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Top 5: The best fashion schools in the world

How do you actually become a fashion designer? A degree from a renowned fashion school can help you get one step closer to your dream job. Weekend presents the best fashion schools in the world.

1. Central Saint Martin's College (London)

Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen etc. The list of former graduates is long. Saint Martin's College is one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the world. The admission process is tough, only the most talented get in. The teachers are strict, the exams tough, but they are effective - because whoever can do it here can do it anywhere. The takeover rate of "CSM" graduates is 95 percent. It is the only fashion school whose annual graduation work is shown at London Fashion Week.

2. Parsons The New School for Design (New York)

Parsons The New School for Design, or Parsons for short, was founded in New York City in 1919. Parsons is the first university in the United States to offer creative courses in fashion design, interior design, and graphic design. The courses have decisively influenced the fashionable image of the city in recent years and brought it to the fore. With famous alumni such as Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, the training facility ranks first among art and design schools in the United States and second in the world.

3. London College of Fashion

Another of many London fashion schools. But definitely one of the most internationally respected in the city. The University of the Arts, or UAL for short, offers special courses such as B. Cosmetic Science or Fashion Broadcast, which you won't find at any other school. So it stands to reason that many alumni specialize in certain industries during their studies. The graduates include Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon and designer Michael Michalsky. A career entry afterwards is guaranteed, as the school maintains good contacts with industry and the media.

4. Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp)

This academy's popularity begins with the story of the Antwerp Six - a group of avant-garde fashion designers who graduated in the 1980s. Even today, the training center produces the most experimental and innovative fashion designers. Former graduates include Peter Pilotto and Haider Ackermann. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts is known for its many dropouts - some cannot handle the work intensity, others are recruited as early as their second or third year due to their talent.

5th École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture (Paris)

The École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture is a fashion school founded in Paris in 1927. It is not only one of the most prestigious, but also one of the most traditional fashion schools in the world. With a strong focus on real craftsmanship, the couture courses are unique. Proof are the former graduates: Valentino Garavani, Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges and Issey Miyake. It remains to be mentioned that the École is known for only accepting students who have already graduated from another university with a degree in fashion design.