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LEARNING CURVE: The Milan fashion school, that counts Domenico Dolce, Franco Moschino and, more recently, Tod's creative director Alessandra Facchinetti among its alumni, has big plans in Paris. After opening a campus in Paris in the quiet 16th district in 2006, it has relocated to 48 Rue de Miromesnil, not far from the boutiques lining Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, to be closer to “the center of fashion,” said Roberto Riccio, general director of the Groupe Instituto Marangoni. The school also has campuses in London and Shanghai.
The new Paris location — measuring almost 13,000 square feet, versus 8,600 before — is designed to accommodate the growing number of students, especially from BRIC countries, according to Riccio. Seventy percent of students come from abroad, 80 percent of which are from BRIC countries, he said.
“Our objective is to have 1,000 students, at the Paris campus, just like in Milan, within five years, from 300 students currently,” Riccio added. Courses specific to the Paris school, such as marketing and management of cosmetics and fragrances, should help draw more students.
Esmod Paris still ranks first in the latest ranking of fashion schools released this month by French education Web site L’Etudiant.fr. The ranking is based on a survey of industry professionals.
The fashion crowd was sipping Champagne at the opening of the exhibition of portraits of students by Aldo Fallai. The fashion photographer who has collaborated with Giorgio Armani for 35 years said a retrospective of his work would open in January 2014 in Florence’ Villa Bardini, before moving to Shanghai.