8 April – 12 April 2019

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IFFTI 2019

As one of its longstanding institutional members, we are immensely proud of our affiliation with IFFTI. Here at Manchester Fashion Institute, we hold the Foundation in high regard and continue to be fully committed to its core values, promoting and leading fashion education and research.

Fashion can take innumerable forms and have all manner of definitions. Fashion reaches across a long and complex supply chain; it stretches through time and space; it is said to be fast and to be slow; it is material and symbolic; it may be a single garment, an alternative lifestyle or an entrepreneurial business model (to name but a few examples).


Our theme for IFFTI 2019, is intended to celebrate this dynamism.

FASHION: ID is a limitless proposition that has been designed to challenge, interrogate and stimulate, rather than mapping the limits to current (or even future) fashion identity.

The subthemes and areas for exploration are:

Personal: ID | Community: ID | Global: ID

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Manchester, the original, modern city is recognised across the world as a vibrant and innovative destination with a proven track record for staging world-class events.

Situated centrally in mainland Britain, Manchester has a population of 2.5 million – a city with roots in ancient history, which is now wonderfully cosmopolitan with its own unique character. The city has transformed itself from an industrial city dependant on manufacturing to a thriving, modern, knowledge-based city amongst the top ten of European locations for education, science, business and leisure.

Manchester is one of the UK’s most diverse and multicultural cities, attracting visitors with its fine traditions of sport, culture, music and top class events. With its welcoming attitude, varied tourist attractions, quality shopping and legendary nightlife, Manchester can offer delegates a vast choice of excursions, partner programmes and pre and post conference tours.

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Manchester Fashion Institute

We are a multi-disciplinary partnership at Manchester Metropolitan University bringing together fashion expertise and talent from across the University, Manchester and the world. We are an international hub that connects education, research and enterprise to inspire the next generation of industry leaders.

Home to a community of fashion designers, buyers, merchandisers, managers, researchers, product developers and marketers, our fashion courses cover the breadth of the industry from fashion design, to management, business and product development. We encourage you to be ambitious, visionary, enquiring, dynamic, innovative and experimental. Our aim is to provide a platform that will put you ahead of the competition and discover your niche in the international fashion industry.

At Manchester Fashion Institute, we promote a culture that empowers you to create your own opportunities for academic and professional development by taking advantage of our cutting-edge resources and unrivalled connections.

We deliver research projects, consultancy and enterprise focusing on innovation, sustainability and impact. Our facilities are industry standard, our academics are internationally connected and our research is pioneering. Inherently proud of our Mancunian roots, we embrace our city, its heritage, culture and achievements.

Our students thrive in a city that does things differently and we create an environment that equips you to rise to the challenge and fulfil your potential. Our courses are for those with the ambition and drive to become leaders in their field, provide solutions for industry’s biggest challenges and to shape the future of fashion.

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