Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale (Paris, France)
Programs: Fashion Design and Technique
AnnuaTuition: €13,050 to €14,400 ($16,028 to $17,687 at the current exchange rate) for overseas students; €10,900 to €12,700 for E.U. students
Misc: It’s the school associated with the group that determines which fashion brands qualify as true couture houses.
Famous Grads: André Courreges, Issey Miyake, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Nicole Miller, Anne Valerie Hash, Stephane Rolland, Valentino Garavani, Karl Lagerfeld
The Bottom Line: This prestigious French school offers world-renowned couture classes. There are baccalaureate-level programs as well, but the administrators often won't accept students until after they finish a design course elsewhere first. The school also has an exchange program with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
More Info: www.ecole-couture-parisienne.com