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Higher diploma in Fashion design, patternmaking and sewing

The higher diploma in Fashion design, patternmaking and sewing at two yearscompleted by the Advanced Diploma (MA) Luxury and Haute Couture is designed for people who want to work in the fashion industry, particularly in the fields of luxury ready-to-wear (evening gowns, formal wear) and in the bridal wear industry..

It trains for careers as stylists, creators, retail space designers, fashion designers, collection managers, workshop managers, prototypists and more. It combines courses in Fashion design (trend analysis, fashion knowledge, textile knowledge, creation) and technical courses (Patternmaking, sewing, molding, drawing). It offers opportunities within the design studios for fashion companies, small and medium-sized brands specializing in bridal and formal wear, and independent couture workshops.

The abilities required to succeed in this field are: passion, patience, precision, team spirit, an intelligent hand, logic, speed and good spatial vision.

It is suitable for all types of audience, even 100% beginners .

It can also be taken up in the2nd year (passerelle) by students who already have a good level in sewing.

This initial two-year course can be completed by the Advanced Diploma in Luxury and Haute Couture , aimed at students wishing to specialize in Haute Couture finishes.

Course organisation

The curriculum includes courses in :

Fashion design: history of fashion and costume, aesthetics and proportions, research techniques and methodologies, knowledge of fabrics.

Patternmaking: flat-cutting, learning the 3 basics – skirt, bodice and pants – and their main modifications, and bust molding.

Sewing: assembly techniques for skirts, dresses, shirts, pants, knits and evening dresses.

Fashion drawing: learning to draw fashion using a freehand technique and to draw on a computer with the Illustrator program.


Students acquire a theoretical grounding in Patternmaking and practice making increasingly complex patterns as the course progresses. The course includes exercises of draping.


Learnings focuses on the notion of creation, inspiration and, more generally, on the development of creative faculties: sense of proportion, volumes, color, documentary research, technical drawing (flats) applied to the world of fashion (flat tints and representation of details + technical sheets) both freehand and on computer. They include apprenticeships in contemporary fashion, textiles, color and more.


This is a complete apprenticeship program in specialized sewing, the aim of which is to teach all the steps involved in assembling the main types of garment in the rules of the art. Teaching is progressive and revolves around the assembly of imposed projects, free projects and technical reference pieces. For the entire curriculum: a first year focusing on skirts, blouses and dresses, and a second year focusing on pants, knitwear and large-volume evening dresses.


The teaching program covers both freehand fashion drawing and computer fashion drawing, in particular with the Illustrator program.


In addition to regular courses in fashion design, patternmaking, sewing and drawing, guest lecturers organize themed workshops on topics such as embroidery, accessories, hats, textile knowledge, molding and more. These workshops combine theory and practice, with students working independently.


Students are also invited to take part in two trips outside Belgium:

  • A trip to Paris to take part in the1er VISION trade show and visit the main fashion museums and institutions: the GALLIERA museum, the Dior gallery and 19M.
  • A trip to Holland to visit the Textile Museum in Tilburg.

Students are responsible for their own travel expenses;


Students are encouraged to take part in company internships. A one-month internship is recommended but not compulsory between the1st and2nd years. A 3-month internship is recommended and compulsory at the end of the course. The diploma is awarded on the basis of assessments made at two juries held in February (before the Carnival school vacations) and at the end of June, and after presentation of an internship report.

Registration fees

The registration fee is :

  • for the first year at 5900 EUROS
  • for the second year at 6400 EUROS.

The registration fee covers administrative costs as well as personal insurance taken out by La Maison de Couture in the event of an accident on school premises.

They are payable in full before the start of the course.

Students who wish to do so can request payment in instalments.

Below are the bank details for the Maison de Couture:

ING : 363 – 0681393 – 08

EBAN: BE63363068139308 – BIC BBRUBEBB

For international payments, the transfer fees are the responsibility of the student.

Bridge to second year

Candidates who have already taken a course in sewing, Patternmaking or can, under certain conditions, be admitted directly to the 2nd year of the diploma. To do this, they have to take part in a test day designed to validate their skill level. Unsuccessful applicants are invited to register for 1st year.


En Belgium, private schlool are not authorized to deliver state diplomas. The diplomas issued by La Maison de Couture are certificates attesting to the student’s success in the subjects taught as part of the program.

Materials and supplies

The school provides students with :

The machines

Cutting paper

She also takes care of the final model shoots.

Advanced diploma in Luxury, Haute Couture and bespoke.

Students who have passed all the required tests in the two-year course can deepen their knowledge by taking part in the Advanced diploma on Luxury, Haute Couture and bespoke. The Advanced diploma on Luxury and Haute Couture is a professional cycle specializing in Haute Couture;

Remainder to be paid by the student

  • Other supplies used to make the models (threads, interlinings, zips, buttons, etc.)
  • Personal sewing and Patternmaking equipment
  • STOCKMAN busts: 1 Stockman mini bust in first year and 1 Stockman size 38 bust in 2nd year (not compulsory but recommended).

Supplies package

Students are required to pay a “technical supplies” fee to cover the cost of fabrics used in the production of models in the training program (including calico), amounting to 500 euros for the first year and 800 euros for the2nd year.

Course location :

Courses are held in Brussels, at 211 Blvd Auguste Reyers, 1030 Brussels.


Registration takes place throughout the year. All courses can also be taken “à la carte”.


Ms Isabelle Cattelat

Tel: 0495777617

Mail: Info@lamaisondecouture.be

Website: www.lamaisondecouture.be

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