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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 13 Mar 2006

NAFA opens Kajima Fashion Boutique Gallery

NAFA launches fashion incubator for students
With strong support from staff, students and alumni, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is taking a bold step in propelling fashion education to the next level by setting up the Kajima Fashion Boutique Gallery.
NAFA established the School of Fashion Studies (SFS) in 1986 and its full-time degree and diploma student population has grown to 330 in 2006.
The Kajima Fashion Boutique Gallery aims to be an incubator of fashion ideas and to forge a spirit of entrepreneurship in NAFA students and alumni.
It is named after Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd, one of the donors to the NAFA Building Fund.
The Boutique Gallery will showcase students¡¯ works and provide a unique opportunity to market their collections to industry partners and the public.
Being a pioneer to implement this concept in Singapore, it is a bold experiment. However, NAFA believes in providing the best learning opportunities to our students for them to realise their dreams. The spirit of risk-taking and the ability to feel the pulse of the market are critical to the success of one¡¯s career.
The Boutique Gallery will help to expose students to the business aspects of the fashion industry under the guidance of our teaching staff, fashion consultant Mr Thomas Wee and marketing consultant Mr Mohamed Yusoff Ismail.
Says Mr Choo Thiam Siew, President of NAFA: ¡°The opening of the Boutique Gallery signifies a new chapter not just for NAFA, but also the grooming of the next generation of fashion talents in Singapore. As Singapore aims to be an international fashion hub, we look forward to playing a part in this vision by being a hothouse where creativity meets business.¡±
The Boutique Gallery was officially opened by Mrs Goh-Tan Choo Leng, Member, NAFA Council, on 10 Mar 2006.
Kajima Fashion Boutique Gallery
Address: NAFA Campus 2, 38 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189654
About Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) has made tremendous strides since its inception in 1938 to become a full-fledged, premier arts institution in Singapore. NAFA enjoys a growing international reputation for its rigorous curricula, innovative teaching methods and distinctive aesthetic creations. Over the years, it has produced a distinguished list of artists, designers and performing arts specialists.
NAFA currently runs three schools: School of Visual Arts, School of Performing Arts and School of Fashion Studies.
The schools offer a comprehensive and exciting array of courses to over 2,000 full-time students. High-quality courses include Fine Art, Multimedia, Visual Communication, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Dance, Music, Theatre, Theatre Production Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design and Arts Management.
About NAFA School of Fashion Studies
Since its launch in 1986, NAFA¡¯s School of Fashion Studies (SFS) has been grooming the next generation of fashion talents. The School offers two Diploma Programmes with specialisation in either Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising and Marketing.
SFS also offers four Degree Programmes in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, UK:
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Textiles
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology
  • BA (Hons) Fashion and Marketing
In line with NAFA¡¯s tradition, SFS prides itself in providing comprehensive skills to the students and in cultivating their own creative vision. SFS keeps pace with the latest development in the market and equips students with the knowledge for a seamless entry to the industry.
Some of the award-winning fashion designers produced by NAFA include:
  • Angelynn Tan ¨C Singapore Fashion Designer of the Year 2002
  • Raymond Heah ¨C Selected to present collection at the prestigious London Graduate International Fashion Week 2004, UK
  • Ian Wang Xianping ¨C First-Time Entrant Award, 2005 World of Wearable Art Show, New Zealand
  • Ju Bo ¨C 2nd Runner-up, Asian Young Fashion Designers Contest 2005
In addition, SFS also provides part-time certified courses for the people in the fashion industry to update their skills.


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