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Ecole Holt Couture School of Couture Sewing and Design

2227 – 20 Avenue SW, Calgary AB

Possible funding to those who qualify*

  • Alberta Student Aid Program
  • Loans
  • Grants
  • Bursaries
  • Scholarships


Programs offered at each campus may vary, so be sure to check other campus offerings for the course you are most interested in.

Creative Arts, Interactive, Sound Programs

  • 2 Year - Full Time Program
    • Principles of Couture Design.
    • Essential competent sewing skills.
    • Textile basics.
    • Technical sketches.
    • Pattern making.
    • Custom fitting.
    • Planning and organizing work tasks and schedules.
    • Assessing, estimating and purchasing for projects.
    • Accurate record keeping.
    • Project portfolio.
  • 2 Year - Full Time Program Note: only available to EHC certificate holders
    • Advanced sewing skills.
    • Illustration - styles and body forms.
    • Complex pattern making techniques.
    • Exploration of materials.
    • Underpinning and structuring methods.
    • Advanced tailoring.
    • Original embellishments.
    • Exploring business options.
    • Developing client relations.
    • Project portfolio

Calgary Campus

Welcome to École Holt Couture; School of Sewing and Design

Private comprehensive school of sewing and fashion design in Calgary, Alberta, dedicated to teaching the fine art of haute couture sewing.

Unique curriculum combining European haute couture techniques and 60 years of professional experience with originality of design, quality fabrics and perfection of fit and finish.

Two year Certificate plus two year Diploma full-time programs offered in this specialized area, luxury niche market, in fashion to those with discerning tastes and creative ambitions.

What does couture mean?

Haute couture is distinction of design and technique that remains an influence more lasting and prestigious than fashion trends.

Remaining a discipline of ultimate imagination and accountable exclusively to its clients. Haute couture is as it began a dream of quality in an era of industry and mass marketing.

Haute couture persists in providing us with the best of the most beautiful clothing that can be envisioned and made in any era.

At the top end of fashion is 'haute couture', a prestigious field in which a designer works on unique creations for exclusive clients.

Haute couture today

Today high end couture houses produce haute couture plus designer 'ready-to-wear' collections which bear their all-important designer logo, much sought after and produced in limited runs and often sold at a high price in specialist boutiques.

'High street fashion' is what most of us wear, with the more fashionable items often based on the latest designer ready-to-wear collections.

Couture is created by the same high standards of Parisian haute couture, designed for one individual, not ever to be reproduced or repeated, using the highest quality fabrics, utilizing the hand skills and expertise of extreme craftsmanship, creating the ultimate in luxury. And this is still being done around the world by expert, mostly anonymous, sometimes secretive artisans for clients concealing their private source of the ultimate in luxury fashion.

*All student funding, whether made available privately or through various government branches, is only approved to those who qualify, by the original source of funding. There are many criteria that each candidate must meet to be approved. Schools can only inform you of what may be available.