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Fashion Management: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Take a look at the future of fashion, focusing on sustainability and entrepreneurship.

439 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Explore the importance of sustainability in fashion

On this final course in this Fashion Management ExpertTrack, you’ll have the opportunity to consider the future of fashion, examining what it means to be entrepreneurial in fashion, and how to create a sustainable fashion business.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to understand issues around sustainability in fashion, describe traceability in the industry, and know the world of fashion tech and startups.

Describe how sustainability affects the business of fashion

You’ll consider the logistics of what it means to create a sustainable fashion business – and understand why it matters to begin with.

Studying real-world examples, you’ll be able to show why sustainability matters for fashion businesses’ bottom lines.

Learn how to apply entrepreneurial skills to fashion

Entrepreneurship is crucial to business success in fashion. On this course, you’ll identify what entrepreneurship looks like in the world of fashion.

You’ll get into the specificities of what fashion entrepreneurship means, as well as study emerging brands and other examples of entrepreneurial spirit in the industry.

Explore what fashion’s future looks like

You’ll also explore how entrepreneurship, fashion tech and sustainability intersect, understanding how each needs to feed into the other in the vision of a forward-thinking fashion brand.

Ultimately, you’ll understand how fashion needs to change to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and complete the course with a rounded understanding of what it takes to manage a fashion brand successfully in the contemporary landscape.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to fashion sustainability

    • What is sustainable fashion?

      How to define sustainable fashion?

    • Demonstrating impact for fashion businesses

      How to measure the social and environmental impacts of a fashion brand?

    • Traceability in fashion

      How to apply the traceability principle in fashion?

    • Test Yourself

      What did you learn this week?

  • Week 2

    Entrepreneurship in the Fashion Sphere

    • The specificities of fashion entrepreneurship

      What is the difference between fashion entrepreneurship and traditional entrepreneurship?

    • Creative entrepreneurship & emerging brands

      What are the new strategies adopted by emerging brands?

    • Entrepreneurship, fashion tech & sustainability

      Rethinking fashion through entrepreneurship

    • General conclusion

      What did you learn this week?

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the issues surrounding sustainability in fashion
  • Explore fashion tech and startups
  • Describe traceability in fashion

Who is the course for?

Whether you’re a business student looking to specialise your skills for work in fashion or you’re a career changer trying to break into the fashion industry, this course will give you a thorough grounding in the fashion business from multiple professional perspectives.

Alongside students and professionals, this course will be beneficial if you’re already working in fashion as a product manager, product developer, designer, collection manager, business developer, or in fashion PR and communications to bring your skills up-to-date and in line with the fashion market today.

What software or tools do you need?

There are no specific entry requirements for this course except for a passion for fashion business and a desire to grow and specialise your business skills as a fashion professional.

You will need a strong grasp of the English language as the course is delivered in English.

Who will you learn with?

I lead the MSc Fashion & Luxury Management degree program at IFM in Paris. I hold a professional and teaching experience in fashion retail and cosmetics, luxury brand management, and fashion marketing

Who developed the course?

Institut Français de la Mode (IFM)

IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) is a higher education institution specialising in the textile, fashion, luxury and design industries, based in Paris, France.

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