ESMOD (The École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode)

Olivier Rousteing. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Olivier Rousteing. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Location: Paris, France

Programs: Undergraduate: Fashion Design, Fashion Strategy & Communication. Graduate: "Créateur Couture," International Fashion and Luxury Brand Management.

Annual Tuition: Undergraduate: €10,250 (or $11,650 at the current exchange rate). Graduate: €12,900 (or $14,662 at the current exchange rate).

Misc: The mannequin and measuring tape were invented here.

Famous Alumni: Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Thierry Mugler, Alexandre Vauthier, Catherine Malandrino, Suzy Menkes, Christophe Decarnin, Damir Doma, Juun J, Nina Garcia, Franck Sorbier, Vanina Vesperini.

What the Students Say: "The schedule is strict. ESMOD means working hard until late hours."

The Bottom Line: The world's first and oldest French fashion design school, it has a placement rate of over 90 percent, and offers classes in both English and French. What's more, it hosts programs at 22 schools across 15 different countries for those who want to study at the school, but aren't able to relocate to Paris.

More Info: www.esmod.com

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