In 1841, Alexis Guerre-Lavigne, tailor, inventor and innovator, created ESMOD, the first fashion school in the world;
accessible to all and specialised in clothing design.
Lavigne was also the master tailor in the royal court of Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. In 1847, Lavigne invented the soft metric measuring tape and took ESMOD internationally by publishing his cutting methods manual in German and English. The manual contained principles of pattern drafting and illustrations catered for various body types and postures, and later became a learning requirement in fashion schools of that era.
Lavigne went beyond his textbook publications and invented vital tools for the fashion industry, among which were the draping mannequin, rulers, set squares and more.
ESMOD celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2011 with a network of 20 schools in 13 countries around the world.
In 2012, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur has set out and finally opened its doors to young aspiring fashion designers.
For certain, success in a fulfilling career requires passion, creativity and the right educational foundation.
Even though the future is unpredictable, a successful future certainly can be influenced to achieve your dreams.
The young generations these days are in search for their ultimate career that would enable them to stand at creative industries’ frontline.
Hence, the key here is to offer an international quality education that would provide
industry-driven syllabuses with practical-coaching approach.
It is truly an honour to have The One Academy’s 25 years of ‘Masters Train Masters’ teaching philosophy join forces with ESMOD Paris’s 170 years as worldwide leader in fashion design education. ESMOD’s leading fashion programme with its French fashion expertise is a programme with successful teaching methods and comprehensive syllabus that is still used today as taught in other ESMOD schools around the world. The ESMOD Kuala Lumpur’s mission is to nurture young fashion talents in Malaysia with up-to-date experience and to be as big as renowned fashion designers.
With this, I am confident that The One Academy- ESMOD Kuala Lumpur will produce numerous incredible graduates with world-class results to meet the billion dollar fashion industry requirements and be sought after by prominent employers.
Message by Tatsun Hoi
Principal & Managing Director of The One Academy & ESMOD Kuala Lumpur
With more than 25 years of success in producing creative talents to meet the international creative and
animation industry, The One Academy is all set to train the next generation of creative fashion designers by
bringing Paris fashion design to Malaysia. The One Academy’s ESMOD Kuala Lumpur has now opened its doors
to young aspiring fashion designers. It is the only Paris fashion design school in Malaysia.
ESMOD Kuala Lumpur has fully embraced the teaching ideas, content, methods and materials of ESMOD Paris.
Offering Diploma in Fashion Design & Pattern-Making, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur has also brought in
French lecturers and resources to compliment the teachings of ESMOD Paris.
Students are offered the best of 2 worlds – where they are trained with international fashion designing insights
as well as hands-on practical pattern-making skills. This will provide students with comprehensive abilities to
design a series of couture and develop it according to the needs of the market – training them to be ready for
the industry upon their graduation.