The Stylisme and Fashion Design department offers training based on its two principal axes.
Stylisme involves working with all strategic aspects of the development of a brand or label: product, communication, distribution and intensive research. Stylists develop cultural, social, aesthetical and technical skills as well as analytical and communication skills, along with analytical abilities and perception. Fashion Design is less constrained economically, and is somewhat more personal and creative.
Both disciplines focus on enhancing the human body through the use of volumes, images, colors and materials, exploring the many facets of fashion as a contemporary form of expression.
Through exercises and specific projects, students work on concrete propositions, developing their own personal languages, dealing with other complex, rich languages of signs, which they must decipher through the lens of their own socio-cultural contexts. They will address the elements which will eventually become part of their personal styles; and they will also need to be informed as to current trends in fashion, with a working knowledge of art, history, literature and film, as well as having and keeping an open mind.
The students pedagogical program includes:
- observation of the body and the construction of volumes;
- personal research to inform the students’ creative approach, involving text and image analysis, the development of theme and collection concepts, the composition of a range of colors and the beginning of a personal dossier;
- shaping volumes using techniques of molding, pattern-making, mesh – as well as working with a number of materials, notably silk screening;
- the construction of a coherent collection using silhouettes, working with canvases and other materials, creating prototypes in their definitive forms;
- finalizing the collection with accessories, styling garments for photography, casting models and staging the work for various forms of presentation (installation, fashion show, performance, edited videos).
During the first cycle (Bachelor degree), in addition to taking general classes common to all students at La Cambre, classes in this department include the basics of fashion design. Students learn multiple techniques of cutting and sewing, the manipulation and finishing of textiles, how to draw silhouettes and graphic design, and the development of a personal style. As well as learning about creating their collection, they are given two outside assignments, interning with a couture house or with another designer.
The second cycle (Master degree) combines creativity and technical skills. Students are asked to defend their creative choices, in both words and practice. They are placed long-term as interns at a well‑known couture house or with a designer from another country. Graduation is the culmination of at least five years of professional experience, a truly visiting card for their entry into the profession.
Pedagogical coordination :
Tony Delcampe, fashion designer