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     FrontPage Edition: Wed 9 Nov 2005

LASALLE-SIA establishes Fashion Institute of Singapore


LASALLE-SIA establishes Fashion Institute of Singapore to spearhead new initiatives in fashion and fashion education
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts is pleased to announce the establishment of the Fashion Institute of Singapore, a new initiative to spearhead fashion and fashion education in Singapore.
Coming under the Faculty of Design at LASALLE-SIA, Ms Alison Harley, Dean of the Faculty, highlights the importance of the institute: ¡°The Fashion Institute will enable and facilitate an interaction with industries drawn from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to promote Singapore as a creative hub of the region. This will be a first for Singapore and promises to be an international beacon for the development of fashion.¡±
The Fashion Institute will be a facility for students from all over the world who wish to study in a dynamic environment.
The fashion degree programmes, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and BA (Hons) Fashion Management, that LASALLE-SIA already offers will come under the purview of the Institute.
The Fashion Institute will grow the breadth and depth of degree programmes to offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fashion that will combine both the practical as well as theoretical aspects of learning. New degree programmes include Fashion Textiles, Fashion Promotion and Fashion Journalism.
At the postgraduate level, students will have the opportunity to enrol in an innovative international Master¡¯s programme in fashion developed jointly with prestigious French fashion institute, ESMOD International of Paris.
ESMOD, based in France, was established in 1841 and is the world¡¯s first fashion design school. It is now regarded as one of the world¡¯s leaders in fashion education with a network of 12 leading schools around the world, including Milan and Tokyo. Its graduates have found jobs with the cr¨¨me de la cr¨¨me of fashion names including Armani, Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix, Cartier, Elle, Emmanuel Ungaro, Hugo Boss, Karl Lagerfeld, Yohji Yamamoto and many more.
This unique Master¡¯s programme will give candidates the opportunity to study in both LASALLE-SIA in Singapore and ESMOD in Paris. Both cities will offer an educational and industry experience particular to the culture and environment of the East and West. Graduates of this programme will step from this unique platform into an arena of international fashion design.
The Fashion Institute will also introduce PhD programmes in the future that encourage individual research and the development of new knowledge.
Another international initiative for the Fashion Institute is LASALLE-SIA¡¯s partnership with Southern (Nanfang) Television (TVS) in Guangzhou, China, to launch a Young Fashion Designer of the Year Competition from 2006.
Earlier this year, LASALLE-SIA¡¯s President & CEO, Professor Robert Ely, was in Guangzhou to judge TVS¡¯ annual modelling competition - The New Silk Road Model Contest, for which many of the apparel featured was designed by LASALLE-SIA¡¯s final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students. The College was the only institution outside China to have its fashion designs featured in the competition and broadcast live.
Launch of the Fashion Institute of Singapore
The Fashion Institute will be launched in the first quarter of 2006 by well-known British fashion designer Mark Eley with a line-up of fashion events and celebrities of the international fashion world.
Mark Eley, is one half of British/Japanese fashion duo, Eley Kishimoto. Established in 1992, Eley Kishimoto is rapidly establishing a name for itself as one of the UK¡¯s most fashionable contemporary fashion houses. It is synonymous for its print-led fashion collection and interior range, and has built a cult following in the US, UK and Japan.
Its direction is reminiscent of the holistic approach adopted by designers during the Art Deco period. Mark Eley has also been appointed as the Fashion Institute¡¯s first Visiting Professorial Chair. As Visiting Professorial Chair, Mark, with his vast experience, will contribute to the Fashion Institute¡¯s international dimension and strategic growth.
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