Art of fashion foundation student competition 2013

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One week left for students to register to the 12th International Arts of Fashion Student Competition 2013, created by Nathalie Doucet. The competition theme is Resilience and the deadline to receive projects is – April 1st, 2013.

You can also register for the interesting MasterClass at Les Arts Decoratifs – le Louvre, Paris that take place this summer (June 24 to July 19, 2013).

All infos are here

Arts of Fashion foundation 2011 #2

It’s a precious time where students can work on exciting projects and met rising designers (Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong, Lucille Puton and Christine Phung) but also the french illustrator Aurore de la Morinerie.

It’s always interesting and an honor to follow the process of making. From the idea to the garment – to the garment to the exhibition, here is a new set of photos of the silhouettes (in processing) and the students at work.

Please consider the beautiful pleats made by Atelier Gerard Lognon who works for Haute Couture.


Justin working hard on the pleats…


Pleats that never stops, like water… The « water » dress by Feng Chen


Christine Phung and a student


Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong and Lucile Puton explaining to Alexandra

Arts of Fashion Foundation 2011 #1


Project by EunJin Song South Korea – Hong-Ik University

Last year i followed the fashion masterclass organized by Arts of Fashion Foundation and held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Nathalie has asked me to be part of the team again, the pleasure was mine.

This year the themes were:

The modern dancer, is to create a daytime dress like a sculptor, based upon the work of Madame Grès (her technique of draping and fabric carving).

The flying tailor, is to create an everyday life menswear « garment », a combination of both innovation and function, based upon the work of Hussein Chalayan.

Twelve students from different countries (China, Switzerland, USA, France…) spend one month in Paris creating two silhouettes and fashion illustrations, this is some of them.

All infos here

Students, creative people at work


Justin Jamison and Kaycee Houchin from USA – San Francisco (the Art Institute of California)


Stefanie Ayoub from Toronto (Ryerson University)


Joyce Liang from USA – San Francisco (Apparel Arts)


Feng Chen Wang from China (Beijing Institute of Technology)


Justin Jamison


Danielle Lejah from USA (University of Wisconsin – Madison)


Leah Mendelson from USA – San Francisco (the Academy of Art University)


Nika Tang from USA – San Francisco (the Academy of Art) University). Nika is already a freelance designer with her own brand in San francisco, check her website

The rising designers


Lucile Puton (La Cambre), Paris based menswear designer, part of 10 finalists of the Hyères 2010 International Fashion Festival. Currently freelancing for Thierry Mugler w/ Nicola Formichetti and Romain Kremer.


Jasper Sinchai Chadprajong (Royal college of Arts), London based menswear designer, part of 10 finalists of the Hyères 2010 International Fashion Festival. Collaboration with Brioni, Camper and Swarovski.


Christine Phung (Duperré, IFM), Paris based womenswear designer, design the uniforms of the new world class luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental in Paris, freelancing for Vanessa Bruno, Baby Dior, Veja to name a few and designing her own collections based on experimentations and interactions with the environnement.

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Arts of Fashion Foundation |Creative people at work

Invited by Nathalie Doucet to visit a masterclass in progress (called « Made in clothes ») at Musée des Arts Décoratifs…

By bringing together Aurore Thibout french fashion designer, winner of Festival International de la Mode d’Hyères 2006 & Laurence Teillet, fashion designer, London based, two formers Martin Margiela to lead a 5 days masterclass, AoFF give the opportunity to enhance creativity in fashion design.

The AoFF program offer the possibility to go further in the creative process (with the help of various designers and illustrators) by exploring new techniques of crafting, sewing, embroidering, etc.

Yesterday it was all that, some students are listening music to their iPod or laptop when sewing, some working on the floor, pinning fabrics together, some painting, some mixing materials and some thinking of drawing stripes on a dress made of shirts…

The workplans were a « beautiful mess » of multicolored threads and fabrics, pins and needles, papers, bags, ribbons, sketches… but what impressed me more is that all the people were very focus on their works. For some students it was their third masterclass, like a rendez-vous with inventiveness.

Seeing all these students, mostly new graduates, coming from all over the world (Switzerland, Colombia, France, United States, Russia, Brasil, etc.) all working in this studious atmosphere was like a come back to school for me.

I leave you with a slideshow of portraits i’ve done of the professionals(1),the students and some of the beautiful creative mess.

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Don’t forget to check out Aurore Thibout’s work through art and fashion (but wearable): Memory clothes. Then, perhaps like me, you wonder why spending your time to insanely track the trends, when some designers develop some concept so interesting…

About the « Made in clothes » masterclass

This program is based on designing with a conscience: Being aware of our impact as consumers in our today’s society by re-using waste materials to experiment, refine and develop new types of materials, fabrics and possibilities for clothing. Combining a responsible philosophy of contemporary design with an artistic approach, the project will emphasize the link between Art and Fashion. Rethinking the process of making clothes. Up-cycling – Experimentation – Handmade – Work in progress.

Arts of Fashion Foundation is here