Established in 2006, ESMOD Dubai, the French Fashion Institute is a leading fashion education provider in the Middle East, contributing to the creative and economic growth of the UAE by shaping tomorrow’s leaders of the region’s fashion industry with French flair and professionalism.


ESMOD Dubai is a branch of ESMOD International Fashion Institutes & University Group in Paris, with a global reputation, including 22 locations in 14 countries and a vast international network which continues to grow. Ranked as the number one French fashion school by Business Of Fashion, CEO World and Fashonista, and considered the preferred fashion institute by industry professionals and over 8000 alumni worldwide, the ESMOD International Network transmits “French expertise” that foresees current events and has met market needs for 175 years.


The first and only Fashion Institute in the Middle East, ESMOD Dubai is entirely dedicated to fashion, cementing itself as a worldwide education leader in fashion design and patternmaking for ready-to-wear, creator, couture and haute couture. With a focus on innovation and creativity, ESMOD Dubai’s teaching, methodology and curriculum extends to hands on dynamic programs which are updated continuously to meet the ever changing fashion trends both regionally and globally.


ESMOD Dubai Founder Tamara Hostal said the institute’s courses sought to reveal and nurture the creative individuality, aesthetic sense and superior garment making skills of students through unique practical methodology appraised by the fashion industry.


“Our mission is to support our graduates in the establishment of their own fashion businesses, offering them a platform to launch into the real world of fashion and exposure to international fashion weeks. We strive to stimulate students’ drive for excellence, develop their sense of entrepreneurship and eagerness to break the mould.

“Well-known firms in the fashion sector acknowledge ESMOD Dubai’s expertise and quality of training, and as a result our alumni enjoy a high rate of internship offers from international brands such as Iris Van Herpen, Vera Wang and Alexander Mc-Queen, and entry level job opportunities with brands including Rami Al Ali and Gucci. Jamal Abdulrahman, Founder of Vancouver Fashion Week recently spotted two of our alumni and invited them to showcase their graduate collection in Vancouver,” Ms Hostal said.


Under the expert tuition of some of the industry’s most highly qualified professionals, students are trained to design and produce garments from A to Z in a fully supported learning environment of unique and patented programs licensed by the KHDA in Dubai. Courses include the BA Fashion Design Undergraduate Program, Fashion Workshop short courses,

iFashTM-Abaya Design, Haute Couture Masterclasses, Footwear Design, Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Management, Fashion Buying and Professional Fashion Makeup Courses.


Polette Store at CITYWALK, The ESMOD Fashion Designers Incubator, is a unique platform to support emerging designers and ESMOD graduates through the design manufacturing, retailing, branding and marketing of their collections. The store is the first and only retails startup platform in the world to launch alumni fashion brands. Established in line with ESMOD Dubai’s CSR agenda the store is located in the latest high end fashion retail centre of CITYWALK. The facility provides a unique and highly visible talent incubator for designers to showcase their collections, accessories and other exclusive creations.


With a multicultural student body that houses over 70 different nationalities ESMOD Dubai and Polette successfully act as a united incubator platform, educating and driving an entrepreneurial mindset, whilst highlighting the contribution by tomorrow’s leaders and today’s entrepreneurs to the economy and creative landscape.

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