On Teaching Fashion: ‘Foliage and Decay’

Every year I joke when I make course presentations, that when the controlled assessment paper comes out, there could be such ambiguous titles as ‘Foliage and Decay’ and ‘Entrances and exits’. At this point many students either think I have lost the plot… or probably have switched of whilst I enthuse about what possibly could you do with such an open (probably to them also …

On Teaching Fashion: and giving it your all.

  I have spoken to many trainee teachers, or individuals thinking of entering the profession. My advice, and of many of my colleagues is that this is one of the most exhausting professions you can undertake. So, after putting on a performance every day, I return home totally shattered. Teaching is an act, and delivering the design process and encouraging creativity is particularly full on. …

On Teaching Fashion: at the end of a very long term.

For me, at the end of term, teaching can get less inspirational- primarily because I am, and the students are extremely tired. My arrival to my college gets later in the morning and stronger cups of tea are drank earlier in the day. Especially as the end of term looms and this results in the frantic finishing of projects, the aims for the day get …

On Teaching Fashion: The Value of Fashion education.

I recently had a conversation with my colleagues about the value of a fashion education, in reflection on my last post about the news of Art History A Level qualifications. So, what do students gain from fashion? In my opinion, everything. What do most people think students will gain from studying fashion? more often than not- just the concept of fashion design and ‘drawing dresses.’ …

On Teaching Fashion: Why are the arts being threatened?

Last week, in the UK, it was announced that the A Level Art History qualification was to be scrapped, and that there will be no new intakes of students able to study this qualification. This has been met with extreme criticism as another blow to the opportunities within creative education. How are we, as a population, going to be able to develop the next generations able to preserve …

On Teaching Fashion: Sharing some great ideas!

Last week I attended the 8th Global Meeting of Fashion Interdisciplinary-Net at Mansfield College, Oxford. This conference was an excellent platform for practitioners to come together and present their research surrounding their work studying fashion. I can not recommend highly enough the all in compassing and welcoming ethos of this conference where students, professionals and educators came together. I heard papers on not just on …

On Teaching fashion: A New Year and a new start.

Customarily at this time of year I reflect on previous years’ successes. However, for me, in September I will be in a new position, in a new school, with a new curriculum to grasp and new students to teach. I am entering the next academic year with excitement, as, however much there may be challenges ahead- I enjoy delivering different courses and projects, and I …

On Teaching Fashion: the competition of the final shows.

  The final presentation of students’ work comes in many formats, static department exhibitions, fashion catwalks, students’ own portfolio and also, less exciting to some- but equally important: the end of year standardisation to the qualification verifiers. I spend many sessions individually with students preparing portfolios, CV’s and statements- but this can only go so far and I think it is crucial for the individual …

On Teaching Fashion: Learning the importance of heritage and skill.

Last week I attended the ‘Enterprise of Culture’ Conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This was a wonderful day giving the open, and free, opportunity for researchers, professionals and interested individuals to hear papers from international colleagues. The topics were varied, such as how Couture developed in Italy post war, and also a very interesting paper about how H+M and Scandinavian brands are utilising …

On Teaching Fashion: ‘Creativity is one of the highest forms of Critical Thinking’

Creativity is a problem solving activity, you set a brief, a challenge, an opportunity and await to see what learners do with it or what avenues they progress down. Dr J. Brown discusses in her article ‘The Creative Process and Critical Thinking’ that learners in the creation of their work progress down all of the stages of critical thinking, them being: ‘Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis …

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