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Fifteen fashion graduates from four schools across Asia – Lasalle College of the Arts and Female are giving them a shot at being discovered. Natalie Kuan highlights the top three.
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Why just do a grad show when you can do what London’s Graduate Fashion Week does: help launch the careers of international names like Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey? Lasalle College of the Arts is doing just that with its inaugural Asian Fashion Graduate Showcase (AF/GS). It’s not only a parade of regional fashion design graduates and their work, but also a chance for them to be discovered by industry insiders and media invited to the event.
Says Ginette Chittick, programme leader at the school’s Faculty of Design: “This is the first time an event like this is happening in this part of the world. Europe has long had Graduate Fashion Week, which kick-started the careers of some of the industry’s biggest names, but we think it’s time that Asian graduates got noticed too.”
Held on May 23 at the school’s Singapore Airlines Theatre, the event – supported by Female – brought together four schools: Lasalle, South Korea’s Sangmyung University, China’s Zhuangyuan Culture Academy of Art & Design, and Philippines’ De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Representatives were selected based on the creativity and visual impact of their work.
Explains Nur Hidayah Abu Bakar, dean of Lasalle’s Faculty of Design: “The hope is that such larger collaborative platforms will give young talents the opportunity to stretch their creative potential.”
Featured here: the three “Best in Show”.
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