The Future of Fashion MOOC Launches

Student-led online course first of many under The FOLD


POUGHKEEPSIE (March 13, 2014) –  style="line-height: 1.6em;">Marist College has extended its leadership in educational technology with the launch of "The r />Future of Fashion" MOOC, a student developed and led exploration of fashion trend forecasting. The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is the first of four such online courses, free and open to all, that comprise just one component of  style="line-height: 1.6em;">The FOLD, a student-driven, collaborative  online learning resource for all things fashion. "If it’s in fashion, it’s in style="line-height: 1.6em;">The FOLD." 
Click here to learn more about The FOLD and "The Future of Fashion MOOC"
and to create a free account and register for the course

 Running now through June 4, the "Future of Fashion" was developed and administered entirely by students. This 12-module course will guide participants through the theories of trend movement, the history of street fashion, how to spot and contextualize important trends, The Foldand finally, creating a digital portfolio of street-style observations. A typical module might include a web exploration, an image gallery, a brief reading, and guiding questions. 

Although they are designed to be completed on a weekly basis, users may progress through the sections entirely at their own pace. Most importantly, the Future of Fashion MOOC is a fun, fast-moving project that will enhance anyone's understanding of fashion, trend, style and culture.

With >The FOLD, Marist’s renowned Fashion Program is taking full advantage of the college’s leading-edge technology platform and recognized expertise in academic technology to provide to students and around the world interested in all facets of the fashion industry:

  • A student-driven, academic fashion community built on global communication, info-sharing and emerging social research
  • Free online mini-courses for the fashion-minded student or professional
  • The first peer-to-peer online course…Students teaching students about fashion trend forecasting
  • Insider’s view on everything Fashion at Marist and far beyond
  • A fashion-based virtual community available to anyone anywhere

Marist launched The FOLD at New York Fashion Week last month, where it presented MaristXOXBetsey, a special reprise show of design icon Betsey Johnson's Fall collection under the tents at Lincoln Center. Learn more and see a video about MaristXOXBetsey.