriguez

Alexander Wang

Isaac Mizrahi

Bill Blass

Claire McCardell

Anna Sui

Jason Wu

Jenna Lyons

Jack McCollough

Lazaro Hernandez

Prabal Gurung

Chris Benz

Steven Meisel

Thakoon Panichgul

Peter Som

Carmen Marc Valvo

Zac Posen

Behnaz Serafpour

Doo Ri Chung

Tracy Reese

Sophie Buhai

Lisa Mayock

Flora Gill

Alexa Adams

Fashion Institute of Technology5. Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, USA) 

FIT is a good fashion school for aspirants, who are willing to work in marketable voguish brand or a contemporary retailer. Here, students have access to digital vogue archive, NYTimes and WGSN along with city’s most outstanding fashion library and museum.   


Programmes Offered- Accessories Design, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Management, Illustration, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Production Management, Technical Design, Textile Development and Marketing, Textile/Surface Design


Famous Alumni-

Calvin Klein

Michael Kors

Nanette Lepore

Reem Acra

Nina Garcia

Francisco Costa

Joe Zee

Brian Atwood

Ralph Rucci

Michelle Smith

Dennis Basso

Norma Kamali

John Bartlett

Stephen Burrows

Daniel Vosovic

 London College of Fashion6. London College of Fashion (London, UK)

The premium college offers admissions to 70 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, alongwith 165 short courses across different subjects.


Programmes Offered- Different kinds of graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered here ranging from Bespoke Tailoring to Cordwainers Fashion Bags & Accessories, Cordwainers Footwear to Costume for Performance, etc. 


Famous Alumni-

Jimmy Choo

Nicholas Kirkwood

Sophia Webster

Jonathan Anderson

Rupert Sanderson

James Long

Ryan Lo

Karen Dacre

Sarah Harris

Melanie Rickey

 Bunka Fashion College7. Bunka Fashion College (Tokyo, Japan)

Founded in 1923, the college gained popularity in 1960s when its students made their presence felt in Paris. It has headquarters in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and has over 70 branches across Japan.


Programmes Offered- Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Fashion Marketing and Distribution, Fashion Accessories and Textiles


Famous Alumni-

Yohji Yamamoto

Kenzo Takada

Tsumori Chisato

Tex Saverio

Jun Takahashi (Undercover)

Junya Watanabe

Hiroko Koshino

Istituto Marangoni8. Istituto Marangoni (Milan, Italy)

The fashion institute is located in Milan, Florence, Paris, London, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It has a placement rate of 80%, and some of the most popular designers in the industry have studied here. 


Programmes Offered- Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Fashion Styling, Fashion Buying, Brand Management and Fashion Promotion


Famous Alumni-

Franco Moschino

Domenico Dolce

Alessandra Facchinetti (Tod's)

Francesco Russo

Alessandro Sartori (Berluti)

Julie de Libran (Sonia Rykiel)

Maurizio Pecoraro

Umit Benan

Rodolfo Paglialunga (Jil Sander)

Albino D'Amato

Chi Zhang

Polimoda9. Polimoda (Florence, Italy)

Polimoda was founded as Politecnico Internazionale della Moda in 1986. The executive staff has esteemed background with huge experience in the industry. The institute boasts of an 87% placement rate after graduation.  


Programmes Offered-

Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Footwear and Accessories Design, Fashion Technology, Business of Fashion Fashion, Product Management, Fashion Communication, Mastering Craft For Fashion

Graduate: Collection Design, Shoe and Bag Collection Design, Fashion Brand Management, Fashion Buying and Product Management, Fashion Enterprise, Fashion Merchandising and Buying, International Fashion Business, Luxury Business Luxury & Lifestyle Management, Fashion Communication, Fashion Styling, Fashion Trend Forecasting, Fashion Writing, Art Directing for Fashion


Famous Alumni- Edgardo Osorio (Aquazurra)


École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode10. École Supérieure Des Arts Et Techniques De La Mode (Paris, France)

World’s first and oldest French fashion college, ESMOD has a placement rate of more than 90%. Classes are offered in English as well as French. Moreover, the college also hosts programmes at 22 schools across 15 countries for those students, who are willing to study but can’t relocate to Paris.    


Programmes Offered-

Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Fashion Strategy & Communication

Graduate: Créateur Couture, International Fashion and Luxury Brand Management


Famous Alumni-

Olivier Rousteing (Balmain)

Thierry Mugler

Alexandre Vauthier

Catherine Malandrino

Suzy Menkes

Christophe Decarnin

Damir Doma

Juun J

Nina Garcia

Franck Sorbier

Vanina Vesperini

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