Tomorrow’s apparel industry: out with the old, in with the new

Lectra Virtual Prototyping 2 - Innovation In Fashion Education

Graduate Laiwa van der Linden working for iNDiViDUALS with Lectra.

Out with the old, in with the new

Sharing the frustration of many in the industry at the mismatch between the skills taught to tens of thousands of fashion graduates each year and the demands of today’s jobs, Leslie Holden is on a mission to drive change: “We have to take responsibility for the future and develop new business models, including the development and delivery of education.” As head of Fashion & Design at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI), Leslie believes addressing this skills gap is crucial given the numerous sector shifts in recent years, He addresses a probable root cause of the problem: “Higher education in fashion generally is being delivered as it was 30 years ago. We’re still working in the same model, and we’re not moving with the times. We need to get creative and find better solutions.”

Leslie Holden - AMFI

Leslie in the AMFI building.

AMFI’s approach is to try to stay one step ahead of the changes taking place in the fashion sector, and incorporate this new information to the courses being offered. “As educators we’re designing the designers of the future, we’re making the future now. We’re thinking about the skills our students need when they graduate in not just three or four years but in ten years, and making sure that our curriculum can bear that load. Being reactive to what’s happening now won’t cut it, being proactive is crucial to keeping pace with the industry needs and opportunities.”

Lectra Virtual Prototyping - Innovation In Fashion Education

Students work with Lectra 3D virtual prototyping software.

Read the rest of the interview with Leslie Holden on about innovation in fashion education, including the video about AMFI’s work with 3D virtual prototyping.

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