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                               ORIGINS OF MY HAUTE COUTURE INSTRUCTION


FROM 2003-2006 PAMELA PTAK worked for Chado Ralph Rucci, the only American fashion designer to present his collections at the Paris Haute Couture under his own name in more than 80 years. Pamela's experiences as a freelance sewer & embellisher for 12 consecutive seasons at this "most celebrated" of American fashion houses has given her the rarest inside knowledge in the fashion industry. Due to her rare understanding & extreme skill at teaching she was invited to develop classes for several Pennsylvania Universities & colleges, including Drexel U in Philly prior to the founding of her own school.

From 2003-2010, Pamela Ptak developed & taught the Couture Graduate Classes in Corseted Evening Wear at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  A highly technical class requiring advanced levels of draping, pattern making, machine and fine hand sewing, the class was available to Drexel University's full time fashion design students only.

Focusing on evening wear with visible corsetry, hidden foundation layers and corselets (some call them French linings), students sketch a collection of garments & create one ensemble in 10 weeks using only haute couture techniques, intense draping, pattern making & couture hand finishing work. Through her draping demos of rare techniques, explanations & demos of complicated sewing samples, students create couture sample books they’ll show to future employers. 

Graduates of this class have gone on to own their own design ateliers, to work for major fashion designers all over the world, to win top prize in major international design competitions, and to become college fashion professors in major American cities. I am very proud of their excellent progress and accomplishments. They have all worked very hard to achieve their high honors. Cool fact: the only two Americans to ever win the top prize at "The Arts of Fashion" competition in Paris were students of Pamela's Drexel University couture graduate class!!





HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENING WEAR


GRADUATE LEVEL MASTER CLASS


Question: Is it difficult dealing with complicated pattern making ideas students think up?

Pamela answers: "I’m actually delighted when students tax my brain!!  Inventing solutions to outrageous problems is my favorite thing! In a single semester I have to guide the design & problem solving for more than a dozen ensembles. They trust me because I'm honest, because I hold them to the same high standards of excellence I expect of myself and because I continue to work on my own fashion collections which they get to see as they work on their own! And they know I’ll never hold back on knowledge. I give them everything I have and I dig for more…including doing research and study in private fashion collections the world over to gain added bits to share with them....this is a life long passion with me!!"


Question: Once you've taken the advanced week or semester class, is there more?

Pamela answers: "I’ve had students who've asked me to design longer courses for them & I was happy to oblige. For the week-long classes, students who live a greater distance away often stay at a hotel. Some have studied weekly with me for several months. It all depends on the student's commitment & dreams. I like to help make dreams come true."



REGISTRATION INFO
Early registration is recommended as classes have limited enrollment. Registration for Scott Hanna's or Pamela Ptak's classes may be accepted on 1st class day or early in the term with permission of the instructor if the class is not full. All other classes & workshops require advanced registration. Registration is accepted through the mail or in person accompanied by a check for cost of class. A registration form can be downloaded on each class page of the website.

TUITION PAYMENT POLICY
Tuition & set kit fees must be paid upon registration. Tuition may be paid in cash (in person only) or by check. Students wishing a receipt must provide a stamped, self addressed envelope with payment. There is a $25 cancellation fee. Refunds will be made for classes cancelled 5 days or more before class starts minus the $25 cancellation fee. There will be no refund made for absences or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. The Arts and Fashion Institute reserves the right to change or substitute instructors or discontinue any class without incurring liability or obligation.

CLASSROOM POLICY
Registered students and the instructor are the only individuals permitted in the classrooms during class time. Other individuals, including family members, friends and students not registered for the scheduled class are not allowed in the rooms unless they have the permission from the school administration & the instructor and are identified with a visitor's guest badge.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POLICY
The Arts and Fashion Institute™ reserves the right to use photographs or video taken during classes and other programs for the promotion of the school & its instructors. Any student, parent or guardian who does not wish to be photographed or have a child photographed must notify the Arts and Fashion Institute upon registration.

LOCATION & PARKING
Classes meet at Pamela's private studios - 595 Summit Lane - Riegelsville, PA 18077
Please park in driveway, not street.
Questions or to register, call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com