What is happing in the local fashion industry, and what might the future of the industry look like? How might the shifting, a result of the global pandemic, impact the skill set our students will need to succeed in the industry of the future? In this workshop, we will have conversations around the shifts that are taking place in the fashion industry, what they mean for us as teachers, and what they might mean for the future of the fashion industry. You will hear from some local industry members on their perspective in regards to the current global pandemic and what it might mean for education. The companies and employees who seem to be doing well are able to think creatively, pivoting, and going through the design thinking process at a rapid pace, something that is leading to some exciting changes and directions.
We all wear clothing, so what changes might the global pandemic make in our decisions around what we wear, what we choose to purchase, the type of companies we choose to support, and our student’s perspective of fashion?
Heather Clark earned a Bachelor of Design: Fashion and Technology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as well as a Bachelor of Education, and has just completed a Master of Education in Home Economics from the University of British Columbia. She has a variety of experience in the fashion and apparel industry as well as in education, having taught at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. At KPU, with the Wilson School of Design, Heather has taught a range of courses including pattern drafting, sewing, professional practices, professional promotion, and more.