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Course Introduction

In this video Lisa Mann, Director of Postgraduate, Professional & Online Learning at the Condé Nast College introduces The Ethics and Diversity course
Hello, welcome to the Ethics and Diversity Course. My name is Lisa Mann. I’m the director of postgraduate professional and online programmes here at Condé Nast College. I’ve designed the structure of all our FutureLearn courses and worked with some amazing academic and industry experts to develop unique learning content. Whether this is your first course or you’ve studied with us before, thank you for making us part of your education journey. This course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about the ethics and diversity in the fashion industry.
Providing you with a unique blend of academic and industry expertise, this is an introductory course suited to anyone with an interest in the subject of equality, inclusivity, gaining insights into how fashion brands market their products considerately and communicate their values. So whether you’re a student and entrepreneur or someone who aspires to work in the fashion industry, this course will help to expand your knowledge and provide you with insights into the latest industry developments. To give you a better understanding of what you’ll learn throughout the duration of this course, I wanted to highlight some of the key points that we will focus on. You’ll study, the complexities of communicating fashion ideas and concepts while taking into account ethical and diversity considerations.
Further, you will engage in an exploration of global shifts and demands for a more ethical and diverse fashion industry whilst gaining sites into the future of brand responses to becoming more ethical and diverse. With brands continually needing to adapt to consumer demands and wider global trends, you’ll engage with exclusive content and insights from industry experts such as Ruth Marshall Johnson, a trend specialist and futures consultant, and Louise McCabe, fashion ethics and sustainability expert, to understand how this is achieved. Finally, you’ll develop your own ideas and produce creative pieces of work in response to the course content and produce your own social media concept for Vogue, putting into practice everything you’ve learnt.
The aim of this course is to gain an introductory understanding of the complex nature of ethics and diversity issues in the fashion industry. We aim to develop your independent views and thoughts and help you gain insights into movements and consumer behaviours related to ethics and diversity in fashion communication. The Condé Nast College has unrivalled access to the best and brightest minds in the industry. Including the teams at Vogue, Glamour, GQ and a host of other Condé Nast titles. Good luck with your studies. We look forward to hearing about your course experience and hopefully welcoming you again soon.

Welcome to Ethics & Diversity in Fashion, the second course in our Expert Track, The Future of Fashion and Media.

In this video I provide you with an overview of what to expect from this course.

Along with myself, other members of the course team include:

Louise McCabe: Founder of Flourish CSR, a responsible business advisory agency, with business partner and textiles expert Tara Luckman. Flourish CSR provides sustainability and CSR consultancy services to retailers, fashion brands, NGO’s and public sector organisations across the UK and Europe.

Ruth Marshall-Johnson: An experienced cultural analyst who specialises in connecting the dots between creative business, trend forecasting and innovation practice.

Ben Evans: A writer who worked as Art Coordinator at British Vogue. Prior to working at Vogue, Ben was Condé Nast’s Book Researcher, working predominantly from the Archive at Vogue House. Ben makes regular written contributions to British Vogue and In 2018 Ben co-wrote Vogue On: Dolce & Gabbana with Vogue Italia Contributing Editor Luke Leitch.

To get the most out of this course, we strongly recommend that you engage with the learner community as much as you feel comfortable doing so, in the discussion forums and making full use of the comment areas below each step.

The more you refer to your own experiences and interests, and the more you use the forums and comments to inspire and encourage your fellow learners, the more you will gain from the course.

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