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A Global Conversation About Fashion Education

With the launch of BoF Education, fashion education now has a global home for exchange, conversation and debate.
Students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia | Source: Courtesy
  • Imran Amed

LONDON, United Kingdom — This week on BoF we sparked a global conversation on the role, content and value of fashion education with the launch of BoF Education, our new platform for online learning, featuring free fashion courses and a rigorous global fashion schools ranking.

Global media outlets weighed in with their feedback, including The New York Times (USA), i-D (USA), The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), The Times Higher Education Supplement (UK), De Standaard (Belgium), Le Monde (France), The Australian (Australia), Modern Weekly (China), The Times of India (India), Haaretz (Israel) and more than 100 other websites, blogs and newspapers from around the world.

Importantly, many of you shared your opinions too, debating the findings of our rankings and articles on BoF Voices and across social media platforms.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, criticisms and praise. This is just the beginning for BoF Education and all of your feedback is extremely valuable and helpful to us.

Enjoy our top stories for the week gone by:

Is Fashion Education Selling a False Dream?
Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art have emerged as the top schools in BoF's first Global Fashion School Rankings. But our survey also reveals widespread dissatisfaction amongst the more than 4,000 students and alumni who participated in our survey. Is fashion education selling a false dream?

Balancing Business and Creative Learning
Designers and educators weigh in on fashion schools' search for the equilibrium between teaching business and nurturing creativity.

Under New Direction, Parsons Puts Sustainability First
Set to join Parsons as the new dean of fashion, Burak Cakmak speaks to BoF about his vision for one of world's most distinguished creative incubators.

Op-Ed | Fashion Schools Should Focus on Creativity
Fashion houses want creative designers, so schools should focus on creative teaching — students can learn the business side later, says Walter Van Beirendonck, head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

Fashion Companies Need to Rethink Their HR Function
While most fashion companies are lagging behind in the "race for talent," a few are getting ahead by investing in innovative HR strategies.

The Hustle Behind Kith, Ronnie Fieg's Self-Made Sneaker Empire
How Ronnie Fieg grew Kith into a streetwear retail juggernaut and a brand in its own right.

Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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