Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

University of Leeds

Innovation: the Fashion Industry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

##

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

Related Courses

Reviews

4.4 rating, based on 37 reviews

Start your review of Innovation: the Fashion Industry

  • 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. The 'mini quizzes' on the course helped...
  • 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.

    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
    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
    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 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
    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.

  • Anonymous
    This course gave me an insight into steps taken in the industry in innovation for better materials, processes and sustainability. I was able to understand how M&S has been able to keep going and still maintain relevance in the industry.

  • 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
    It helps me guide me correct me and showed me something to get the right education from a right institue If I or anyone really wants to get. I am really thankful.
  • Anonymous
    much to basic, took me only 30 minutes to complete and did not learn much, i'm very disapointed! don't expect to learn too much if you take this course..
  • Anonymous
    i like study in this course , many info add to me.

    the Fashion Industry is very good course to developing and icreasing your knowledge information in fashion.
  • 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
    Particularly enjoyed hearing about innovation at Marks and Spencer--this provided insight I wouldn't otherwise have had.

Never Stop Learning!

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Sign up for free