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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”.

Fall/Win­ter is com­ing, pg 100

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