Students display professional poise
BOLDLY inventive and sheerly professional - this was the overall impression left by the fashion show given by students receiving the Sha Tin Technical Institute's Diploma in Design Fashion this year.
The impressive graduation show was held recently at the Regent Hotel.
Clothes ranged from off-beat casual to classy evening outfits with a stylised classic Chinese touch.
The two-year Diploma in Design Fashion is offered by the Vocational Training Council. In the first year, the course covers the broader aspects of design as well as fashion-related subjects, such as print making, photography, drawing and fashion workshops.
Second year students are trained in all aspects of the fashion design business. Areas include fashion design projects, fashion illustration, fashion photography and fashion workshops.
In the workshops, students ''translate'' ideas they have developed in the projects into the actual garments. The graduation show was, in fact, a realisation of the students' own creative ideas.
Students in the second year are encouraged to enter design competitions. Five of this year's graduates were finalists in the First Smirnoff Fashion Award Final.
On completing the diploma course, graduates either enter the fashion industry as assistant designers or go on to higher education.
Several graduates of previous years have entered the Swire School of Design and gone on to win major awards in the Trade Development Council's ''Young Designer of the Year'', one of the highlights of Hongkong's annual Fashion Week.