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What The CHANEL & Prince’s Foundation Métiers d’art Fellowship includes

  • Expert tuition at Ecole Lesage at Le19M in Paris.
  • Specialist skills training from The Prince’s Foundation tutors at The CHANEL Métiers d’art Training Atelier at Highgrove.
  • The opportunity to develop a unique portfolio, designed to improve your technical dexterity, skill, accuracy and concept development.
  • Garden tours, museum visits and research days, enabling students to take inspiration from the Highgrove Estate, the Royal Collection and the Atelier archives.
  • Opportunities to use innovative or unconventional materials, alongside traditional materials, as part of your concept and outcome development.
  • Access to beautifully appointed studios, free materials and intensive, expert tuition.
  • Opportunities to develop your personal career plan and further refine your portfolio and presentation skills for a career within the fashion industry or as a future artisan.
  • Application of embroidery techniques to a professional level.
  • Mentorships from Directors from Les Maisons d’art at Le19m, Paris.
  • Accommodation onsite at Highgrove for £400 per month*, which includes weekly laundry and cleaning service, all utilities and Wi-Fi.
  • Travel and accommodation for visits to Le19M in Paris.
  • Access to Barley Court Farmhouse kitchen facilities, dining room and lounge.
  • A bursary of £1500 per month towards the cost of living.

*The £400 per month accommodation fee will be deducted from the bursary, excluding the two weeks in Paris


The programme is delivered at The CHANEL Métiers d’art Training Atelier at Highgrove, in a converted 17th century house and farm buildings which sits on the edge of the Highgrove estate.

Located just a mile away from Tetbury and in beautiful Cotswold countryside, it makes for a picturesque location to escape to and focus on your practice.

You can reach Highgrove by rail, the nearest station being Kemble GWR, with trains to London Paddington, Bristol, Bath and connections to the North. If you want to bring your car, there is easy access to both the M4 and the M5 and plenty of parking on site.

Bristol, Gloucester and Bath are all about 40 mins drive away, whilst Birmingham is 2 hours away and London 2 ½ hours away.

Barley Court


Accommodation is available on site and will be charged at £400 per month. The accommodation consists of a single room with an ensuite shower room. Students will have access to cooking facilities in our shared kitchen and there are plenty of options for eating out in Tetbury, which is only a mile away. All bedding and towels are provided and the rooms will be cleaned once a week.


How to Apply

Deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 7 th September 2023 Applicants are required to complete a digital application form and submit a short video and a digital portfolio. You can find the application form here

What to include in your digital portfolio

Your portfolio should include 15 – 20 pages summarising your inspiration and approach, creative process and final projects.

  • Your portfolio should have a clear visual identity.
  • Your portfolio should include examples of your research.
  • We would like to see a combination of work in progress as well as images of final outcomes.
  • Please explain any narratives and recurrent themes in your work.
  • We are interested to see how your work has progressed or evolved – this can be shown through a series of images or drawings. Don’t be afraid to show work that hasn’t been successful if it has helped your work progress.
  • Please annotate your images to explain your concept, the scale in millimetres and the material used.

Please send this to us as a pdf file to  Please ensure your name is in the title of the file and mark your email The Métiers d'art Partnership - Embroidery Fellowship.

What to include in your video

We would also like you to submit a short 2 minute video.

  • Your short video should be an introduction of yourself, your practice and your personality.
  • Your video should be a summary of your application and outline why you are interested in pursuing or developing a career in embroidery and are committed to undertaking an intensive training programme.
  • We would like you to talk through a key piece from your portfolio, reflecting on technical process, design development and creative influences.
  • We would like you to outline areas of technical skill and design that you would like to develop and how you feel this programme could assist with your future career development.
  • We recommend you record your video on a laptop or a phone while sitting at a desk, somewhere well-lit and quiet.
  • Face forward and look into the camera.
  • If you are using notes, try to use these as prompts rather than reading a script.
  • Try to be relaxed and show us your personality.

Please send this to us as an MPEG 4 video file, via We Transfer to  Please ensure your name is in the title of the video and mark your email The Métiers d'art Partnership - Embroidery Fellowship.

Shortlist of candidates

A shortlist of candidates will be selected by a panel of Prince’s Foundation Directors, staff and expert tutors. The shortlist of candidates will be shared with Artistic Directors from Maisons d’art at le19M such as Lesage, Atelier Montex and Lemarié, where candidates will be selected and called to interview. Invitation to interviews will be sent to candidates by 20 September 2023.


Interviews will be in person and take place on the 3 rd , 4 th and 5 th October 2023.

Interviews will take place at The CHANEL Métiers d’art Training Atelier at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. Interviews will be 40 minutes long, with an opportunity for candidates to present their portfolio, take a tour of the site and accommodation and answer a set of questions. At the end of the interview, candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions about the programme.

The interview panel will consist of staff and tutors from the Prince’s Foundation and representatives for the le19M in Paris.