You might have heard of the Designer Fashion Workshops, and might even have participated in one. The fashion industry veterans behind it—among them Inno Sotto, Jojie Lloren, and Lulu Tan-Gan—have now set up the Asian Fashion Institute (AIF) as the workshops' permanent home, a new academic establishment that will enrich the education available in Manila to those who want to work in the fashion industry, be it as designers or otherwise.
"Lamenting the lack of design identity in Philippine fashion, Lulu says AIF's goal [is] to lead Manila into becoming the next fashion hub of Asia." She says, "We'd like to extend the knowledge that there is more to [fashion] than making and selling clothes. We hope to create a venue for a new, innovative generation of varying careers of fashion professionals."
AIF will be offering formal four-year course in Fashion Design. "Fashion subjects—from the theory of design to the history of fashion design—are introduced as early as the freshman year, and all classes apply the four key components of learning: theory, application, exposure, and mentorship."
To kick things off this summer, AIF will have weekend summer workshops for high school students who want to take up AB Fashion Design. Introduction to Fashion Design for 15-19-year olds addresses the following questions: What does it take to be a fashion designer? What exactly do fashion designers do? The workshop is an "opportunity to learn about fashion design as a college course as well as meet the college's esteemed faculty members. The schedule is as follows:
Meanwhile, the schedule for the Designer Fashion Workshops is as follows:
The Asian Institute of Fashion is located at iAcademy, 3/F, PhilFirst Bldg., 6764 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, call (02) 994-5592 or 0918-8031322, fax (02) 8825305 (ATTN: JTG), or email email@example.com. You can also check out their Facebook page, Asian Institute of Fashion.