Are robots going to take over? Is artificial intelligence going to eradicate jobs within fashion? Is the fashion industry ever going to catch up with digital innovation? These are just some of the burning questions that will be examined on this unique short course at IFA Paris Online. Students will be introduced to the latest innovations disrupting the fashion industry through a series of lectures and digital workshops.
They will also get the opportunity to discover our brand-new Fashion Tech Lab, Foundry, through a virtual visit and will get to operate some of our equipment remotely!
Provide you with foundational subject knowledge of the fashion tech discipline, which continual critical thinking will be applied throughout the course on how technologies will disrupt the fashion system at present and the future.
Introduce you to technologies such as 3D printing and Internet of Things (IoT) through a series of masterclasses.
Expand your awareness of the roles within the fashion industry beyond traditional archetypes like ‘fashion scientist’, and how current roles are being impacted through advancements such as automation.
Develop your perspectives on digital innovation strategies and the place of technological advancements across a multitude of disciplines within the global environment.
You will complete the course with an experimental portfolio including a physical 3D prototype, work-in-progress programming and 3D digital files that you may wish to develop further outside of the course, and new knowledge of fashion tech innovations.
Day 1: Fashion Tech: What, Why and How?
This short course commences by deep diving into exactly what is fashion tech, why is it relevant to today’s society and how is it being launched onto the market. Students will gain insights and a macro overview to industry advancements before getting their creative ideas flowing in product discovery workshops, culminating into hypothesis that they may wish to explore for the remainder of the short course. Methodologies traditionally deployed in technology developments will be applied to the fashion design and development process, thus providing students with a foundational framework for the week. The goal here is to get them to be forward future thinkers!
Day 2: 3D Masterclass
Day 2 is a practical taster into everything 3D. Students will be taken on a 3D journey in how to design and prototype a 3D model using 3D printers. They will explore the potential capabilities of rapid prototyping and how designers can capitalize in technological advancements to aid the design and product development process. Possibilities are endless: will you make a shoe? A piece of jewellery? A bag? There are no rules and the aim of this session is to pique your curiosity with the latest machinery. Students will leave with a 3D CAD file which will be printed at Foundry and mailed back to you!
Day 3: Fashion Computer Science
Mid-week students will really experience the convergence of fashion and technology in a one-day masterclass of practical workshops in computer science and its capabilities within a fashion context. Companies such as Farfetch and Stitch Fix are much hyped about; will you envision the next unicorn perhaps? Participants will be guided through basic computer programming languages such as Python and taken through a series of exercises to encourage thinking about how computing and data science could advance the fashion ecosystem.
Day 4: Fashion tech and innovation within the fashion system
Technology is a tool ultimately; and tools help innovators to solve problems to complex problems. Day 4 dissects the fragmented fashion system and supply chain, in which the 4th industrial revolution is solving many of these complex problems. Students will be taken through theoretical debates, encouraging them to think about the future of fashion. They will then conduct practical workshops on how to launch fashion-tech products onto the market. The fashion industry needs individuals to shake it up and really disrupt the traditional paradigm, which this day will hopefully inspire students to do.
Day 5: Innovation Challenge
The final day of the course challenges students to innovate by drawing up on all of the week’s learnings, new knowledge and inspirational thoughts. Students will be set an innovation challenge by one of IFA Paris’ industry partners, which they will work in teams to experiment, ideate and conclude in viable solutions. The goal of the challenge is to get them thinking outside of the box and break the rules of what is known about fashion. As future fashion pioneers, students will be encouraged to bring their fresh ideas to the table without limits.
Course Fee: € 700
What is included in the fee:
Microsoft Office Pack
Access to IFA’s Online Learning Management System (LMS)
Temporary a=Access to DC Suite
What is not included in the fee:
Expenditures related with module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards…etc)
Printing and photocopying costs
This short course is for beginners and no previous experience is required. However, a deep interest in both fashion and the technical aspects of technology is required to gain the most from the course.
Material required to follow the course:
A recent computer with a recent operating system
A good internet connection
An up-to-date web browser (it would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers)
Microphone & Headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)