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Online Course

Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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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.

Taught by

Dan Trowsdale

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Reviews

4.2 rating, based on 29 reviews

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  • 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 helped...
  • 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 moved...
  • 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.
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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

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is an easy introduction to innovation in the fashion industry but many of the ideas and guidance apply to almost any manufactured item from cars to computers. I found the insights into design and innovation fascinating. Now we are all becoming...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Week 1 was really informative and it was really interesting about how M&S we’re developing the iconic suit and working with stitching that could break up. My own issue with this course was that the information was outdated 2014 research and the M&S heritage...
  • Anonymous
    Even though I have no background in fashion, I really enjoyed the course. There was a lot of interesting information about innovation which I never knew about before. It was a real eye-opener into the world of innovation and fashion and it has sparked an interest in me which I would definitely like to pursue further. My only gripe would be that it was a little bit short! I would have loved if it was just a little longer and a bit more challenging. Nevertheless, I would fully recommend this course to anyone interested in innovation, and of any age group! It seems to be mainly aimed at secondary school and university students, but I´m 45 and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
  • 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.
    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.
    Good videos and articles explored the topic in depth. It doesn't give you any new skills, but it's interesting knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course gives very good insight into the development and marketing of new ideas in fashion technology.

    It would be good if it were expanded into a longer course with more production techniques shown.

    I'm kind of hoping someone might comment on my small project: nothing yet, but I only put it up last night. There were only a few people taking this course as it is really just a 'taster'.

    There were some very useful insights though, which I will take into account as I hopefully develop a weaving/textiles business.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    this has been a really wonderful and i have really enjoyed learning about fashion ideas that have been coming up in the years before till date. this course has also help bring out my inner fashion skills through the different research we did on the some of our own clothing. i also got to learn from others and shared my fashion opinions with other people which has made me even better at the fashion game. it has really been great being a part of this course and am glad i chose to do it in the first place.
  • 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!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I took this course to further my knowledge of textiles. The course activities allowed me to develop my interest in this area. It introduced in depth case studies that not only broadened my knowledge of the fashion industry but also challenged some of my views particularly about the innovative nature of Marks and Spencer. The activities were an excellent way to develop further communication skills vital in the contemporary business setting. Thank you for an enriching experience.
  • Alena Martin

    Alena Martin completed this course.

    An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Thank for knowledge shared and learned a lot about the fashion innovation as i as very much interested in the fashion innovation course. The online course helped to me complete this course and gain more knowledge about the fashion. The teaching process was up to the mark it was very understandable and knowledgeable I hope every student gets wisdom and knowledge from this online course a big thank you for this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    At first I was reluctant to take the class because I felt it wouldn't be of any help. And then I started the First Class and immediately got attached. The course outline is brilliant, the teaching processes and methods are outstanding. Everything about the class was valuable. There tests at intervals to grade how far and well you understand the class. Even though I didn't upgrade the course, it was free, very informative and powerful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I haven't studied for years, and don't have the wherewithal to study full time, so I was looking for short courses that I can do online and squeeze in to a busy lifestyle! This course was perfect. The subject matter was interesting and varied, as well as being succintly presented. It inspired me to read up a bit on fashion and the fashion industry and I felt as though I learned a lot! Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am 70 and have had a lifetime in making my own clothes and taught textile courses. But I learnt a lot from this course, a good mix of practical and research especially the assessment of a piece of your own clothing. Good to study with a range of ages and backgrounds. Will do as many of these as Leeds cares to Put up. Highly recommended. As an ex teacher, well tailored to Year 11-13 students.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was concise and to-the-point. While yes, it could have been more in-depth, it was a great two-week course that provided excellent case studies with M&S and the Iconic Suit that led as great examples of innovations in the fashion industry. This course helped me get a better grasp of how innovations not only result in better fashion, but a better future.
  • 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.

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