Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts visuels de La Cambre (ENSAV)
to June 1992
Artistic High school
Bachelor + Master 2 with honours degree (300 credits)
Details and Extracurriculars
Cut and seam
Fashion and textiles workshop with Franc' Pairon, Françoise Colpé, Annemie Verbeeck
A formation in 5 years,this department has two sides: stylisme, which concerns all strategic aspects of a label’s development: product, communication, distribution, research, and so on; and fashion design, which suggests something more personal and creative. Both disciplines highlight the human body via the use of volumes, images, colours and materials: they both explore all the facets of fashion as a contemporary form of expression.
During the first cycle, in addition to studies common to all La Cambre’s students, the department’s art class teaches the basics of fashion. They learn the techniques of cutting, sewing, the manipulation and finishing of textiles, how to draw silhouettes, graphic design, etc, all the while developing a personal style. As well as gaining an understanding of collections, they go on two work placements, either in a fashion house or with a fashion designer.
The second cycle combines creativity and technical skills. Students are helped to understand their creative choices, and now can defend them both in words and practice. They have to undertake two long-term work experiences abroad in a well-known couture house or with a fashion designer. Graduation is the culmination of at least five years professional experience and amounts to each student’s visiting card into the profession.