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ON STAFF: France Inaugurates ‘World’s Best Fashion School’

PARIS — France on Tuesday inaugurated what it boldly dubbed “the world’s best fashion school” in a bid to become a magnet for global creative talent, with an academic institution to match its economic status as the worldwide leader in luxury fashion.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire officially launched the new school, born of the long-touted merger of the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) and the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne (ECSCP) — though building on the new premises won’t be completed until 2020.
“I am inaugurating today the best fashion school in the world, because that is what you are destined to become: the best, meaning the one flying the flag for French excellence; the best, meaning the one that draws talents from across the world, from Beijing to Los Angeles or San Francisco,” Le Maire said.
Touting the sector as the global leader in its field, the minister drew a parallel with the tech industry, dubbing French luxury firms “the new GAFA we call KOL: Kering, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton.”
He was speaking at a thronged ceremony at the IFM headquarters inside the Cité de la mode et du design, a striking contemporary building on the banks of

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