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University of Leeds

Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


This course introduces a case study showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable.

You will see how M&S continues to drive innovation to bring consumers new and better products. You will also consider your own clothing and its innovation story, research how a favourite item of clothing is the result of innovative developments in the industry and share your findings with other learners.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.


  • Exploring fashion innovation
    • Welcome
    • Thinking about fashion innovation
    • Case study: incremental innovation at M&S
    • Summary
  • A fashion story
    • About Week 2
    • Innovation in action
    • Your turn
    • Summary

Taught by

Dan Trowsdale


4.5 rating, based on 44 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 59 ratings

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    De acordo com todos os conteúdos passados para nos cursando foi bem realizado e de suma importância.
  • Bethany Ellis
    The course had a mix of elements and only very briefly touched on certain areas it is useful if you have a very basic interest and just want to get a feel for some elements of the topic but be aware it has very little in-depth information
  • Anonymous
    I found this easy to follow and learned loads about; innovation, the fashion industry and sustainability. I particularly liked the video with the M&S Sustainability Director.

    Creating a video was an unexpected but actually okay ending to this short course.

    I would recommend it, it is a good taster of what's on offer at Leeds University.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course gave me an insight into how the fashion industry has developed over time and worked its way through tricky situations, but mostly it has been very interesting to learn different info that I never knew. The 'mini quizzes' on the course he…
  • Ashrafe Mahmud Prova
    Interesting introduction course. I am encouraged by the enthusiasm in the comments and hope they succeed in what is a very competitive career.
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    Salome Kilanava
    Through the course I could see how M&S continues to drive innovation in order to provide customers with new and improved products.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I joined this course because of the lock down and I have enjoyed it very very much!
    I enjoyed learning from the tutors and from the M&S professionals, and was amazed at how much I enjoyed doing the research into products and manufacturing. I learnt how to make a video of my findings, but sadly, not how to load it up to this site.
    Some mention that it was too easy. You can put as much into it as you want, and you can research as far into the subject as you like. A short course like this opens our eyes to how much more there is to find out! I am long since retired, but study wil be my new hobby. Many thanks Leeds University and M&S.
  • Anonymous
    I joined this course as I was interested to discover its content; I wanted to find out how it had moved on in the sixty years when I started out with similar dreams. Then girls were restricted in the paths they could take. Fortunately, times have…
  • Anonymous
    The course material and content was great.
    Great course address’s innovation in fashion Industry . Th learning method used is great . I would like to see more courses content about fashion in business and business in fashion courses please.
  • Anonymous
    Superb learning with interesting videos, theory and innovations. Loved the M&S Sustainability Director”s passion. Was surprised to be asked to create a video of learning but it was fun. I liked how the course was delivered in two weeks but remember there are articles to read and videos to watch. I made extra time because I was enjoying the topic. I feel more confident to convey information to the young people I work with about sustainability in the fashion industry. I would recommend this free learning and the courses at University of Leeds sound great. Everyone is kind and supportive in the comments too.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoy this course. An eyes-opener to the fashion world and its innovation along the way that contributes to sustainability. Insightful module and useful references. Great course!
    Thank you.
  • Oluwatosin Bukunmi Rotimi
    Course was well delivered. Dr. Mark Sumner delivered with so much insight. This had made me register for one of Leed's MSc. Courses. It's a 2-hour course but lifelong experience and impact.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was too simple and easy. Maybe it is suitable for someone who would like to start studying fashion from scratch, but it's still pretty pointless
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good videos and articles explored the topic in depth. It doesn't give you any new skills, but it's interesting knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    Being someone who's about to take Fashion in college but couldn't because of the pandemic, this is helpful with its insights mostly on the innovation of fabrics and textiles and also knowing how it was being tackled with a known and popular brand and how they innovate.

    I enjoyed and learned a lot for someone who's just starting. I just hoped it maybe tackles more not only about fabrics though but overall, I still got to learn how important it is in the fashion industry. Thanks a lot!
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    Amy Mor

    Amy Mor completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It was easy to take the curse with no previous knowledge of the subject. I also felt confortable with the level of english since it its no my language.
  • Anonymous
    It's a truly insightful course and has taught me how the fashion industry works .... It gave me an idea how garment technologists think and their impact on the garment and retail industry.... And to begin with Marks and Spencer is the appropriate industry to site and an example for the topic as it has been in the fashion market for such a long time and has had its own share of impacts on the Industry.
  • Anonymous
    A very interesting course that explains innovation within commercial retailers for textiles, using a case study of Marks & Spencer (M&S) as its core subject, in order to bring across the innovations from the 1950s to present day, and how these have changed over the decades to bring along what the consumers need.
  • Anonymous
    I'm glad I attended this course. And I learned about the development of fashion. I think it's very simple with videos. It helped a lot that there were separate descriptions as well. Thank you for the opportunity. And I can only recommend it to everyone. Great time and development.
  • Anonymous
    Its is very great to see how much leed providing and encourging student to show thier interest to things. From which they can judge their abilities toward different fields and providing such a good plat from is very necessary for the student now a days.

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