COUTURE IS DEFINED AS THE HIGH ART OF SEWING. IT ENCOMPASSES HIGHLY TECHNICAL SKILLS THAT ARE REQUIRED TO CREATE THE INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC GOWNS YOU SEE EMBRACE THE RED CARPET.

The Couture Design program is a three month intensive that teaches students these skills through the creation of a cocktail dress and gown with a corset included.  Students will begin by mastering their hand and machine sewing skills. From there they will move on to learning the art of draping to create a gown. When the program concludes, they will have the technical expertise to drape a corseted gown. This impressive skill set will prepare them for the exciting world of couture within the fashion industry.  

Our students have gone on to work with Couture Design houses and presented at Couture Fashion Week.
 

It’s funny, you never know how talented and how many qualities you have until you try something new. And I have to be honest, Haute Couture was more than what I was expecting. I found love and passion in this program.
— Jemina A., Class of Winter 2016
 

Program Snapshot


3 Months
Evening/Weekend
Certificate Program
Career Guidance
Payment Plan Options
Fashion Show

Next Start Date: 4/17/2017


Overview

The 3-month program consists of 3 courses and a total of 145 hours.  

MONTH 1

In the first section of Couture student’s gain a further understanding of the techniques needed to craft these exquisite pieces. The development process is taught along with the necessary sewing fundamentals, both hand and machine. In this portion students will create a cocktail dress to utilize these skills.

MONTH 2

After the sewing techniques are mastered students then move onto Draping. The specific tools and supplies required for Draping are established and students are then taught to drape and create slopers. Here they will use fabrics specifically for couture and begin to build their corset.

MONTH 3

This last section of Couture is where it all comes together. The students will take the corset they have been working on and incorporate it into a gown. The students take the skill set learned from the prior two phases of the program and create a gown fit to walk down the red carpet.

 
 

Our instructors for the Couture Design program have years of experience in creating custom couture gowns for New York City's elite. They are experts in patternmaking, tailoring and embroidery. They are true fashion designers.

Program Requirements

Couture Design students should have a strong foundation in sewing and draping. Students must have knowledge of sewing techniques, how to operate an industrial machine, and basic knowledge of draping. A demonstration of one's skills is required prior to acceptance into this program. Please contact us so we can tell you more about the process.

 

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