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In association with several leading Paris fashion houses – members of the Cercle de l’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) – the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès helps young people to train and discover creative professions in fashion and textiles.
The Cercle IFM has a two-fold mission to promote fashion trades and skills, and make them accessible to all, including grants to broaden social and geographical diversity among French and international students on two 15-month professional programmes at the IFM: the postgraduate creative course and a management course in Fashion, Design and the Luxury Industry.
With support from the Cercle, around half of IFM students receive grant funding.
Since 2011, the Cercle IFM has also financed grants for young people (aged 15 to 25) with a passionate interest in fashion, to attend the IFM summer school. Week-long sessions introduce 150 participants to the culture and economics of creative industries (fashion, luxury, design, cosmetics…). Students explore key brands and their history, skills, and the processes of creation, innovation and manufacturing, through seminars, workshops and guided tours of cultural venues and ground-breaking stores.
The Cercle IFM also supports the IFM’s research and publishing: the review Mode de Recherche and studies including Le Luxe, essais sur la fabrique de l’ostentation (‘Luxury: essays on the manufacture of ostentation’, Editions IFM-Regard, 2011) and Esthétiques du quotidien au Japon (‘Japan: the aesthetic of the everyday’, Editions IFM-Regard, 2010). Support for the Cercle IFM by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès reflects the IFM’s historic relationship with Hermès and the Foundation’s focus on creative and artisan skills as well as training.