The École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode, or ESMOD, is a French private school of fashion. It was founded in Paris in 1841 by the master tailor Alexis Lavigne.[1] It has branches in Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris, Rennes and Roubaix in France, and in a number of cities in other countries, including Berlin, Moscow, Dubai and Tokyo[2]

École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode
Established1841 (1841)

48.8777°N 2.3345°E / 48.8777; 2.3345
Campus12 rue de la Rochefoucauld
75009 Paris


ESMOD is authorised by the Commission nationale de la certification professionnelle, the French national commission for vocational certification, to award a five-year professional certification as fashion stylist/designer at level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework.[3]


Alumni of the school include Reem Acra, Franck Sorbier, Olivier Rousteing and Seo Eunkyo. Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus also attended for a short time.


  1. Alison Matthews David (2006). Made to measure? : tailoring and the 'normal' body in nineteenth-century France. In Waltraud Ernst (ed), Histories of the normal and the abnormal: social and cultural histories of norms and normatively. London; New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203028254. p. 155.
  2. Frédéric Godart (2012). Unveiling fashion: business, culture, and identity in the most glamorous industry. Basingstoke: Houndmills; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230358355. p. 108.
  3. Résumé descriptif de la certification: Styliste designer mode (in French). Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP). Accessed May 2014.

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