Play Fashion Detective - Discover Trends and Create a Profitable Business!

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Graduate feedback about this course:

Such a great class. Everything online was so easy for me to use when I had the time. My schedule is so full and I discovered that if I planned for an hour each day I looked forward to studying. I learned so much in this trend course and I know I can start offering my clients a high quality trend report analysis. Thank you, Cory Sanderson


Dear Ms. Armour, The Certified Fashion Trend Consultant course is the third one that I have taken from the Fashion Style Institute. As a life learner developing a second career, I have a high expectation from private institutions. The course must be delivered in a professional format and be flexible enough to work around my demanding schedule. The curriculum must be well organized, include high-quality content, provide logical instruction with relevant industry examples, be and up-to-date, and worthwhile. Above all, the course must fulfill the original intent behind my purchase, it must be supportive to fulfilling the goal that initially inspired me to register. A tall order, for certain.  Did it delivery?  Yes... and then some. The course fulfilled on those requirements. In fact, I was delighted because the content was more comprehensive than I expected. Plus, your personal passion for the fashion industry and education oozes out in every module. I enthusiastically look forward to another course with Fashion Style Institute. Thank you for the course, I know that what I learned will help me immediately and for the rest of my career. Sincerely, Thai L.


Dear Ms Armour, Thank you for creating the courses. It has been a great insights source for me, regardless I've been in the retail merchandising for 20 years! It has been great experience to gain variety of different perspectives and what relevant now in the industry.  In this evolving world, it is a great tool to get access on what relevant now in the industry, you gave us so many resources to tap into this information. Best regards, Melia P. Jakarta, Indonesia



Here is the course outline:

Start Here: Orientation Video
Required viewing. Executives cannot advance without first viewing this module.
How We Certify
View tutorial about online learning and certification with FSI.
Access Your Resources
Instructions on accessing your course resources, manual and online quiz reviews.
Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Self-paced instructional video, audio, tools, resources, online links and ebooks to study. Students have access to each class within the course for up to 12 weeks. This section offers the training kits for the important components of the course. The course begins with an introduction to the career of the trend forecaster, it’s place in the fashion spectrum, what forecasters do, how they do it and why it is considered to be the most important fashion job in the modern fashion world.
The Fashion Forecasting Process: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
An overview beginning with forecasters (who, what, when, why, and how) and an introduction to the forecasting specialties. The class also familiarizes executives with some of the frameworks for organizing observations, explaining trends, and hypothesizing future directions. The class concludes with a discussion of the attributes a forecaster needs in order to pursue a career in the field.
Introducing Innovation: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
The class presents diffusion of innovation as a framework for explaining how innovation moves through a social system, and the types of consumers who participate in each time period. The focus is on consumer behavior—how different consumers react when presented with new products or fashion trends. The concept of consumer segmentation is introduced as a way to visualize markets.
The Direction of Fashion and Cultural Indicators: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
The class discusses fashion movement—trickle down, trickle up, trickle across, and fashion cycles—and illustrates the process with examples from fashion history and today’s marketplace. Also reviewed are the different approaches to long-term forecasting by profiling key forecasters and how their predictions related to the fashion industry.
Color Forecasting: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
The class provides an introduction to color theory as a foundation for forecasting. Ideas associated with color cycles, the possible underlying patterns in the popularity of colors, are discussed. The focus of the class is on the challenge of predicting color with sections on color research, organizations for professionals, and color planning in the industry. A profile of Leatrice Eiseman, a well-known color forecaster, illustrates the working life of forecasters.
Textile Development: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
The class presents the basics of textile manufacturing as a precursor for understanding forecasting, including the sources for innovation. The focus of the Module is on the process of researching seasonal trends in texture, weight, pattern, and performance.
The Look: Design Concepts and Style Directions: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
The class introduces the idea of trend multiplication as a long-term direction for fashion. The fashion map includes the cities hosting international Fashion Weeks, fashion off the runway, and street fashion.
Presenting the Forecast: Course Lessons, Video, Interactive Methods
Communication is a forecaster’s job; the class explains how to transform information into learning through creative presentation techniques. Topics include trend reporting, presentation tools such as software, and speaking techniques that help the forecaster connect with the audience. Because predictions are made with incomplete information, there are many traps for the unwary forecaster; the class reviews some to avoid.
Resource Bank and Sample Power Point Presentation
Over 100 trend reports, trend resources and workshop samples for color, runway, street and fashion reporting. Executives are presented with solid business start-up concepts to begin earning money as Fashion Trend Consultants.
Final Project and Video Banks
Final project to create a trend board that other students can comment on, review and make suggestions. Fun and engaging the final project is an opportunity for the learner to display their new found skills in a creative individual or group project.
Fashion Trend Certification Final Exam
Online exam to test student’s absorption of the course training. 25 true/ false, multiple choice, mix and match and two essay questions. Scoring is standard from A to F (fail). Passing score must be 80% or higher.
Exit Instructions
All students completing the course are required to submit a brief feedback testimonial about their experience with the course. Click the link below for instructions and sample. Students also must complete a Participant Training Evaluation form prior to completing the course.
Graduate Resources
Online library of downloadable resources, forms, eBooks and supportive material to help the new graduate build a strong business.
Library Access - Articles, Resources and White Papers
Entire fashion library includes over 20 important scholarly articles on fashion, fashion history, fashion week, etc. free for download and off-line reading. Supplemental materials include free e-books, free fashion images and other research tools students can use to further their knowledge of fashion, style and image.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Award CEU Statement


Christopher Sirios

"I really enjoyed the courses."