The London-based program Mastered will be offering online fashion courses taught by accomplished professionals in the fashion world.
Mastered focuses on helping creative professionals network, which will benefit fashion entrepreneurs, since getting a job in the tightly-knit fashion world often depends on who you know. They can work individually with those like makeup artist Val Garland and photographer Nick Knight, while other courses will be led by hairstylist Sam McKnight, manicurist Marian Newman, accessory designer Katie Hillier, and Off-White's Virgil Abloh, according to Maria Bobila of Fashionista.
Program Director and co-founder Perri Lewis said:
There are incredible icons who really want to help and teach the next generation of talent. They have so much to share but don't have the time and are in such demand. So we give them the chance to mentor these professionals in a global classroom setting.
[The instructors] are like a mentor and a curator with opinions on how a program for their particular profession should and shouldn't be taught.
Our audience is massively global. And that's exciting because people in certain countries don't have access to those incredible names.
Mastered was founded in January of 2014 by Lewis, Adil Abrar, and Cheryl Adamson.
Students are provided with useful anecdotes and opportunities to improve their careers like portfolio reviews and lessons in networking skills. Students can attend Q&A sessions and discussion panels.
Eliza Florendo of Bustle quotes Mastered's website on the promise of their unique combination of training and networking:
Every program is led by a brilliant and influential expert, and everything we teach is industry-relevant. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn directly from an individual at the very top of their profession, with an unrivaled level of skill, reputation, international status and insider knowledge.
Garland's makeup course included visits from her i-D colleagues, NARS, her Streeters, and Vivienne Westwood. A few of her students, who hail from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and various European countries, had the opportunity to help out backstage at the Issa spring 2016 runway show during London Fashion Week.
Knight's course will start this month and last until February 2016. His students will watch online videos, participate in conversations, and produce multiple editorials, a fashion film, and a brand campaign proposal.
A course with Mastered can cost between $1,600 and $2,200, with options for paying in monthly installments. Those seeking to join these or other courses must submit an application including questions like "Why is this program a must for you?" and "How will you fund the cost of participation?" There are 800 places available for each course.
The online resource Business of Fashion created a similar program earlier this year, notes Erica Euse of Complex.