Overview


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.
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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, ...
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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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On the 17th of May Teletorns panoramic floor will open a new exhibition called “Kittel ja põll”. The display will return us to Soviet Union. Already the third exhibition of Estonian Academy of Arts fashion department, but this time the clothing of a socialist time housewife will gain the limelight.  “In fashion history, the most prominent themes are haute couture or avant garde. But what ...
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On 5 May, the first retrospective exhibition on the history of the ERKI Fashion Show will open in the Tallinn Department Store’s display cases lining Estonia pst. The exhibition presents the most fascinating part of the items that have graced the runway over the last 30 years. A TV screen displays 24 hours’ worth of unforgettable footage.  The exhibition design team include EAA students ...
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Master’s degree students in the EAA fashion and textile design programme have followed the development and applications of smart textiles with interest. They gained a better understanding of the interactive potential of inspiring analogue devices by studying the nature and inner life of technology and designing with their own hands functional smart materials and articles of clothing. They ...
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The clothing collection “The Art Club”, presented at Defitsiit fashion centre on 15 March 2017, evoked youth, art and freedom. In the Wear-Arts collection, which fuses fashion and the art world, clothing fashion met the works of Estonian artists who inspired the students (Jüri Arrak, Maarit Murka, Leonhard Lapin and others).The core idea of the fashion collection was to bring art closer to ...
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A grand costume spectacular called DragRace was performed at NO99 Theatre on 4 and 5 February 2017: The director was Jüri Nael, head stylist was Gerly Tinn and photographer was Toomas Volkmann. The performance took place in collaboration with NO99, the Academy of Music and Theatre Drama School, EAA and Grimmikool.Under the experienced hand of Gerly Tinn, more than a dozen drag queens were ...
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Elisabetta Silvestri, who is on track for a bachelor’s degree in the EAA Department of Fashion Design, is an exchange student from Italy. A hard-working student who has adapted surprisingly well, she has stood out for her distinctive ideas and means of expression. In 2016, her ERKI Fashion Show collection wowed the public. Elisabetta is the first student studying in the fashion department ...
Loomehäkk 2017
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The keywords of Creative Hack, held for the third time on 27-29 January, were innovation and entertainment. The focus was on music, film, motion pictures, fashion, games, performing arts and cultural heritage. In 48 hours, over 100 designers, programmers, business developers and creatives developed unique digital solutions at the Baltic Film and Media School.The top three teams included a ...
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During the 2016/2017 autumn semester, the third-year BA elective “Fashion as Art” was supervised by a pair of internationally acclaimed conceptualists who founded the fashion brand MAREUNROLS, Rolands Peterkops and Marite Mastina from Riga. The subject, which delved into the stories, impulses and sources of inspiration behind the completion of artistic projects, culminated in an exhibition at ...
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5 September to 9 December 2016 Second-year students in the fashion and textile design speciality put themselves to the test in cooperation with a company In knitting lessons, students developed a product series using natural South American alpaca yarns, of which Wile Alpaca brand reps chose five models for production (women’s dress, tunic and sweater; men’s sweater and pullover). Samples, ...
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MINIMALISM, an exhibition by four young EAA fashion students, was opened at the Creative Hub in cooperation between Tallinn Fashion Week and ERKI Fashion Show. It ran from 19-22 October 2016. On display were the collections that appeared at ERKI Fashion Show 2016: Mariliis Niine “LEgGOdt” (winner of ERKI Moeshow in 2016), Anni Kivisto “Amazigh”, Elisabetta Silvestri “The Year of Monkey” ...
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On 7 September, “Made in Vietnam”, an exhibition of accessories made as individual work during a student programme, was opened in the display windows of Tallinn Department Store. Students received ideas from a symbiosis of local traditional knowledge from Estonia. The supervisor was Xenia Joost, a fashion designer who lives and works in Vietnam. Based in the small town of Hoi An for a couple ...
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Master’s degree students in the specialities of textile, fashion and leather design had an opportunity from 5-16 September to take part in an interdisciplinary, experimental elective titled Material Inspiration: 3D & Surface Design (3 ECTS credits), supervised by Paula Gamble-Schwarz from the UK’s Loughborough University (School of the Arts, English and Drama). The workshop culminated in the ...
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Second year for fashion students is starting with a traditional summer camp with Anu Raud at Heimtal Museum. Students will have five days of being immersed in ETNO themes while staying in old village houses and exploring Anu Raud’s collections. Traditional items by the drawerful and cabinetful, the excitement of discovery, legendary storytelling evenings hosted by Anu, days of sun and ...
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The best print ad in June was one for the EAA fashion students’ experimental form exhibition, “Unworldly”. The visual element was based on both the exhibition concept and the location. The designer, graphic design student Johanna Ruukholm, made a visual reference to the structural, ethereal forms of the works on display at the Tallinn TV Tower. The jury representative Kerstin Raidma said the ...
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On 10 May, experimental forms designed by students in the fashion design speciality will appear at “sky level” at the Tallinn TV Tower. They took shape in a course supervised by fashion designer Liisi Eesmaa from materials supplied by the company Pipelife. In a post-apocalyptic exhibition called “Unworldly”, experimental materials meet dark fantasies, bellicose forms, cyberpunk and a yearning ...
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An ethno-fashion show for Estonian Academy of Arts fashion students is taking place in Jõhvi Concert Hall’s glass gallery on 7 May as part of an international ballet festival. The performance is being led by Piret Puppart. The spectacle is inspired by Estonia’s national heritage, and it offers a modern whirlwind take on the rich ethnography storehouse. The choreographers have brought in ...
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Estonian Academy of Arts fashion students were victorious at the Habitus Baltija 2016 fashion show held in Riga on 7-8 April. Third-year student Mariliis Niine’s collection “LegGOdt” won the award for best young designer. An invitation to participate in the IED Barcelona Summer School and a monetary prize for the competition were also awarded.  The EAA beat eight ...