Study Luneville embroidery in France
I receive many questions about the logistics involved into coming to France to study the Luneville embroidery technique I decided to write this article to lighten the main questions I receive.
Which are the schools in France we can learn this technique from?
The art of hand embroidery is one of the careers that are part of the National heritage in the prestigious list of French métiers d'Art recognized by the french National Culture Ministry.
The national education ministry has stablished 2 main National Diplomas which are:
CAP Broderie d'Art "speciality hand embroidery" and is followed by the diploma BMA hand embroidery.
There are governmental schools to study hand embroidery professionally in France, if you are a permanent resident in the French territory owning a “carte de séjour” mentioning that you are allowed to study in France then these 2 to 4 year formation on hand embroidery can suit you offering at the end the diploma “Certificat d’aptitude professionnelle” specialization hand embroidery (2years) , and can be followed by the BMA diploma (Brevet des métiers d’Art) in hand embroidery (2years).
The schools that prepare to these 2 diplomas in the Paris area for this option are:
- Lycée Octave Feuillet
- LEP Jules Verne - Sartrouville (78)
If you do not have a student visa or a permanent residence in the French territory, you cannot apply to obtain these 2 diplomas, But no worries ! There are solutions ! there are private schools that prepare students to the practice giving you highly recognized appreciation in the fashion and embroidery industry. From beginner to expertize here are the main french private schools that offer beginner or professional formation:
- Ecole LESAGE, Paris
- Ateliers Darolti, Paris
- Ecole de Broderie Pascal Jaouen, Bretagne, (north west of France)
- Conservatoire de broderies de Lunéville, in Lunéville (north east of France)
Under certain conditions the "Conservatoire de broderies de Lunéville" (Lunéville embroidery school) can take students to the preparing of the CAP, but as it is a normalized diploma I think is only open to french citizen. However they also offer Haute couture embroidery courses open to everyone.
These 4 schools I just mentioned are all of them private schools for adults and have the habitude to receive foreign students from all over the world. They all propose beginners to advance courses. However only Lesage proposes multilingual training, the rest of the schools speak only french.
The choice of the school will pretty much depend on 2 things : your budget and also in the techniques you may want to learn. Each school has a speciality, they may be recognized by a specific group of techniques even though, many will be common.
In this article I will focus on the Ecole Lesage being the only one multilingual :
The very prestigious Ecole Lesage belongs to CHANEL and is the most famous Haute Couture embroidery school around the world. This makes this school a privileged place offering multilingual education (French, English, German).
The school proposes different trainings, going from discovery packs to more advanced trainings. Here the Haute Couture embroidery pack options:
From 1992 until 2005 only one serie of 8 courses existed. Since 2006, the school added a new series of 8 courses to adapt to the modern techniques used in ateliers nowadays.
To know what serie matches your profile, you have to contact the school, they will give you a personalized advice taking in count your personal experience, and your personal skills. They will guide you to what would be better for you. Remember each person is different and has different needs !
Many people ask me, "can we choose which level to take randomly?" the answer is no, you may be able to choose if you want to take the ancient series of 8 or the new series of 8 after talking with the school but you cannot choose at random.
For example someone who would be wanting to take the level 6 has to take the 5 previous levels first. You cannot skip any previous level unless you did the Professional Training (see the paragraph below). In the other hand, you can stop at any level as they are payed individually.
What's the difference in between the 2 series of 8 the old and the new?
From what I have been told the old ones have less work at home than the new ones, and the old ones do not include how to embroider on tulle fabric which is one of the most used techniques in haute couture nowadays. The rest of the techniques are quite the same in the 2 series just spread differently in the levels. A little tableau to illustrate the main differences I can see:
For the moment this is what I see, there might be some little more but these are those that seem important.
The Professional Training 150h:
This level is apart from the series. It can be taken alone or combined with other levels.
The professional training is very intense work, meanwhile the other single levels will take in average 30 hours at school this one is 150 hours ! So take it in count that when you plan to come for this one, you will have to take a minimum of 5 months to complete it (is an average). And when I say 5 months is you only do this, no extra time, no hangouts only this!
For any level you have to count in average 3 times the time indicated. 150 hours will easily become 450 hours when you take in count the work at home.
Because of that, this level is suitable for adventurous or experienced embroiderers (even though is open to anyone).
It is rich on techniques, it covers up all the main techniques of the levels 1 to 6 of the old series or from the Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the new ones. This is the reason why after taking the professional training you can start from 7 the old series or from level 5 the new series.
This level has a reason, if you work already in an atelier in France, this level is the only one delivering the CQP embroiderer certificate which stands for "Certificat de qualification professionnelle brodeur d'atelier" in collaboration with the national commission for employment and the Professional branch of Couture. Which makes of this training a very special one for professional embroiderers working in France.
None of the other levels provides that specific certificate and not because you make this one will give you that certificate either, it is given under very strict legal conditions.
I am preparing for the CAP embroidery diploma in France so when I started with Lesage school I already had 1 year of studies on haute couture techniques. I started at the Lunéville school in Luneville followed by Ateliers Darolti in Paris. So during the individual appointment I had with the school we decided that I would take the Professional Level and they gave me the choice to continue with the levels including tulle because I already acquired the other techniques.
When finishing the Professional level, I continued from level 5 the 1950's for the tulle work until the 2000's that I start end of july.
Voilà Hoping this article was helpful ! Don't hesitate to comment and ask the questions I didn't answer I am always happy to help.