Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion model
9 January 2019

The new French Institute of Fashion is launched!

On 8 January, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, signed the "Fashion and Luxury" sector’s strategic contract at the Cité de la Mode et du Design (Fashion and Design Centre). The occasion also saw the launch of the new Institut français de la mode (French Institute of Fashion), which is set to become the country’s number-one training venue.

The "Fashion and Luxury" sector is a major pillar of the French economy in terms of turnover and exports alike. As the global leader in its activity field, its turnover comes to some 154 billion euros and it provides 617,000 direct jobs. France is one of the sector’s top exporters with over 35.7 billion euros in exports. The sector also makes a major contribution to France’s international reputation and attractiveness.

Bruno Le Maire, Franck Riester and Guillaume de Seynes, Chair of the “Fashion and Luxury” sector’s Strategic Committee, signed its Strategic Contract on 8 January 2018.

Organised around six structuring actions, the Contract should enable the Fashion and Luxury sector to maintain its pre-eminence and provide it with the resources required for its growth:

  1. Developing the sector’s attractiveness: among other things, the project focuses on development of innovative training programmes and a communication campaign on technical careers in the sector, which aims to increase apprenticeships by 20% over the next two years.
  2. Ensuring that the higher education and research fashion ecosystem is given the prominence it deserves: the new French Institute of Fashion will be enrolling 800 students at the start of the 2020/2021 academic year. A research, applied research and development policy fully in line with Industry 4.0 will be implemented.
  3. Improving competitiveness among subcontracting companies and assisting them in their transformation into an Industry of the Future: a 360° diagnosis will be carried out on high-growth companies identified, and Bpifrance will provide them with support in the context of a sectoral accelerator.
  4. Assisting and funding emerging fashion houses: the project will enable Bpifrance to lend assistance to rapidly developing brands in the context of a sectoral accelerator. The Institute for the Financing of Cinema and the Cultural Industries (IFCIC) will be provided with increased resources.
  5. Developing a traceability system for the sector: the project will enable development of an efficient and secure technological solution for the whole production value chain, which will be ready for testing out by volunteer companies in 2021.
  6. Fostering a virtuous, circular economy dynamic: the project provides for the launch of two technological demonstrators for recycling in the textile sector.

The Government will be lending its support to Fashion and Luxury sector professionals for the roadmap's implementation.

"This contract bears witness to the energy and determination displayed by  professional federations in their search for responses to the challenges of training, transmission, creation, and adaptation to an economic system that is not always favourable to creators. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the links that exist between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Fashion is a creative industry that requires mobilisation on the part of both our administrations."
Franck Riester, Minister of Culture

Bruno Le Maire also launched the new French Institute of Fashion, the result of a merger between the Institut français de la mode (IFM) and the Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la Couture (ECSCP – School of the Trade Association of High Fashion). Together, they will form a new School ranking among the finest institutions of its kind worldwide as regards creation, management and knowhow alike. France is the country of fashion, elegance and creation, and, with the new French Institute of Fashion, Paris, its capital, is set to become its training venue par excellence.

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