Trends on the catwalk or the high street may not last long, but the importance of the fashion industry is enduring - which is why it is such good news that Glasgow Caledonian University has launched a fashion school.
The British School of Fashion will be based at GCU's campus in London and the emphasis will be on developing talent for the industry and equipping students with the kind of skills that will make them useful to fashion companies.
This is exactly the right approach. At a time when the high street is still struggling to recover from recession -and compete with the internet - here is a new training ground for fresh ideas and talent - students with a love for fashion but also an up-to-date education in business, marketing and financial management.
In years to come, we will see the results of this venture in the likes of M&S and House of Fraser - two of the companies that are involved in the project. In the meantime, the British School of Fashion can serve as a model of the kind of vocational course that is good for students and the economy.
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