Cool Hunting Fashion (Online)

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Fashion trends; what's new, how does it happen, what's it all about? This course introduces you to trend predictions, specifically within fashion. Coolhunting and Fashion Forecasting is an increasingly important area within fashion and crucial to many large companies, small designer/makers and fashion industry in general...

Taught by: Jane Francis.

Description

Fashion trends; what's new, how does it happen, what's it all about? This course introduces you to trend predictions, specifically within fashion. Coolhunting and Fashion Forecasting is an increasingly important area within fashion and crucial to many large companies, small designer/makers and fashion industry in general. If you are eager to learn about the emergence of trends, methodologies and factors influencing global fashion trends this course is a must. You will examine the art and science of trend prediction, participate in trend scouting, examination of trend sources and be introduced to key areas where trend prediction teams seek out the 'new' and 'underground' influences: Art galleries, museums, fashion retailers, vintage clothing, blogs, street markets etc.

The interactive on-line course environment will grow week by week as the tutor provides expert teaching and commentary on the subject in a virtual classroom accessible 24/7, encouraging the students to engage during the lesson and through one-to-one and group critiques of their work and others. A discussion area and a range of easily accessible resources, including recordings of previous lessons, will support the students' learning journey.

Through research, street photography, investigation, reading and field trips - Students will devise and complete a visual Trend Report, which identifies a new emerging global fashion trend. They will learn about trend predictions for fashion and inside information about methodologies used in industry for trend spotting.

Indicative Content:

  • Introduction to Coolhunting, Fashion Trend Predictions and Forecasting
  • Review and examination of contemporary fashion trend sources
  • Research into Coolhunting, sourcing, research methodologies, subject specific text, websites, blogs etc.
  • Field trips to Trend 'Hotspots' ? Fashion retail shops, museums, contemporary art and fashion exhibitions, street markets, vintage / charity shops, etc.
  • Street photography
  • Weekly research tasks
  • On-line group critiques and discussion
  • Individual on-line tutorials
  • Development and presentation of visual and written Trend Report

Course Schedule - 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

1st week
Current Trends

2nd week
Trend Predictions

3rd week
The Street

4th week
Blogging

5th week
Tutorials

6th week
The Street

7th week
The Gallery

8th week
Trend Presentation

*Please note: Schedule may be adjusted to reflect calendar of events and time of year-contemporary exhibitions, fashion week, etc.

Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session.
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/short-courses/short-courses-online/frequently-asked-questions/

Tutor information

Jane Francis is the course leader and a BA and Masters graduate of Fine Art. She has over thirty years of experience in the fashion industry. She founded her own label for womenswear and accessories in the 1980’s, retailing through Liberty, Hyper-Hyper, Harrods, Saks and Patricia Field. She went on to work professionally for Vivienne Westwood for over a decade, focusing on the creation, production and catwalk presentations of her collections specialising in fashion accessories, jewellery and footwear. She has held posts within CSM and UAL as a Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies (Fashion), Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery and Fashion Accessories courses. Now she combines teaching with working as a freelance consultant, stylist and photographer to many international fashion brands and designers, including Ghost, Tank Magazine and TopShop. Jane draws on the experiences gained from working with fine art and the fashion industries, to inform her educational ethos: To encourage forward thinking, innovative and creative approaches to design, through experimental, academic and practical inquiry. You can find her on Instagram.


Materials

  • Camera –(digital SLR cameras or advanced 'compact' digital camera)
  • The ability to upload images from your camera to your computer (e.g. USB cable or SD cards and card reader)
  • Notebook – A4 or A5 size
  • Selection of pens and pencils
  • Access to contemporary fashion magazines
  • Please allow for entrance costs to galleries and museums (you will be encouraged to visit current exhibitions throughout the course)

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
20/10/2016 - 08/12/2016Thursday12:00 - 13:308 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket