Fashion entails a lot more than designing in today’s world. We’ve rounded up a list of five online courses you can take to further your fashion education in various different aspects of the field. Let’s get right into it!
Fashion History For Today, BoF
Online platform the Business of Fashion (BoF) includes an education section along with its news and case study reports on the industry. One of the courses it offers under the section is Fashion History For Today by Fashion Writer and Journalist, Colin McDowell. The course, which comes with a certificate on completion, takes you through various iconic fashion moments throughout history, with each module breaking one down. The modules include Dior and The New Look, Elvis Presley and Rock 'n' Roll, The Swinging Sixties, YSL and Le Smoking and many more. The course is available with the BoF Professional membership which includes other case studies, courses and exclusive articles as well, and is priced at $37 per month. They also have an offer for a $1 free monthly trial.
Fashion Management: Brands, Communication & Distribution, Institut Français de la Mode
One of the most important aspects of fashion business today is effective branding and communication. This course by Institut Français de la Mode, teaches how to build a brand identity, translating it into the consumer experience, as well as effective brand communication. The course spans over four weeks, comes with certification and comes under the platform Future Learn’s $39/month ExpertTrack. You can also take a seven-day free trial initially to make sure the course is something that interests you.
Fashion Trend Forecasting, London College of Fashion
Fashion trend forecasting is one of the most interesting aspects of fashion. Learn all about it with this online short course by UK-based London College of Fashion. The beginners certified course spans over four weeks and is priced at £360. The course helps learners identify a brand's sales model and target customer as well as gain an understanding of how to research trends for the target customer, among other things. Along with certification, the course includes live online lessons with the same tutors, lesson recordings, for review, forums for support and two-week online access.
Fashion As Design, Museum Of Modern Art
Offered on Coursera by the Museum Of Modern Art, this course helps students learn how to appreciate and contextualize fashion design—from everyday clothing to couture garments—learning how to trace the history, development, and impact of garments over time, explore how they may be reinvented, and understanding more about the lifecycle of any piece of clothing, including its design and production to its marketing, distribution, and consumption. The course is free and comes with a certificate on completion.
Fashion Styling and Image Making, BoF
Tutored by Fashion Stylist Lucinda Chambers, this course on BoF is great for anyone looking at fashion styling as a career option. The course teaches you everything from the practicalities of styling to what it means in the digital age, as well as how to build a creative process around styling and shooting fashion.