Welcome to the course

Welcome to the second course in the Innovation series. In this course, you will consider the innovations in the fashion industry.

This course is just one of a series designed by the University of Leeds for school-based learners and their teachers. As this is an open course, other learners are also welcome; as you will have seen from the welcome area, there is a diverse cohort signed up. However, it is important to recognise that this course, and the content and activities within it, has been specifically designed to help those studying at school or college make the transition to studying at university or the work place.

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In this first week you’ll consider and discuss with your fellow learners what innovations have influenced the fashion industry. A case study will then be introduced, showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable. You will see how M&S continues to drive innovation to bring consumers new and better products.

In Week two, you’ll have the opportunity to consider the innovation story of an item of clothing you own. You will produce and share your research and findings on how a favourite item of your clothing has benefited from innovative developments in the industry.

It is anticipated that it will take around two hours to complete the tasks during the week. This includes:

  • watching videos
  • joining discussions
  • reading articles
  • completing exercises.

If you have more time, we have also provided some links to additional reading and resources.

Have your say:

Please use the comments to share your reasons for joining this course. Let us know where you are from; this course is open to learners world-wide.

Take some time to read the posts from other learners. If you come across someone with similar interests to you, you may choose to Follow them; you can then filter the discussions to only view the comments from those you are following. This can help to make discussions easier to manage.

If you are mentioning the course on social media, remember to tag comments with #FLfashioninnovations. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook where you can find the latest news and updates about all our online courses.

Next steps

Before moving on, we would like to extend our thanks to the staff from the M&S Company Archive and Head Office, who have been instrumental in helping to design and develop this course. Please note that these course materials and videos were first prepared in 2014.

When you are ready to move on, select Mark as complete. You can monitor your progress through the course by selecting Progress at the top of the page.

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Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds