Discover the trends that are shaping the future of fashion and the skills and people brands need to effectively respond to change.

The Future of Fashion
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Gain expert insider knowledge about the evolution of the fashion industry

Global fashion retail sales are expected to reach $3 trillion by 2030, but for brands to keep up with this growth, they must know how to respond to global trends.

On this three-week course, you’ll learn how the fashion industry continues to evolve and adapt and how this can help us predict the future of fashion.

You’ll explore how the industry works and operates with insights from industry experts and academics from the creators of Vogue, GQ, and WIRED.

You’ll examine an up-to-date overview of the fashion industry to understand where the sector currently stands before learning about the key trends that look set to shape its future.

With an enhanced understanding of the fashion system, you’ll then explore concepts such as Drop Culture, See Now Buy Now, and Direct to Consumer to build your knowledge on customer behaviours.

Learn fashion forecasting from the pros

In an ever-changing and dynamic industry, fashion brands must prepare and adapt for new global trends. Fashion forecasting is imperative for brands who want to successfully respond and plan for change.

You’ll examine the use of short and long-term forecasting as well as prediction insights before practising applying insights to help solve industry problems.

Consider how technology impacts the fashion industry

The acceleration of technological advancement has undoubtedly impacted the fashion industry.

You’ll explore how technology has affected fashion through concepts such as digital fashion shows, before examining how technology could further impact the industry.

Finally, you’ll develop your own ideas and produce creative pieces of work as you put into practice everything you have learned.

What topics will you cover?

  • Global Issues that Affect the Fashion Industry
  • Short & Long Term Forecasting
  • Drop Culture & Current Trends
  • Potential Developments within the Fashion Industry

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Develop an understanding of global issues that affect and are affected by the fashion industry.
  • Explore how the fashion industry works, how the fashion system operates and how it might develop in the future.
  • Develop short and long term forecasting and prediction insights and practise applying insights to industry problems.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to learn more about the future of the fashion industry and key global trends.

This is an introductory course suitable for anyone with an interest in fashion, styling, marketing, and the media.

Who developed the course?

Condé Nast College

The Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design provides students with world-class education both online and in the heart of London. In preparing students for a career in the fashion, media and luxury lifestyle industries, we open the doors to a unique world of excellence and creativity.

About this ExpertTrack

Gain expert insights into the fashion and media industry from Condé Nast and discover how brands evolve to meet consumer demands.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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