Change is a funny word; it can inspire hope and spark butterflies, or it can bring a sense of doom and dread.
A few months ago, on a warm sunny day in Paris, change was the word of the day as Stephane Wargnier presented a study called “Prospective Metiers.” This study was run by a professional association with perhaps the longest but sexiest name on the planet: the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers and Créateurs de Mode. This group is responsible for Paris couture week and the shows for couture’s ready-to-wear offshoots.
The study tells the story of macroevolutions in the French fashion industry—evolutions in job roles, process and skill sets that are positioned to impact fashion on a global level. It is not just a question of needing more tech geeks or creative divas today, you need to be both.
While the study focuses on France, the lessons can be applied to the rest of the world. Here’s the short version: [Read more…]