Fashion education in the UAE is on the rise with courses such as the London College of Fashion, which returns to Dubai next week from 8-22 October. The biggest edition thus far, a total of 16 courses are being offered by the institute’s well-known lecturers. Taking place once again at Vida Hotel in Downtown Dubai, the continuation of such courses reveals the region’s increasing need for fashion education and certification from a world-renowned institute such as the London College of Fashion.
“I found Dubai to have a growing population of bloggers which are desiring more in-depth knowledge of the fashion industry,” says course teacher Sharon Hughes. “They are now ready for business models and marketing concepts that they can work with in the UAE. Students that have expressed an interest in our courses already have their hands on the pulse of fashion business either through magazines, blogs, social media, and they are eager to gain more formal education tied with an internationally-recognized institution such as the London College of Fashion.”
Among the courses offered this time around are the return of past favorites, such as Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Social & Digital Media for Fashion along with brand new editions, including Fashion Merchandising and Planning, Luxury Fashion Brand Management Consultancy and the second and third chapters for the Starting Your Own Fashion Label series.
Starting Your Own Fashion Label by Toby Meadows has been so popular that this edition now sees the course in its second and third chapters. When we first embarked upon bringing our short course programme to Dubai, we felt there was a lack of educational opportunities in the region on the business side of fashion,” says Meadows. “LCF has filled that gap over the years by offering individuals the chance to learn from the best and venture into UAE’s strong retail industry with confidence. We felt it opportune to introduce courses to the Middle East and we recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of young people in the region.” The course is adept for anyone wishing to launch their own fashion label, and will prepare students for all the stages required before the launch. For example, Production, the second part of the course taught by Clair George, a consultant and freelance trainer with a wealth of knowledge in garment manufacturing and product development process, teaches skills on how to produce your fashion garments. The third course in the series is Buying and Distribution. It is led by Sue Dean, a well-known business fashion consultant, whose previous clients include hugely successful multi brand retailers Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.
“We’ve had an overwhelming level of interest for our Dubai Short Courses since our pilot program,” adds Meadows. “The cross section of students signing up for Starting Your Own Fashion Label 1, the consultancy sessions and the other courses on offer have been very interesting with an excellent balance between expats and locals throughout the last several editions. The Middle East fashion industry houses many incredibly talented designers. It’s a big emerging market and every year we see an influx of new students who are exceptionally entrepreneurial and dedicated to fashion education and following in the footsteps of other successful designers. The fashion scene in Dubai is constantly growing and this has been reflected in the popularity of the Starting Your Own Fashion Label course so much so we have now introduced two further complementing courses in the series, Production and Buying & Distribution.”
This is your chance to gain more knowledge about the fashion industry from the entrepreneurs, designers and other enthusiasts to which you so aspire.
For more information, visit www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/courses/short-courses/dubai/ Tel: + 971 50 915 0759