Which fashion school to choose to become the next artistic director of an important luxury fashion house? The last theories of Success Factor Modeling, that is the methodology that studies the critical factors of success to emerge in a given activity, suggests passing through the steps of those who have done it. So here are the 9 schools to become the artistic director of an important fashion house.
BELGIUM – Two of the nine fashion schools are based in Belgium. Haider Ackerman and Kris Van Assche – 2 of the protagonists of the Waltz of armchairs in early 2018 – and Demna Gvasalia DA of Balenciaga studied in Antwerp and in particular the Royal Academy of Art. In Brussels, instead, there is L’École de la Cambre (ENSAV), the institute where he studied the current artistic director of Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello. Located in the Cambre abbey, it allows 17 courses in the artistic field: from cinema to ceramics, from photography to textile design.
UK – We leave the European Union to go to London. Here, one of the most renowned fashion schools is based, which over the years has produced dozens of fashion designers with a dazzling career. Let’s talk about the Central St Martin College of Art and Design. Among the latest fashion prizes to have graduated stand out the names of Kim Jones at the head of Dior Homme, the Italian Riccardo Tisci now at the reins of Burberry and the new media entry Craig Green designer of the namesake label but collaborator of many other brands. The Royal College of Art, from which Clare Waight Keller, in charge of Givenchy, arrives at this school. I’ll tell you its name only because it has not yet ferried the French label in street-style fashion.
FRANCE – Paris is two hours away by train from London. Here too we have two excellences. The first is the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) where he studied Olivier Rousteing, the regent of Balmain, an ultra-adored brand by true Parisians. While the second school can be linked to fashion only for the search for beauty that can be found in the Course of Art History of the École du Louvre attended by Hedi Slimane now in the most important chair of Céline.
ITALY – And in Italy? Where will the fashion schools that have churned out the most admired artistic directors be found? Milan? No. Maria Grazia Chiuri, head of Dior Donna, Pierpaolo Piccioli, head of Valentino, and Alessandro Michele, the puppeteer of Gucci, all studied in Rome. Chiuri and Piccioli are both from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), while Michele has studied at the Accademia di costume di moda.
CHICAGO – Finally he, the most tweet and instagram fashion designer of the moment, the American Virgil Abloh who, unlike all the others, has studied civil engineering and architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. A little like our Ferrè!