IFM is a higher education institution offering a broad range of expertise: postgraduate academic programs, executive education, and research in areas such as textile, fashion, luxury and design.
Ranked number 1 fashion school worldwide in 2017 by the Business of Fashion (Graduate ranking), IFM welcomes 200 students and 2,000 executives each year. Founded in 1986 by professionals from the industry and supported by the French Ministry of Industry, IFM maintains close ties with businesses, including its Circle of corporate partners which counts 15 of the most prestigious fashion and luxury brands.
Academic and market research are also important assets of IFM, offering numerous publications in social and human sciences applied to fashion and design. IFM also provides professional guidelines for decoding the profound economic and structural changes in the sector in terms of product strategy, consumer behavior and retail strategies.
In 2016, IFM announced a strategic alliance with Ecole de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne, an institution founded in 1927 and praised for the excellence of its teaching, combining creativity and technical savoir-faire. A new school is due to be launched early 2019 as a result of this alliance.