Alexis Lavigne, inventor of the mannequin and the supple measuring tape, founded ESMOD in 1841. It is the world’s first fashion school and the birthplace of several patented design methods.
Ibu Hartini Hartarto brought ESMOD to Jakarta in 1996, having observed the skill and fashion interest in the youth of Indonesia. By launching ESMOD Jakarta she opened an avenue to professional fashion education and an opportunity to compete in the global market.
ESMOD is now the worldwide fashion education leader, present in 15 countries worldwide, with 23 different schools.
ESMOD JAKARTA’S DNA
We uphold the rigorous professional standard that is set by ESMOD throughout all its locations across the world. And we encourage young designers to adapt it to the rich cultural heritage of Indonesian culture, by using techniques to preserve and innovate traditional costumes and textile prints.
ESMOD Jakarta places fashion in a wider context. That’s why we focus on both fashion and business, preparing both the future trend-defining fashion designers as the future fashion entrepreneurs. In our fashion design programs we divide time equally between design and pattern drafting (Stylisme & Modelisme), and provide you with the skills needed to bring a collection from start to end.
ESMOD Jakarta actively connects students with key players in the fashion industry through participation in numerous fashion events like fashion shows and competitions. One highlight is the annual ESMOD Jakarta Fashion Festival in which the talents of our alumni and students are showcased through a 3-day extravaganza of fashion shows, workshops and seminars.
ESMOD Jakarta itself also organizes several fashion design competitions for anyone interested in fashion design to demonstrate their talents. One of which is the annual ESMOD Jakarta Fashion Design Challenge, in which high school students compete for a scholarship to one of ESMOD Jakarta’s programs.
Having a heritage of more than 170 years in fashion education enables us to offer you the very best in patented teaching methods and materials. ESMOD Jakarta keeps close connection with ESMOD International, specifically Paris, to constantly innovate and provide you with an education that’s up to international standards.
Our teachers are a mix of international and national talents. A number of our teachers either come from abroad or have studied there. Almost all have worked in the fashion industry, earning their marks with famous brands or designers or having established respected businesses of their own.
Academic Program Manager
Patrice is a firm believer in innovation for improvement and always in search of new challenges for his unquenchable thirst for new concepts in fashion. He graduated from ESMOD Paris and after having worked with several renowned French designers, continued his career path as ESMOD Jakarta’s academic program manager for the past 13 years.
Fashion Design Teacher
Has competed successfully in Femina’s Lomba Perancang Mode and worked for Ari Seputra and Allan Brooke. Currently combines being a fashion design teacher at ESMOD Jakarta with developing her own brand.
Fashion Design Coordinator
Prior to his career in education, Gium has worked for the Yves Saint Laurent couture studio, the menswear division in Hermes and Maison Martin Margiela. Following his passion for travel Gium has worked in Vietnam, Korea and since 2010 has based himself in Indonesia as fashion design coordinator for ESMOD Jakarta.
- Library containing thousands of art and fashion books for reference
- Computer aided design room with digitalization tables and plotters
- Fashion laboratories for life drawing, textile creation and batik and hand printing
- Sewing lab for product realization
- Fourchet café
As ESMOD Jakarta also provides short courses and workshops next to its programs, our students vary in age, culture, making it a very diverse and interesting place to study and meet other people. Of course their passion for fashion binds them together.
SENATE is ESMOD Jakarta’s student organization. They organize social events to help new students get acclimatized to their new school and to make sure everybody feels a part of the big ESMOD family. SENATE also actively participates in big events, such as the annual ESMOD Jakarta Fashion Festival and St Catherine’s Day event. A great way for students to learn how fashion shows are run and a chance to brush up on their organizational skills.
Third year student in Fashion Design and Creation
“What attracted me to ESMOD Jakarta is studying at a school that's part of a global organization. Study materials have been tried and tested across the world and offer me a top class education."
Third year student in Fashion Design and Creation
"Our teachers are very supportive and guide us in all our challenges. But more importantly they changed the way we approach these challenges and help us to see things from a different point of view."
First year student in Fashion Design and Creation
"It's fun to study at ESMOD Jakarta because there are so many others with the same interests as you. It really feels like being part of a big family."
Worked for noted local designer Biyan before launching his own namesake brand in Antwerp, Belgium. He is known for his sculptural accessories, which have been featured by famous brands and designers such as Christian Dior Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen and Juun J.
President of the Jember Fashion Carnival and winner of several awards and achievements. The most recent one was at the 2015 Miss Universe event, where his costume won the Best National Costume award.
At just 22 years old already a pioneer in fashion. Credited with turning the typical shapeless subdued-toned Islamic headwear into a style item.