Parsons Paris

  • Parsons Academic Graduate

    Discover the Business of Fashion

    An online course for high school students, Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury is an online, self-paced course taught by Parsons Paris faculty and industry  experts. Through 30 hours of instruction including videos, individual mentoring and access to supplemental resources, students will learn the inner workings of the fashion business,  and connect with other fashion-minded students. At the end of the course, they will earn a certificate of completion from Parsons Paris.

  • Topics Covered

    Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and more — Learn the brands, the history, and current happenings.

    Fashion and Branding — How popular fashion brands come to life.

    What is luxury? — The key elements that distinguish luxury from other products.

    What makes a trend? — Neon, mini bags, and hair-clips — how trends get hot.

    Fashion Capitals — From Paris to London to Milan to NYC — learn the styles of each.

    Fashion Shows — Go behind the scenes to learn how runway shows come together.

    Sustainability — Learn how becoming “greener” sparks innovation.

    Fashion, Culture, and Society — Discover how fashion influences the way we live and think.

    Social Media and Fashion — See how brands use celebrities and influencers to create excitement.

    Final Project

    The course culminates with a special Insider’s Challenge focused on one of three fashion-related topics. Students have the opportunity to express their creativity through their choice of media -  from text, drawing, and collage to photography and video -  in a final presentation that allows them to demonstrate their learning and apply the knowledge they’ve acquired.


    Students will benefit from personal guidance from a Parsons Paris mentor who will support their journey throughout the learning experience. They will receive encouragement and direction on unit assignments, inspiration and motivation to be successful, and help with ideation on the "Insider's Challenge."

    Course Sequence

    The program will be offered in two- and four- week sessions, beginning in February 2020. All course options contain the same educational content. 


    Cost: $1895

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