Author(s): Susan Dillon
The fashion industry is big business and employs many people in a variety of roles. This title provides you with a knowledge of how the fashion industry works, by examining the processes, roles and objectives that make up this multifaceted industry.
Susan Dillon is Course Leader of Fashion at Leeds College of Art in the UK. She has gained wide-ranging professional experience as a design director for a fashion company travelling to the Far East, the US and Europe for trend research, sourcing and buyer liaison. As a fashion entrepreneur, Susan has also designed and sold women's wear to independent fashion stores worldwide. Susan then worked as an account manager for a fashion company before embarking on a full-time career in academia. She has recently completed an MBA with a specialist subject interest in developing fashion entrepreneurship and intellectual property.
Introduction. The business of fashion: The fashion industry in the 20th century; Technology; The influential designers; Exercise; Interview-Gary Harvey. Fashion trend prediction: The fashion forecasting industry; The forecasting process; Trend prediction as a tool; Presenting trend information; Fashion forecasting agencies; Exercise; Interview-Fiona Jenvey. Fashion transition: Fashion buying; Merchandising; Retail formats; The retail calender; Importing fashion goods; Exercise; Interview-Katy Steel. Fashion communication: What is fashion communication?; The fashion consumer; Branding; Fashion marketing; Fashion promotion; Visual merchandising; Fashion advertising; Exercise; Interview-Michaela Ireson. The fashion machine: The fashion calender; The fashion press; Fashion editorial; Trade shows and events; Exercise; Interview-Paul Harness. Bridging the gap between fashion and business: Becoming a fashion entrepreneur; Setting up a fashion business; Creative business planning; Branding basics; Innovative marketing and promotion; Design and copyright; Exercise; Interview-Aine Cassidy. Conclusion. Glossary of terms. Bibliography. Picture credits. Index. Acknowledgements. Working with ethics.