Chance for youngsters to learn fashion designing

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Some of the teens at the Fashion Technology programme.

Do your children like fashion designing? Are they always advising you what to wear and drawing pictures of women and men in different clothes? If so, you may want to sign them up for the Fashion Technology Foundation school holiday programme.

Fashion Technology is a programme conducted by Good Hijab and Institute of Business Excellence, UiTM.

Radziah Radzi, founder/CEO of Good Hijab.

Radziah Radzi, founder/CEO of Good Hijab explains that Fashion Technology consists of three levels: foundation, development and advance.

“The programme exposes participants to knowledge and basic techniques needed to handle everything involved in garment making, including the techniques to create a collection. The emphasis is on developing a creative mind and exploring the possibilities of one’s ideas and injecting a personal identity in the collection.

“It will enhance the knowledge and skills of those interested to become fashion designers and help them understand the techniques involved in constructing the patterns and putting a piece of garment together,” explains Radziah.

The five-day school holiday programme is targeted at youngsters aged 12-17 years old. The dates are Nov 26-30, Dec 3-7, and Dec 10-14 from 9am-5pm at the Institute of Business Excellence, UiTM main campus in Shah Alam.

According to Radziah, the young fashion designers will be taught by experts like programme founder Datin Norsaadah Zakaria, an expert in clothing and design technology who was a lecturer of clothing technology at UiTM, Shah Alam. She has a vast experience in handling clothing and fashion technology programmes. She leads the team of instructors who are selected from expert backgrounds like fashion design, clothing science, and tailoring.

“It will offer hands-on practical training and is a combination of art and craft and designing class so the long hours will benefit the students. Teenagers will have fun creating their personal designs and collections. The eight hours will just fly by as we have discussions, consultations and theory explanations to be presented interchangeably. At the same time, they will have a chance to mingle and socialise with likeminded fashion enthusiasts to share ideas and experiences,” she adds.

She informs that the school holiday programme will be held three times in November and December. Participants can choose which one they want to join. Each school holiday batch will only consist of about 10 youngsters. She believes this is a pioneer programme for youngsters with regard to teaching them fashion designing.

“The idea to start such a programme came after being involved in the education of clothing and fashion technology for many years. Fashion design and sewing are the core of fashion technology. We want to have this programme to nurture the country’s future clothing and fashion innovators.”

Besides a certificate, the students will take home with them their fashion design portfolio and two pieces of their crafted garments.

Participants and presenters of the Fashion Technology programme.

When they have completed the school holiday programme, they can move on to the level 2 and level 3 development programmes.

“When completed, they would have gained the knowledge and skills on creating a collection of garments, understand how fabric is made, the skills to draw fashion figures and fashion sketches, be able to do basic master block from measurements for the upper and lower body using sophisticated specialised tools, and understand how to assemble a blouse and a skirt. Lastly, they would know the technique for developing a fashion portfolio. This programme is really specialised and valuable for those who have a passion in fashion. Its an enjoyable programme for fashion enthusiasts,” informs Radziah.