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Fashion Values: Cultures

Use storytelling to contribute to equitable, inclusive and diverse cultures in and through fashion.

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Fashion Values: Cultures

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Reimagine fashion as a powerful medium to explore and amplify cultures.

On this four-week course from London College of Fashion, you’ll learn how to find and tell stories of the ingenuity and creativity of fashion in its many cultural forms.

You’ll hear from a range of global experts and be introduced to an exploration of style-fashion-dress – a system of concepts in the study of fashion first coined by writer and curator Carol Tulloch. You will look at cultural practices that nurture a pluralistic perspective, where fashion has many roles and meanings in everyday lives. Style-fashion-dress will help you to think about fashion’s relationship with sustainability and the potential for storytelling to celebrate fashion’s diversity and think beyond dominant unsustainable, consumption-led fashion models.

You’ll also use elements of design thinking to craft world-relevant skills to understand the big challenges facing the fashion system in a cultural context.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to use storytelling to contribute to equitable, inclusive and diverse cultures in and through fashion. The course acts as a foundation for you to develop visions for the future of fashion that put planetary and human health and wellbeing first, reflecting the diversity of fashion cultures that can and do exist.

Respond to sustainability challenges with London College of Fashion

This course is led by fashion and sustainability experts from Centre for Sustainable Fashion and shares knowledge from world-leading fashion practitioners and researchers.

With over 90,000 learners on our FutureLearn courses to date, you’ll gain valuable insights from fellow fashion and sustainability changemakers worldwide.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Style

    • Introductions

      Welcome to the course! This set of steps will give you an idea of how the course works and what you will cover over the next four weeks.

    • Love Fashion, Hate Fashion

      In this section we will get acquainted with the topics covered throughout the course.

    • Introducing Style-Fashion-Dress

      In this section we are introduced to the style-fashion-dress concept, the distinction between each of these terms and their relationship to each other.

    • Style

      In this section we will explore and celebrate how we express ourselves through style.

    • Design Thinking

      In this section we will be introduced to the Design Thinking Challenge. We will use the framing of fashion and cultures to craft world-relevant skills to help us understand the big challenges facing the fashion system.

    • Summing Up and Looking to Next Week

      Reflect on what you have learned so far in Fashion Values: Cultures.

  • Week 2

    Dress

    • Introductions

      This week we will explore the concept of dress in more detail.

    • The Body and Dress

      In this section we will consider the clothes we use to adorn ourselves and the relationship between dress and our bodies.

    • Materiality of Clothes

      In this section we will reflect on how our clothes are constructed, the materials they are made of and how we can care for these clothes.

    • Design Thinking

      In this section we will look more closely at storytelling. This will include our intentions in relation to stories, as well as the psychology of story.

    • Summing Up and Looking to Next Week

      Reflect on what you have learned so far in Fashion Values: Cultures.

  • Week 3

    Fashion

    • Introductions

      This week we will focus on the concept of fashion. The intention is not to attempt to define fashion, but to expand our thinking about what fashion is and can be.

    • Fashion as Change

      In this section we will be thinking of fashion as change, to give us a framework to explore how and why certain clothes or styles become fashionable in different times and places.

    • Power Relations and Fashion

      In this set of steps we will consider power relations that create ideas of fashion, acknowledge that style and dress all over the world change, and recognise that multiple influences transform fashion.

    • Design Thinking

      In this section we will stimulate our thinking so that we can be creative in our response to the sustainability challenges presented by fashion, in and through storytelling.

    • Summing Up and Looking to Next Week

      Reflect on what you have learned so far in Fashion Values: Cultures.

  • Week 4

    Stories that contribute to equitable, inclusive and diverse cultures in and through fashion

    • Introductions

      Welcome to week 4!

    • Revisiting Style-Fashion-Dress

      We will begin by revisiting and reflecting on Carol Tulloch's style-fashion-dress conceptual idea. The use of this model allows us to consider the multiplicity of cultures and clothing.

    • Design Thinking

      This week is about pulling together the stories and storytelling skills we have been developing through the course. These are important practices that we can develop to enable the change that we want to see in and through fashion.

    • End of Course

      Congratulations! You have made it to the end of Fashion Values: Cultures.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore and celebrate how we express ourselves through clothes every day and the relationship between style and sustainability.
  • Investigate the sustainability implications of the physical properties of clothes, the way they are made and the relationship between clothes and our bodies.
  • Engage with changing styles and dress and how these emerge through time.
  • Develop, tell and reflect upon stories that contribute to equitable, inclusive and diverse cultures in and through fashion.

Who is the course for?

This course will empower learners with the tools to address challenges relating to fashion today.

This includes students, sustainability professionals, fashion and business professionals, educators, designers, strategists, and communicators.

Who will you learn with?

Professor Dilys Williams FRSA is Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts Research Centre based at London College of Fashion.

Head of Education (Sustainability) at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion

Education Project Coordinator at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion

Who developed the course?

London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion, UAL is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion.

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