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Fashion And Textile Forecasting

Fashion And Textile Forecasting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Bridget Miles


Forecasting trends is a key part of marketing and design strategies in the fashion and textiles industries. Anticipating where the market will be in future gives the designer an important commercial tool. The course covers forecasting of fashion and textile concepts and introduces you to a working perspective of the fashion industry.

Topics covered

  • You will look at events and information, and through group discussion you will analyse and define trends with improving confidence.
  • You will experiment with visual research and presentation techniques.
  • Individual work projects will be set for you to develop forecast concept boards, which will include personal inspiration and trade research, with fabric, colour and garment direction.

Level: This course aims to teach students of all levels and experience.

Entry requirements: None

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Bridget Miles has much experience of working in the area of forecasting future trends. She has worked in three business sectors: fabric manufacturing, design consultancy and clothing retail.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Notebook/ Sketchbook or some sort of scrap book to collect research and observations
  • Pencil and pen
  • A4 folder for collecting hand-out information throughout the course
  • Any photos, tear-sheets, images and/or written articles that relate to a current trend of interest to you
  • An object or an image that inspires you now
  • A small (passport-size) photograph of yourself
  • As the course progresses you will also need:
  • Photos, tear-sheets and images (such as magazines or your own sources)
  • Collected materials for colour
  • Fabric cuttings (where possible)
  • Card to mount work
  • Folder or portfolio
  • Ruler and set square
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Additional materials may be required to enable the production of your project. This will become evident as your work progresses
  • If you are attending a one week Monday to Friday course you will go out on a visit during your course (within zone 1, the same zone as the college is located in) please bring an Oyster card or Travel card or contact-less payment card (UK banks) to enable you to make the journey easily without having to queue to buy travel tickets.   (See

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