Haute Couture Thrives at Kent State's American Academy in Paris

Kent State senior fashion design student's creations explore unique shapes and materials
A Couture creation by fashion design student Matthew Williams

A post by @kent.fashionschool on Instagram showcased some of the original creations from Matthew Williams, a senior fashion design major from Chicago. He shared his experience studying at Kent State's Paris American Academy in Kent State's School of Fashion, within the university's College of the Arts

A Couture creation by fashion design student Matthew Williams

Williams said, "I chose to study abroad at the American Academy because I was very interested in the Couture techniques they were teaching. I also wanted to immerse myself in another culture and explore it. At Kent, we studied paintings, architecture and monuments that are in Europe, but it is such a different experience when you can actually go and visit the places in real time."

Fashion design student Matthew Williams with models wearing some of his creations

"After studying in Paris for an entire year, I knew I had made the right decision," he said. "It helped prepare me for the collection that I am currently working on and taught me so much that I wouldn't have learned if I did not take the opportunity to study at the Paris American Academy. Such a great experience"

A view of Paris captured by Matthew Williams

All photos courtesy of the Kent State University School of Fashion

About the Paris American Academy Program

At Paris American Academy you will get the chance to study in one of the world’s fashion and design capitals. Students from fashion and interior design will take part in field trips, workshops, lectures and activities that are designed to expand their understanding of the market. In addition, they will complete a full course load and can acquaint themselves with Paris and France. 

This video features Liam Aberle, a Kent State fashion student from Birmingham, Alabama, sharing his experience at Kent State's Paris American Academy. 



POSTED: Thursday, November 30, 2023 02:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:32 AM
Phil B. Soencksen