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, the way trends are made, and the skills you need for a career in the field. 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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Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions

Eligibility

For students ages 13 and up

Fees

$1195

Immerse Yourself in Fashion from Paris and Beyond

Learn from the Greats: Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent

Delve into the unique identities of these three iconic fashion brands. Learn how branding and storytelling helped them evolve and grow. Explore the way tools, such as mood boards, inspire creativity while helping designers stay true to a brand’s DNA.

What Sets Luxury Brands Apart

Success in the luxury fashion business relies on the strength of a brand’s market position, its product quality, and its following. Gain an understanding of the elements of a luxury brand. Explore craftsmanship versus the production methods used by fast fashion. Learn about the importance of marketing to a luxury brand’s clientele.

The Never-Ending Cycle of Fashion Trends

What is a trend? How does a trend start? Does it emerge from the industry or the culture? Study the life cycle of trends to see how old becomes new again. Learn how brands work with forecasters and influencers to predict and promote trends.

The Global Business of Fashion

From New York to Paris, Milan to Tokyo, fashion capitals host a variety of events, including runway shows and Fashion Week. Learn what it takes for a city to become a fashion capital. Explore the importance of Fashion Week. Discover the many people involved in fashion shows, such as buyers, designers, and the media.

Fashion’s Adoption of Sustainability

Learn how consumers are holding fashion brands accountable for the way they source materials, their working conditions, and their management of the waste generated by fashion, with its short life cycle. Gain an understanding of the framework that allows for both sustainability and profit, and discover the innovations that are changing fashion.

Complete Your Final Project

Choose one of three final projects to demonstrate what you’ve learned in the course: Open a concept store focused on sustainability, create a pitch for a brand ambassador, or develop a recommendation for Chanel on whether they should launch a menswear line. Use any format of your choosing for your project.

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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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Apply now for the next available course

All course options contain the identical educational content, learning materials, number of assignments and access to mentoring. The difference in length of course is due to time of year (not amount of instruction). We know the school year keeps you busy, so we've made the course longer during that time so you can get assignments done.

December 18 - January 1

Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 11, 2022

January 8 - February 5

Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 1, 2023

January 22 - February 5

Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1195

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2023

Student Testimonial

Lydia Jacoby | Business of Fashion Student Testimonial

Lydia Jacoby

2020 Olympic Champion and 2021 World Championship Silver Medalist

“I absolutely loved the Business of Fashion online course I took through Parson's Paris. During the course, I learned lots of new information about sustainability, supply chains, brand history, and more. The industry mentors also provided constructive and in-depth feedback on all my assignments, helping me noticeably grow throughout the course. With my insane schedule, I loved that the class format was superflexible. If you're at all interested in fashion or even just creativity and design in general, this is an incredible opportunity to explore the fashion industry and what it has to offer.”

Your Parsons Paris Instructors

Eros Antoniadis | Business of Fashion Instructor | Parsons Paris

Eros Antoniadis

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.

Anna Krutiy | Business of Fashion Instructor | Parsons Paris

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.

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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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Mentoring

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 all assignments
  • Inspiration and motivation to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project

Meet the Mentors

Mariza | Business of Fashion Course Mentor

Mariza

MA, Fashion Studies, Parsons School of Design. Researcher and communicator with a global perspective in fashion, emerging technologies, and material innovation. Executive Committee Officer and Communications Representative at the Association of Dress Historians, London.

Abbygail | Business of Fashion Course Mentor

Abbygail

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

Celinda | Business of Fashion Course Mentor

Celinda

BFA, Fashion Design, Parsons Paris, Parsons School of Design. Stylist, Fashion and Scenographic Designer. Specializes in abstracted forms of fashion & wearable sculptures.

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Flexible Learning

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

How to Apply

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

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. An explanation of why you wish to take this course.
  3. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer. All communication must be in English.

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

Scholarships

We offer need-based scholarships to students exhibiting great potential who are unable to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

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