Jacquemus, Tim Walker, Molly Goddard and Thom Browne: these are the rumors that we can follow from today on the sofa of our home, thanks to the online training designed for this period of coronavirus and #iorestoacasa.
How much and how will the fashion system change once the pandemic emergency is over? This is one of the most recurrent questions of the current period, which does not find, however, only negative assumptions: also, and perhaps above all, the best creative initiatives and the most revolutionary paradigm shifts are born from the worst crises. And in such a delicate historical moment, where time and productivity acquire new value and meaning, there is nothing better than planting the seeds of a better future, starting from education. Together with the academies and fashion schools, which have found themselves managing their courses through online platforms, these days there are many protagonists in the sector, from the most popular designers to the most iconic creatives, who will hold online lessons for students and enthusiasts, giving further value, in fact, to the time to take advantage of during this quarantine.
Among the schools that have started the virtual lessons for their classes we find the Institut Français de la Mode, which also launched today, March 30, an exclusive four-week online course that anyone can follow from any corner of the planet: entitled “Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture” is directed by Professor Benjamin Simmenauer and presented in English with various subtitling options. With a transversal focus, which explores the fashion system both as a cultural phenomenon and as a creative industry, it sees no less among its protagonists that the designer Simone Porte Jacquemus and Paul Smith, dealing with topics ranging from decoding trends to the relationship between print and fashion, up to gender representations and social and subcultural issues. The course is available for free on the FutureLearn platform.
The Sarabande Foundation of Alexander McQueen, an artistic charity founded in 2007, has also just launched a series of free conferences on art and fashion, entitled The Sarabande Sessions: online lessons, also strictly free, are held every day at 5 pm , from March 27 to April 9, and will feature some of the most iconic British personalities in the world of fashion, from the avant-garde designer Molly Goddard to the legendary photographer Tim Walker, passing through Thom Browne and Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL * . A selection of talks that aim to inspire new fashion talents and offer anyone the opportunity to get an overview of the fashion and artistic universe, beyond the blurred boundaries between creative areas.
Finally, today the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has also launched a free course on the Coursera platform, entitled “Fashion As Design”, designed to provide the basis for understanding fashion, as well as the fundamental tools for appreciate and contextualise the design of clothing, from Ready to Wear to Haute Couture. Conceived by the author and curator of the Department of Architecture and Design of MoMA, Paola Antonelli, the course offers a more universal perspective on clothing as a design object, between form and function, automation and craftsmanship, standardization and customization, focusing on a selection of over 70 garments and accessories from all over the world: through each of them, students will closely examine what we wear every day, why we do it, how it is made and what it means, with the contribution of designers, manufacturers, historians and other figures professionals who work with clothing and, in some cases, reinvent its concept.
Here are the open days of the most important fashion schools in Italy, which have become online and virtual because of the coronavirus