Learn the Business of Fashion

Online course for high school students

Fashion is more than meets the eye. Designed for high school students, Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury is an online course from Parsons Paris that offers access to this exciting world. Learn about the history of fashion, how trends are made, and learn about the skills you need to pursue a career. Get inspired by creative minds who share their insider knowledge and join a like-minded group of students. Earn a Certificate of Completion from Parsons Paris.

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Immerse yourself in Paris fashion and beyond

Topics covered:

Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and more

Learn the brands, the history, and current happenings

Fashion and Branding

How popular fashion brands come to life

What is Luxury?

The key elements that distinguish luxury from other products

What makes a trend?

Neon, mini bags and hair clips — how trends get hot

Fashion Capitals

From Paris to London to Milan to NYC — learn the styles of each

Fashion Shows

Go behind the scenes to learn how runway shows come together


Learn how becoming “greener” sparks innovation

Fashion, culture and society

Discover how fashion influences the way we live and think

Social Media and Fashion

See how brands use celebrities and influencers to create excitement

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How You Will Benefit

  • Find out where you could fit in the dynamic world of fashion
  • Learn the inner workings of the fashion business
  • Get input from fashion professionals on your creative project
  • Connect with other fashion-minded students
  • Develop the skills to create a professional presentation with video content
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Parsons Paris

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Meet Your Parsons Paris Instructors

Portrait of Eros

Eros Erotokritos

A designer with his own brand and ecommerce business, Eros is the founder of two boutiques in Paris. He is internationally known as a specialist in the elements of style.

Portrait of Anna

Anna Krutiy

A marketing and product development manager with expertise in luxury brands, Anna has worked with such names as Chanel Paris, Swarovski SAS and the Woolmark Company.

Portrait of Badara

Badara Ndiaye

An influencer and source of new ideas, Badara is a creative director and inspirational figure in Paris fashion. His clients have included Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Puma, Adidas and Fashion TV.

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Your Final Project: The Insider's Challenge

The course culminates with a special Insider's Challenge, which will allow you to demonstrate your learning and apply the knowledge acquired. Choose one of three exciting topics and let your creativity guide you! Complete your Challenge and express yourself through your choice of media, such as text, photography, video, collages, or drawings.

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Receive guidance from a Parsons mentor who can support you throughout your journey to deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on unit assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to be successful
  • Brainstorming and ideation on your “Insider's Challenge”

Meet the Mentors

Portrait of Kalina

Kalina Deng

M.A., Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design. Currently works in Global Digital Innovation at Coach, New York.

Portrait of Rachel

Rachel Francois

M.A., Fashion Studies, Parsons/The New School of Design. Currently Senior Director of Academic +, Career Advising, The New School, New York.

Portrait of Maegan

Maegan Stracy

M.A., Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design (in progress). Surface Design Instructor/Head Counselor, Textile Art Center, New York.

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Mariza Galindo

M.A., Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design. Currently Royal College of Art, London, UK, candidate for PhD in textiles. Digital Communications Officer at the Association of Dress Historians, London.

Shefali Judeline Jauhar

M.A. Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design. Currently Teaching Assistant at Parsons School of Design, New York.

Abbygail Talao

M.A., Fashion Studies, Parsons Paris, Parsons School of Design. Currently Brand Manager at Magnet Companies.

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Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 30 hours overall course time
  • Sessions with your mentor
  • Meet fellow fashion students online

How to Apply

It's easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  1. Provide basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course.
  3. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should only take a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Enroll in Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury

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