Fashion Future

In partnership with AMD Akademie Mode & Design

The Seasonal in Fashion Future in partnership with AMD Akademie Mode & Design — kicking off in Berlin and ending in Florence — addresses the uncertainty of the future of fashion through a thoughtful combination of varied topics and speakers; the course covers both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability, trend forecasting and craftsmanship. 

Fashion Future

KEY INFORMATION

  • Level: Seasonal
  • Duration: 1 month
  • Cost:3,900
  • Language: English
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Start:August 17th 2020
End:September 11th 2020

The Seasonal in Fashion Future does not seek to address questions of whether, but rather, how and why. How do we question the future? How do we interpret changes altering the concept of fashion worldwide? How do designers interpret social changes and craft new ethical design and business concepts?
 
During the joint course, students are required to complete a course project, ensuring the enrichment of each participant’s portfolio and CV. The project includes the creation of a unique leather or fiber product (small leather good or textile garment) linked to a social trend. The first two weeks of the course will take place in Berlin, a city mixing old and new, offering a fertile breeding ground for ideas to flourish across the worlds of art, culture, fashion or design. Berlin's fashion cosmos stands for innovation, start-up spirit, trend forecast, fashion technology and sustainability. The following two weeks of the course will take place in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance with unique traditions related to fashion. It is viewed as one of the most active cities in the industry where new trends, charm and history come together. Florence is home to many artisan labs and major designers such as Gucci, Enrico Coveri, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrizia Pepe, Emilio Pucci and many others.
 
The curriculum includes: trend forecasting for the development of a megatrend, the future of textiles, performance textiles, bioengineering, sustainable circular economy in fashion and textiles, bioplastic, startup strategies, sociology of the imaginary, contemporary fashion, textile sciences, craft to business and various extracurricular activities in both cities. The overall aim of this course is to provide knowledge in the area of new technologies, handcraft techniques, trends in fashion and fabrics and start-up business, all while upholding sustainable values.
 
The course also includes: a workshop to explore how raw fish turns into real leather; megatrend sustainability research; personal future vision model research; a seminar on past, current and future innovations in the fashion and textile industries on a technological and economical scale; a workshop on key elements of circular product design including the design of a product of choice and a workshop teaching practical tools, methods and creativity techniques on how to generate ideas, develop prototypes and conduct market tests.
 
Special visits, field trips and activities will take place in both cities, and the Florence component includes: a visit to the Gucci Garden or Ferragamo Museum, a visit to a textile or leather company, an international guest lecture given by a fashion industry expert, the creation of a personal project and an individual interview with a senior teacher from the course to assess your potential and further opportunities to continue in this field of study.
 
Participation in this course is an excellent initial stage of preparation in the fashion business, a course of study that may continue with an academic program such as an Undergraduate in Fashion Business, a Master in Fashion Trend Forecasting or a Master in International Fashion Business.

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