Find out more about ESMOD
Fashion Design Course.

The world’s first fashion design school with exclusive and patented methods
is now in Malaysia.
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 annivesary in 2011 with a network of 23 schools in 16 countries around the world.

In 2012, ESMOD Kuala Lumpur has set out and finally opened its doors to young aspiring fashion designers.