As a result of the suspension of all classes here and abroad due to the coronavirus, and with no assurance of resumption in sight, students are left to their own devices to find the best education the internet has to offer. So, for all the fashion-loving men and women out there, here are the best online classes to learn more about the world of fashion.
Jacquemus Together With IFM Teaches A Free Online Course
A project initiated by Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) last September 2019, their free online classes are now getting a revamp with the title, Understanding Fashion: From Business to Culture. Under the tutelage of luminaries such as Simon Porte Jacquemus and Sir Paul Smith, the course aims to discuss topics from gender representations to social issues, as well as focusing on fashion as a cultural phenomenon as represented through moments of history in clothing. Do not worry as the French fashion school will be doing the class in English and will have various subtitles available. All you need is to register here and note the date and time for classes.
Alexander McQueen’s Sarabande Foundation Free 2-week Long Classes
Established by the late Alexander McQueen, the Sarabande foundation is offering courses on creativity that began last March 27 and will end on April 9. Called the Sarabande Sessions, the classes aim to show how the great minds of fashion. Renowned fashion icons are set to speak like Andrew Bolton who will talk about Camp: Notes on Fashion on the 31st of March, as well as Thom Browne and his vision of menswear on April 8. A highly-anticipated highlight includes watching Tim Walker in conversation with Molly Goddard as they talk about the fantasy of fashion on the last day of classes.
Access all the classes and the schedule here.
Making The Cut on Amazon Prime
If you have a Globe postpaid plan, you get the Amazon Prime Video for free for six months, or if you’re desperately hunting for a new Netflix show to watch, maybe it’s time to subscribe to Amazon Prime for the sole reason of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn making a fashion reality show comeback with Making The Cut. The show almost has the same pattern as the duo’s old show, Project Runway. This time they’re turning it into a brand competition where the designers act as creative directors and are assigned a team of sewers to execute their garments. Seemingly Project Runway on steroids, the reality show has industry juggernauts, Joseph Altuzarra, Carine Roitfeld, Nicole Richie, and Naomi Campbell as their mainstay judges. Elimination of each episode is not limited to just one person, so the competition is pretty intense. Now, if it’s branding and creative direction you’re looking for, Making The Cut is for you.
The Business of Fashion Podcast
If your eyes are too tired looking at the screen, it’s time to make your ears do the work by listening to Business of Fashion’s weekly podcasts. The Business of Fashion has quickly gained a global following because of its hard-hitting articles and successfully combining commerce and creativity as both parts of the fashion world. Although their premium articles are pay-per-view, their podcasts come at no cost. With 177 episodes you can sift through conversations with Alok Vaid-Menon as he discusses the genderless world of clothes or listens to Dazed Media’s founder Jefferson Hack as he talks about fashion media’s role during a pandemic.
Connect your Bluetooth headphones and have a listen here.
Masterclass Buy One Share One Free
Masterclass has been on our screens via Facebook ads for as long as I can remember. But it’s slowly becoming a welcome respite from all that is happening in the world. And in solidarity with people who are staying at home, they are offering a buy one share one for free promo for anyone who buys an annual membership. Some of the iconic fashion icons who teach about their field are Anna Wintour on creativity and leadership, Annie Leibovitz on photography, Marc Jacobs of fashion design and Diane von Furstenberg on branding. And if you feel like expanding your interests you can also access cooking fundamentals with Gordon Ramsay or do makeup with Bobbi Brown herself.