History of Fashion Retail

In many developed economies, retail is a major employer and large contributor of GDP.  The aim of this course is to give learners an understanding of how retail has developed and grown over the past two hundred years, giving them a context in which to view retail today.  From the onset of the industrial revolution, we trace how shopping became a leisure activitity in its own right and how it has transitioned over time to meet the changing needs of the consumer.

3 centuries of fashion retail history

What you will learn

  • How department stores developed from smallgoods stores to multi-billion dollar global fashion emporiums
  • How shopping malls changed our shopping habits and what is the future of tomorrows shopping malls
  • How innovation led to success of major fashion retailers
  • How a technological revolution impacted the retail market

Modules in more detail

19th Century and the Rise of the Department Store – the birth and growth of department stores from the 19th century to present day

20th Century and the Rise of the Shopping Mall – how shopping patterns changed during the 20th century and the birth of fashion chains stores

21st Century and the Rise of E-commerce – how technology revolutionised the way we shop and gave rise to newer more agile fashion retailers

Who is this course for

This course would benefit those working in stores or a support office role in buying, merchandise planning, marketing, product development, retail operations or supply chain.

It is of particular use to junior members of the merchandise department, e.g. assistant/trainee buyers or assistant/trainee merchandise planners.


$79.00 excl GST

or 4 payments of $19.75 with Wizit learn more

4 x fortnightly payments of $21.73 (inc GST)

Unsure if a course is right for you...

If you are uncertain whether a course is at the right level for you, then take an assessment through the Numensa Assessment Centre.  We have six different assessments, three for buying and three for planning.  

  • Entry – for anyone new to retail or working in a buyer’s admin or allocator level
  • Intermediate – for anyone working at the assistant/junior buyer/planner level
  • Advanced – for anyone working at a buyer/planner or senior buyer/planner level

At a glance...

  • 3 online modules
  • Total learning time =  1 hours 30 minutes
  • Works across PC, tablet and phone
  • Audio voiceover
  • Interactive discovery style e-learning with quizzes
  • Full access for 6 months
  • Developed by retail buying professionals
  • Digital certificate on completion
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Or call 1300 969 560 to speak to Beverley Chambers about the best course for you.