PolyU sets trend with sportswear course
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will launch the city's first-ever sportswear design programme in September.
Sponsored by the sportswear industry, the course aims to train professional Hong Kong designers in the field.
PolyU's Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) provided details of the curriculum at a press conference held earlier this week. ITC said the programme had received a boost, with a donation of HK$628,000 from Win Hanverky Holdings Limited.
The press conference was followed by a mini-fashion show where ITC students modelled sportswear outfits.
ITC's associate professor, Dr Allan Chan, explained that the semester-long programme, entitled 'Sportswear Design and Manufacture', would cover the global sportswear market, history of popular sports and sportswear, and design concepts, fabrics and materials for sportswear.
Dr Chan said sportswear had become popular among consumers all over the world. With Beijing scheduled to host the 2008 Olympic Games, he predicted that the demand for sportswear would grow both in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
He hopes the new elective subject will increase the competitiveness in Hong Kong's sportswear design industry.
It will be offered to 22 second-year ITC students from September and will also include an internship programme which will allow them to have on-the-job experience.
First-year ITC student, Shirley Cheung, was one of the models at the mini-fashion show. Ms Cheung, who likes to play badminton, is hoping to join the programme. 'The fabrics and materials used in sportswear are specialised. They should offer a cooling effect, comfort and great flexibility,' she said.
Crystal Chan, another first-year ITC student who is also planning to take the course, said: 'Sportswear has a wider market when compared with other types of clothing, but there aren't enough sportswear designers in Hong Kong.'