Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The First and Only international fashion school in the Philippines

As graduating fashion designers of LaSalle College International-Manila (LCI-Manila), presented their collections, the local fashion industry witnessed with much enthusiasm and optimism an event that shaped the future of fashion in the country.

LCI-Manila’s 6th Graduation Fashion Show was held on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City. The show aptly titled “The Contemporary Filipiniana”, unveiled a compilation of designs inspired by our own culture and tradition, all original creations of the graduating class that have met the highest standards of accuracy, exact measurements and precise cutting patterns.
The concept behind the event was to showcase fresh fashion ideas and new twists on classic themes; exciting experimentations on texture, fabrication and youthful takes on color.

This show was a positive experience for everyone involved. The audience were treated to a fabulous fashion show, the graduating designers got a great platform to show and sell their creations, the makeup artists and stylists had an opportunity to show their talent, the models wore beautiful clothes which added to their runway experience, the sponsors reached a targeted audience that is receptive to their message, and the attending press acquired some great content for their editorials.

Fashion Design graduates included Athena Colico-Tandoc, Patricia Santos, Sonja Lehmann, Mikaela Hahn, Phuong Doan, Margarita Regala, Engie Ness Garcia, Kristine Bautista, and Noelle Miranda.

Guest speaker was Miss Valerie ”Choc” Religioso, an alumna herself of LCI-Manila Batch 2004. She said, “Putting up our atelier business CHOC AND YVETTE RELIGIOSO as well as our retail business RELIGIOSO was never a walk in the park. It took us 5 years to build the brand . What brought us where we are today is years of hard work, sheer determination of knowing that in time small dreams become big realities and most important of all, prayers.
I leave you with a verse from Coco Chanel: “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable”.

Direction was by Gerry Katigbak, a renowned fashion designer in the country and one of LCI-Manila’s faculty members which also include mainstream designers Edgar Mendoza and Dax Bayani, among others.

The following are the graduates:

Located at the heart of Makati’s financial district, LaSalle College International (LCI-Manila) is one of 21 schools in 11 countries of LaSalle International network of Montreal,Canada (20 owned by group and 1 franchise) ; recognized as one of the world’s best in fashion and technical education. It is the first and only branch in the Philippines of an international network of fashion schools. The other members of the network are in Algeria , Vancouver, China, Colombia , Indonesia , Morocco , Mexico , Saudi Arabia, Tunisia , and Turkey.

In the Philippines, it started operating in November of 2000 and offers the following courses: 2-Year International Diploma in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing; 1-Year International Certificate in Pattern Maker, Fashion Stylist, and Fashion Buyer; 6-Months International Certificate in Visual Merchandising, Basic Fashion Design, Basic Garment Production; Continuing Technical Education Courses in Fashion Illustration, Men's Patternmaking, Ladies' Patternmaking, Children's Patternmaking, Draping, Fashion Photography, Artistic Make-Up, Basic Make-Up, Fashion Jewelry & Accessories, Textile 1, Drawing 2 and Interior Decoration.

LCI-Manila constantly gives birth to excellent aspiring young fashion entrepreneurs and designers whose creativity and skills get honed to the fullest by no less than the highly personalized training of its competent teachers from the fashion industry and academe....noted fashion designers, marketers, and entrepreneurs who have already proven their mettle as employees/managers early on and now as entrepreneurs. LCI-Manila’s focus is on empowering the learners with the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed as entrepreneurs here and abroad. Thus, they get intensive training in almost all the facets of a business operation. LCI-Manila’s highly personalized instruction attracts students from as far as Australia, China, England, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and the U.S.A.

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