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Saint Laurent announces couture training scheme

Saint Laurent announces couture training scheme

Saint Laurent is launching a couture training programme.

The esteemed fashion house is teaming up with two schools, L'Institut Francais de la Mode (IFM) and the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (ECSCP), on a six-month curriculum - the first of which will start in September (17).

Saint Laurent describes the venture as “a training programme for couture savoir-faire”, with WWD dubbing it an internship at the brand’s headquarters in Paris, which will involve staff working with students in “an experimental format”.

At the end of the first course in March 2018, the students will unveil a special project in front of Saint Laurent workers and faculty at their schools.

“Preserving our heritage while evolving and being very relevant in our epoch is a pillar of our strategy, and investing in talents is an imperative condition to build on our success even further,” Francesca Bellettini, president and chief executive officer of Saint Laurent, told WWD. “I am very proud of this partnership with such renowned and prestigious institutions as the IFM and ECSCP, which will greatly contribute to the implementation of our strategy.”

The application process is currently open, with those interested advised to contact either educational facility.

Saint Laurent is the latest label to launch an innovative programme, with others including Gucci and Giorgio Armani, who last month (Jun17) announced his plans for a design competition alongside the British Fashion Council (BFC).

Like Saint Laurent, designer Armani is reaching out to schools and has tapped into the BFC’s Colleges Network, giving new talent the chance to compete to design a capsule collection for Emporio Armani.

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