The narrative where fashion and technology meet

"The Digital Narrative where Fashion and Technology meet Education 4.0"

The Digital Fashion Group is a European collaboration between fashion education and technology.

Our on-line course is for fashion designers and aims at demystifying digitalisation. The learning will empower designers to become change agents embracing technology as a tool in their creative practice.

This education is online and hands on, working with real businesses and organisations, real people and real problems in order to create sustainable and technology-savvy solutions that foster positive change.

The student will learn about the key nascent technologies important in the fashion value chain and in what ways these are influencing the future of the industry.

Working with our partner organisations the students will be able to have hands on experience in a collaborative industry lead brief.

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Leslie Holden, as Head of Fashion at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) and a member of the amfi board for over 14 years, he was responsible for the redevelopment of the international curricula focussing on digitalisation and sustainability in fashion.

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Burak Cakmak, as Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design where he completed his 5 year term in June 2020, led the implementation of a new innovative curriculum for fashion design and business programs.

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Sean Chiles, as Head of Northumbria University School of Design London, developed and delivered a unique Master Qualification Programme Framework for Fashion and the Creative Industries.

Leslie Holden

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Leslie Holden, as Head of Fashion at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) and a member of the amfi board for over 14 years, was responsible for the redevelopment of the international curricula focussing on digitalisation and sustainability in fashion. Instrumental in establishing the ground-breaking “Hypercraft” minor where students immerse themselves in the world of 3D Virtual designing, and the first AMFI Master award, MA Fashion Enterprise Creation, he grew the international recognition and standing of the school as a centre of excellence for fashion teaching and research.

Being a design director and entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry for such companies as Dunhill, Stefanel, Byblos, Burberry and Liberty, he has extensive knowledge of the international luxury market and the relationship of education to business.

Leslie sits on the Steering Committee of The EU Worth Partnership Project, and is an EU expert for the creative industries. He was for many years an Executive Board member of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), and a trustee of The UK Graduate Fashion Foundation, and has been a guest speaker at many major education and creative conferences.

Leslie is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London.

Burak Cakmak

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Burak Cakmak, as Dean of Fashion at Parsons School of Design where he completed his 5 year term in June 2020, led the implementation of a new innovative curriculum for fashion design and business programs. During this tenure, he leveraged his expertise in sustainable design to emphasise socially conscious and transformational design to formulate the educational approach and training of the next generation of creators. His experience includes directional roles at corporate and non-profit institutions including Swarovski Group, Gap Inc and Kering’s luxury brands.  Under his leadership, he oversaw implementation of best-practice industry standards across all business functions, including raw material sourcing, supply chain management, manufacturing, and retail operations.

He sits on the board of ‘Nest’, a non-profit organisation building a new handworker economy, and is on the expert panels for innovation focused initiatives the Global Change Award, Kering’s K-Generation Award and LVMH Prize. 

He has been invited to speak at a number of prominent, globally recognized conferences including the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, WebSummit and Fashion Asia Hong Kong. He has served on expert juries including the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative, and Open Style Lab and has lectured as a visiting professor at SKEMA Business School in France and China.

Sean Chiles

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Sean Chiles, as Head of Northumbria University School of Design London, developed and delivered a unique Master Qualification Programme Framework for Fashion and the Creative Industries, along with Degree level fashion programmes for this international profit-making centre. He is an academic strategist experienced in innovative programme conceptualisation, validation and delivery, and an experienced lecturer, visiting professor, and External Examiner for MA and BA programmes in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, India and China. As a divisional board member of Coats Viyella PLC, he set up and directed the first contemporary brand design studio in India delivering an international design approach to ISO 9001 standards. He consults on executive and designer recruitment to deliver creative excellence and collections for studios around the world.

For the RSA Student Design Awards, he created the Fashion Promotions Section to represent changes in fashion education delivery, serving as a fashion judge for 13 years, for 7 years was a Marketing & Fashion judge for Graduate Fashion Week, and delivered a keynote speech “The Future of Fashion Education” at the Museum of London. Publication contributions include “Future in Progress” for the International Fashion Institute.

Sean is a graduate of St. Martin’s School of Art in London.

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