The Department of Fashion Design provides instruction in clothes design and associated fields. Historical fashion design and its interpretations in time, innovation and new technologies, mapping the needs of target groups, creating brands, and environmentally aware thinking are only some of the diverse subject that are covered.

The department promotes creative and research work, organises exhibitions, encourages participation in exhibitions and fashion competitions, and cooperates with the fashion industry.

Graduates with BAs in fashion design are qualified as assistants to fashion designers, and graduates with MAs acquire the profession of fashion artist-designer.

  • Fashion artists and designers have been educated in Estonia for more than 70 years, the main strength of the department can be considered to be the continuity of the specialised education.
  • The assignment of the Department of Fashion Design is to provide BA and MA instruction that is internationally recognised, appropriately contemporary, yet directed toward the future. And to provide opportunities for increasing and ensuring the competitiveness of young fashion designers.
  • The continued interest in fashion design is proven by the large number of applicants who annually apply, and also by the constant demand of the fashion industry for new specialised and qualified talent. We all need fashionable new garments.

News and events


Fashion exhibition “Illuminatsion” bring light to the world of shadows

Creative director: Liisi Eesmaa Producer: Piret Puppart Photographer: Riina Varol Model: Äli Kiivet Make-up: Gerda Miller Sound design: Karl Martin Kelder Light solutions: Luigi Heinmaa Editor: Stuart Garlick Graphic design: Johanna Ruukholm The Estonian Academy of Arts’ fashion design department exhibition “Illumination”  is inspired by the unearthly: light and will-o’-the-wisps shed light ...

Open Lecture by Dr. Malcolm Barnard: “Fashion, Messages and Communication”

Thursday 20th September 2018 at 17:30, room A501 In his lecture Dr. Barnard will be outlining the main features of the sender/receiver model of communication as it applies to fashion, explaining what is wrong with it and arguing that messages are not sent or received but rather that meanings are constructed. He will suggest that the existence of this model may be accounted for by examining a ...

The Anatomy of Couture

Dates:  6-11 August 2018 Volume: 6 days, 3 ECTS Location:  Estonian Academy of Arts Number of participants: max 22 Cost: FREE (Please note that this course is meant for higher education students only) Registration deadline:  6th of May 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 ...

ERKI fashion show 2018 finalists announced!

On 26th May the ERKI fashion show will take place for the 31th time. The international jury selected 20 collections for the final fashion show: Andreas Kübar „Restitutio“ Annika Kiidron „It’s A Trap?“ Barbara Vasileva „Hidden tradition“ (Venemaa) Cärol Ott „KÕIK ON TROIS!“ Dita Enikova „Territory“ (Läti) Getter Tiivits „STARGAZER“ Karola Kaugema „Khrushchyovka“ Katrin Aasmaa „VELTA“ Kerttu ...
Photo-mittelmoda Nika Furlani

Birgit Saviauk – young talent of Mittelmoda

Fashion designer Birgit Saviauk has won a special price for the use of technolocial techniques in the well known Italian fashion contest Mittelmoda. The supervisior of the master’s thesis “Experimental surfaces and color changing fibers - knitwear for men” was Prof. Piret Puppart (MA). The 24th International Lab of Mittelmoda- Fashion Award 2017 was designed to give young talents an ...
Anu Rieberg – grand prix in fashion competition “Pecherski KasHtany”

Anu Rieberg – grand prix in fashion competition “Pecherski KasHtany”

“Pecherski Kashtany” is an international competition for young designers of costume. The 17th competition took place in Kiev. Anu Rieberg, who showed her collection “Followed It” won a first place in Pret-A-Porter category. The winner also received an intensive course at the Paris Fashion Studio summer school. The competition organized by the Kyiv National University of ...
Final destination

Final destination

On Thursday, June 8, 2017 graduating fashion designers of Estonian Academy of Arts will meet for one day at ISFAG to present their fashion collections as exhibits, catwalk and performance. 11 designers creations are curatored by Rauno Zubko. Dj Martin Aedla, Abramova and Ketomees are playing the vinyls. The final collections are shown by: EVGENIYA DOLGOPOLOVA, KRISTIINA JEROMANS, FRIDA JÕE, ...
Experimental forms in the KUMU Art Museum

Experimental forms in the KUMU Art Museum

The experimental form exhibition ”Pulss" (Pulse) is exhibited in the pedestrian tunnel of KUMU Art Museum May 20 - June 20, 2017. The core of the exhibition is the play of experimental forms and non-traditional materials in a utopian and fantasy way. The source of the exhibit is red carpet that is known from fashion shows and gala’s. Experimental forms were completed in the master class under ...

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