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Fostering Fashion

Published by Sarah Abery on 29-Mar-2013 Industry, Fashion
Tags: conde nast college of fashion & design

Fashion education is relatively new to the world of academic study; however, with increasing numbers of design schools popping up across the globe and many pioneering new programmes being introduced, it has become an essential rite of passage for those wanting to enter into the exclusive yet elusive world of fashion.

This year, London will be upping the stakes of fashion education and turning it into a whole new ball game with the launch of the UK’s first MBA in Executive Fashion and the opening of the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design. It has been stated that the market for luxury goods has completely bypassed the recession that the rest of the globe is currently floundering in, with the world’s most lavish brands consistently reporting booming sales.

This could also be said of the fashion education industry; fees are increasing and the schools are growing rapidly in size and number. While world renowned Central Saint Martins has moved its campus to a larger and more cohesive site in the north of London, New York’s prestigious Parson’s Design School is opening a hub in Paris and Milan’s Istituto Marangoni now has sites in three major fashion capitals.


This year, the London College of Fashion is launching an MBA in Executive Fashion, which will begin in September. A long awaited programme and the first of its kind in the UK, it will cover all business areas of the fashion industry, including design, PR, production and buying.

It will be taught by staff with significant industry experience, who will not only provide students with invaluable instruction and information, but also the network connections required for those wanting to establish themselves within the world of fashion. Another exciting leap forward for London’s fashion education industry occurred at the beginning of this year with the inauguration of the Condé Nast College of Fashion.

The powerhouse behind the world’s most iconic fashion and lifestyle magazines will be trying its hand at educating the up and coming fashion elite; the college will be offering two courses, the first of which will begin next month. Future students of style will be given the chance to partake in a ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate, which will provide a foundation in all aspects of the industry, or a year-long Vogue Fashion Foundation diploma, which will focus on polishing students’ creative, communication and business skills within the context of the fashion community.


Fashion education in London has come a long way from the London College of Fashion’s training of girls in dressmaking, millinery, embroidery and hairdressing more than 100 years ago. With the capital’s globally recognised fashion colleges producing esteemed alumni including Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, alongside its penchant for the quirky and the innovative; London is most certainly set to remain at the creative cutting edge of fashion.

Sarah Abery works in advertising and as a freelance fashion writer.

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