UK Fashion World Abuzz Over New Retail Fashion School

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 24, 2006

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The new Fashion Retail Academy is the result of a collaboration between Phillip Green, the Sector Skills Council for Fashion Retail, and the fashion school in London, the London College of Fashion. With those credentials, you can expect excellent courses and the right jobs to follow.

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The aim of this new fashion school in London is to provide students with the practical and academic skills to go successfully into fashion retail jobs. With this in mind, they offer two fashion courses. The level one diploma prepares students for fashion retail jobs at supervisory levels. The level two diploma prepares them for fashion retail jobs at managerial levels.

The Importance of Fashion Merchandising in Fashion Retail Jobs

While fashion retail jobs have previously provided on-the-job training in sales techniques and fashion merchandising, these fashion courses offer a benchmark for retailers in the UK, and worldwide, to follow. The fashion retail courses at this innovative new fashion school in London will equip students with vital fashion merchandising and business skills.

Fashion courses are taught by tutors with fashion retail jobs, and include fashion marketing, visual merchandising, buying, design and technology. All courses include a part-time placement in a fashion retail setting. Graduates of these programs are prepared for fashion retail jobs at managerial level or self-employment in the UK's thriving independent fashion retail sector. Fashion merchandising and forward planning is at the heart of successful fashion retails jobs. Successful students may also wish to continue their studies and move into fashion merchandising programs and jobs. The success of this new fashion school in London could have implications for fashion merchandising schools all over the world.


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Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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