The curriculum includes: trend forecasting for the development of a mega trend, the future of textiles, performance textiles, bioengineering, sustainable circular economy in fashion and textiles, bioplastic, startup strategies, sociology of the imaginary, contemporary fashion, textile sciences, craft to business and various extracurricular activities in both cities. The overall aim of this course is to provide knowledge in the area of new technologies, handcraft techniques, trends in fashion and fabrics and start-up business, all while upholding sustainable values.
Explore and dive into two vibrant metropolises. Feel the DNA of these important fashion melting pots. Berlin mixes the old with the new in such an exciting way as Berlin right now. The city is such a fertile breeding ground, where ideas flourish across the worlds of art, culture, fashion or design. Berlin`s fashion cosmos stands for innovation, start-up spirit, trend-forecast, fashion technology and sustainability.
Florence has a unique tradition related to fashion. It can be considered one of the most active cities in this field both in Italy and in the world where new trends,charm and history are perfectly melted togeher. The city, lively, sunny and inspiring, still hosts many artisans labs and important designers such as Gucci, Enrico Coveri, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Patrizia Pepe, Emilio Pucci and many others.
The course does not seek to address questions of whether, but rather, how and why: how to question the future, how to interpret changes altering the concept of fashion worldwide, how designers interpret social changes and craft new ethical design and business concepts.
During the Joint Course, students will be asked to complete a course project, ensuring the enrichment of each participant’s portfolio and CV. The project will consist of the creation of an unusual leather or fiber product (small leather good or textile garment) linked to a social trend, and will develop in two phases: the first, in Berlin, will consist of research and analysis, while the second, in Florence, will shift the focus to the leather market and production.
The course also includes a workshop to explore how raw fish starts to turn to real leather, a research into the mega trend sustainability and creation of a personal future vision model, a seminar on past, current and future innovations in the fashion and textile industries both on technological and economical scale, a workshop on key elements of circular product design including a design of a product of choice as well as a workshop with practical tools, methods and creativity techniques to use in order to generate ideas, develop prototypes and market tests.
Special visits, fieldtrips and activities will be organized in Florence: the Gucci Garden or Ferragamo Museum, a visit to a textile or leather company, an international guest lecture given by a fashion industry expert, the creation of a personal project and an individual interview with a senior teacher from the course, to assess your potential and further opportunities to continue in this field of study.
Participation in this course is an excellent initial stage of preparation in the fashion business, a course of study that may continue with an academic program such as the 4-year undergraduate program in Fashion Business or the 9-month master program in Fashion Trend Forecasting or International Fashion Business.