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January 2023

The Importance Of Policy Implementation In Decolonising The Fashion Curriculum Effectively

The fashion industry is constantly evolving and changing, and staying current with the latest trends and practices is essential for success. This paper provides valuable insights and information on how policy implementation can help ensure that fashion students gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. The paper comprehensively analyses the critical elements of fashion curricula policy implementation.


February 2022

Ten Practical Ways To Decolonise The Fashion Curriculum

Our white paper this month explores 10 practical ways to decolonise the fashion curriculum. Decolonisation has been topical among educational discourse for the last few years, and through our research, we have identified 10 workable solutions for educational bodies, faculty members, researchers, and students to consider in the international effort to decolonise the fashion education curriculum.


January 2022

Essential Skills Needed In The African Fashion Industry In 2022

This month’s report is focused on essential skills needed for professionals in the African fashion industry. With attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainability and digitalisation, we have compiled a list of skills that every fashion practitioner will need in 2022. The growing reliance on digital technology in communication processes presents a new challenge for African fashion practitioners. 


December 2021

What Should be Taught in Fashion Schools in Africa

September 2021

Improving the Standards of Fashion Education in Africa

July 2021

The State of Fashion Education in Africa 2021

Our first report State of Fashion 2021 highlighted that the curriculum in fashion schools in Africa is heavily focused on fashion design. During a roundtable session in July 2021, board members highlighted gaps within the fashion curriculum in African institutions and provided actionable recommendations to enhance it. This white paper highlights six subjects that can advance the current curriculum in fashion schools in Africa.

Despite the growth in fashion institutions and fashion courses across Africa, various barriers prevent many institutions from growing and developing further. This report aims to explore a breakdown of issues and solutions to improve fashion education in Africa. This report was developed from a board meeting that took place in July 2021.

The State of the Fashion Education in Africa is an annual report which examines the current state of Fashion Education on the continent. The aim of the report is to provide stakeholders with an overview and insights to help inform decisions and provide recommendations on what we can do to develop our system further.

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