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Uniquely, Paris Fashion Institute offers dynamic seminars led by professionals in their fields, from all over the globe.

fashion designers

Karl Lagerfeld
Hubert de Givenchy
Yohji Yamamoto
Issey Miyake
Azzadine Alaia
Gilles Dufour
Mr. Pearl
Stella McCartney
Patrick Von Ommeslaghe
Diane Pernet

Students meet and interact with designers, published illustrators, film directors, costume designers, stylists and choreographers, modeling agency directors, fashion editors and journalists, photographers, fashion merchandisers, public relations consultants, foreign import-export buyers, buying offices, trend offices, architects, color analysts and representatives from many other aspects of the industry. All give the students of Paris Fashion Institute the benefit of their time, experience, knowledge and consideration. In an informal collegiate environment, students meet, learn from and may be critiqued by players in the creation and business of fashion.

Joan White

Founder and Director, Joan P. White, whose unique vision and foresight brought Paris Fashion Institute into being in 1976 and continues to lead it into the next millennium.

What students say about Joan

Paris Fashion Institute is not just one of the 50 best fashion schools in the world, it’s the experience of a lifetime. It was my home for a month . . . a month full of new information about the fashion industry, a month in which, together with my colleagues, I created an amazing collection, a month with lots of networking, fashion shows and, most important, awesome people who I now admire, respect & am proud to have known! Read more . . .None of these things would have been possible without the dedication & active implication of this fabulous lady who I simply love: lady Joan P. White, the gorgeous PFI director and a wonderful, kind woman! Thank you, dear Joan! I dedicate all my future fashion career to you since everything will be possible thanks to the fact that you believe in me so much! Thank you for teaching me so many things about fashion and, most of all, about life! I love you & will miss you for sure until we meet again! — feeling blessed with Joan P. White.
Anca Tănase

Everyone told me I was going to go to Paris and fall in love with someone. Boy, were they right. Some tears were definitely shed today as I had to leave my mom-away-from-home. She is the most perfect human being on this planet and I’m so lucky that she is not only just the director of this fabulous PFI program, but quickly became someone I will forever hold dear to my heart.  Read more . . . I will miss our daily chats and seeing your beautiful face and hearing your sarcasm everyday! Thank you for always believing in me and making Paris a place that has become so special to me!! “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!” Love you Miss Joan!!!! ♥
Kassidy Yochheim

If it weren’t for this amazing woman I probably would not have been here for this entire month and would have missed out on some amazing experiences. After knowing her for only what, 2 days?, she spent 7 hours at the emergency room with me when I fractured my foot. I was seriously ready to come home on the third day here but she talked me out of it and provided me with faith in myself that I could make the best of the situation.  Read more . . . Not only did she help me in that aspect, but she also runs this amazing program that I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. During the first week here, she told us that we would fall in love with Paris and I thought “this woman is crazy . . . there is no way” but she ended up being completely right. She made me feel so much more comfortable here and was the best mom away from home. She also helped me to learn a lot about myself and also to have a little more confidence in myself and my capabilities. Because of her and the entire PFI program, I don’t view my goals as unattainable anymore. I have complete confidence that I will get to exactly where I want to be in this industry. Joan is overall one of the most influential and amazing women I know and I cannot even express how thankful and appreciative I am for her. Thank you so so much for EVERYTHING you have done for not only me, but all of us, Joan P. White, you have made an impact on my life that I will remember and hold in my heart forever.
Alexys McQuillen

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“The knowledge PFI students achieve in one intensive month is priceless. With highly reputed teachers, experts in their subjects, and famous lecturers from the most successful Fashion Houses like Balenciaga, Dior, Hermes, PFI offers unlimited opportunities for students who want to develop a career in the fashion industry.” Janina Nectara