Sustainable Fashion

From a lifestyle to your style of business
Mentorship by Lola Young

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Sustainable Fashion is an up-to-date program designed to shape Sustainability Specialists, Circular Economy Managers and Fashion Diversity Managers.

Systems thinking, ethical fashion, circular business models and standards, eco-design, diversity and inclusion are the latest fashion buzzwords shining a light on some of the most critical themes of the contemporary worldwide agenda and are becoming increasingly accepted goals by fashion brands, luxury suppliers and non-profits. 

These key figures are responsible for innovative materials research, upcycling, recycling, traceability, reporting, transparency, community engagement, environmental health as well as the quality of fashion products and everyday life.

The Master in Sustainable Fashion is composed of three main in-depth study areas. Brand Management & Fashion Sustainability includes fashion sociology, cultural anthropology, sustainable fashion business models, sustainable design strategies, cause-related marketing, corporate social responsibility and fashion leadership. Sustainable Production incorporates new materials, production technologies, value chain management, suppliers and innovative textiles. Lastly, Global Economy encompasses ecological economics, new trends, transparent corporate communications, digital transformation, future consumer lifestyles, diversity & inclusion management, global market ethics, sustainable businesses and start-ups.

This program is taught by resident teachers from the industry with the direct involvement of international professionals. International guest lectures and two field trips to production sites are part of the program. Throughout the 9-month course of study, students will work on two main projects, a Mid-term Project and a Final Project, forming part of the portfolio they can use when applying for internship and job opportunities.

Lessons take place from April to December and amount to a total of 700 contact hours. Thereafter, there is the possibility of completing the course with an internship in a fashion company, leading to the overall obtainment of 80 credits. English language proficiency and attendance are required. Candidates are eligible and selected after the admission process.

Upon completion of the Master, students will be automatically given the possibility to partake in the Polimoda Talent program.

Study Plan

The areas of Brand Management & Fashion Sustainability, Sustainable Production and Global Economy take concrete form in the following modules:

Brand Management & Fashion Sustainability
Fashion Sociology & Cultural Anthropology, Fashion Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Fashion Business Models, Fashion Marketing & Communications, Digital PR & Events, Social Media Marketing for Fashion.

Global Economy
Fashion Future, Global Marketing, Corporate Governance, Risk Management & Exit Strategies, Company Culture, Presentation Techniques, Diversity Management, Global Economy, Fashion Start-up, Fashion Business Law.

Sustainable Production
Fashion Operations – Logistics & Pipeline, Craft to Business, Textile Science & New Materials, Production Planning, International Supply Chain, Product Management.

 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the master course, students will be able to:

  • Manage sustainability issues with fashion brands and major stakeholders
  • Promote environmental and social responsibility and inclusive company culture within the fashion, luxury, leather and textile industry
  • Design proper organizational structure and operation procedures to improve sustainability performance
  • Successfully create an ethical and inclusive cause-related omnichannel marketing and communications plan
  • Develop sustainable solutions in every step of the fashion product life cycle

Career Opportunities

Coupled with the passion and desire to change the status quo, Sustainable Fashion opens the doors to job roles such as Sustainability Specialists, Circular Economy Managers, Diversity Managers, Ethical Trade Managers, Sustainable Business Managers, Supply Chain Directors, Corporate Social Responsibility Managers, Social Activists and Fashion Writers.

Mentor

Lola Young
Member of the House of Lord and Activist
After an extensive acting career, Lola Young went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic. She subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority before being appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. Baroness Young founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights and has previously served on Select Committees on Sexual Violence in Conflict and on EU. As Chair of the Young Review, and Agenda: the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, she has addressed racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and the vulnerability of traumatised women and girls respectively. Baroness Young holds several honorary doctorates, has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations and charities, has been a Chair of judges for the Orange Prize for Literature, The Observer newspaper Ethical Awards and the Man Booker prize 2017. She is now focused on strengthening legislation that addresses modern forms of slavery in supply chains, with a focus on fashion and sport.

Cover: Maximiliane Werkle captured by Kristinn Kis

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