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The Anatomy of Couture, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 days
Tallinn, Estonia
The course will provide knowledge and skills that can be used to get closer to the secrets of high fashion. All of the participants in the course will be able to restore a part of dresses brought in by the lecturer.
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The course provides practical and theoretical knowledge of how to restore old clothing – selection of fabrics, stitches and seams, treatment of the material, how different materials age, how to care for and restore different fabrics. In the course of the workshop, students will learn about the internal structure of haute couture clothing, allowing them to later create period-specific silhouettes or re-interpretations of them – pattern solutions for textiles, materials.

The course teaches handicraft skills that have become a rarity, something highly sought-after among professionals. ˇFewer and fewer people practise these skills in a world dominated by modern fashions. Today clothing made 40, 50, even 100 years ago are held in high regard, as they involved the use of original patterns, hand stitching, high-quality tailoring. To this point, the creation of such clothing have remained shrouded in arcane mystery – they seem easy to imitate at first glance but it is impossible to achieve the right effect without knowing what is going on “under the dress.”

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 days
    • Duration description

      6-11 August 

  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes:

  • Knows about the internal structure of haute couture clothing;
  • Knows how to restore old clothing;
  • Demonstrates skills to restore old clothing.


The course is mainly meant for fashion design, theatre design, restoration and design students.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students applying for a slot in this workshop are asked to submit a CV and cover letter describing why they wish to participate and whether they have any old article of clothing to bring with them to Estonia. The cover letter should also reveal why they are interested in restoring textiles and haute couture.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 6 days.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 6 days.
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  • Cost: FREE

Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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