There’s now an A-level in fashion – but could you pass the exam questions? –

Copies of glossy magazines have proved a distraction for A-level students bored of Chaucer for years, but now students will be able to class pouring over images of Chanel, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen as actual ‘revision.’ The examination board AQA have announced that they are launching an A-level in Fashion (or to use it’s official name, the ‘Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles A-level’).

Students have been able to study ‘Textiles’ before of course, but this replacement A-level will teach students about the origins of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket, at the same time as mastering a blind stitch. As well as learning textile techniques, students will touch upon the history of design, the commercial side of the industry and modern influences on fashion, including the impact of social media.


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