International Fashion Design graduates from Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Australia presented their fashion collections at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Ayaka Ichikawa, Crystal Tsoi, Gabriel Lee and Winson Tan showcased their hard work and talents to an audience that included trade professionals and media.
Prior to the MBFWA, all four participants went through an intensive mentor program with respected and prominent fashion professionals. They included: Wayne Cooper, Josh Goot, Mitchell Oakley Smith, Trish Nicol, Jarrad Clark, and Eva Galambos. From them, our graduates learnt about various industry standards, “trade secrets”, and the need to be aware of fashion design’s commercial value.
The four fashion design graduates showcasing their collections at fashion week this year hail from the four corners of the Orient: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Malaysia, albeit with a Bachelor of Design education which was undertaken at our Raffles North Sydney campus. Each one of them represents the future of fashion in our dynamic and ever-changing global market. Raffles College is at the forefront of this news and exciting design frontier,” said Mr Robert De Giovanni, Program Director of Fashion Design & Marketing at Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Australia.
About Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia
The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week happens in Australia once a year. In 2012, it took place on 30 April to 4th May. Fashion designers from around the world made their way to the Overseas Passenger Terminal – near the edge of the rich and vibrant backdrop of Sydney Harbour.
What is the big deal about fashion shows?
Any aspiring fashion designer should set eyes on attending, volunteering, or creating collections for fashion shows. To the public, it is good entertainment to watch beautiful people parading around in gorgeous outfits fleshed out from the imaginations of talented designers. To designers, sponsors, organizers and media, it is their chance to shine.
Here are a few other good reasons why you should strive to put your designs on an international runway:
– You can meet new people who could be potential partners like models, buyers, suppliers, or media.
– Industry people will be looking at your works – which is a good way to get job opportunities. Some designers get approached and interviewed on the spot. So be prepared with name cards.
– Inspire yourself with works of other designers and identify your strengths and weaknesses through comparisons.
– Experience what it is like to organize a fashion show backstage. With this knowledge, you can organize your own shows for your own label.
– It is good for your portfolio and résumé.