High Achiever: Andrei
Course: Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design
Andrei got smart early on in his fashion education and chose to combine both learning and the opportunity to study abroad. Starting off with an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design at Raffles College of Higher Education, KL, he then moved on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in the sister college in Singapore.;
While he was in Singapore, he also had the unusual opportunity of competing in the Star Designer Awards, 2004 as one of 10 finalists, giving him the chance to study and showcase his work professionally at the same time. "I was still studying in Singapore then and preparing for my graduation show so it was pretty tough to come back and forth for meetings and shoots but it was worth while even though I didn't win and was good experience," he shares.
Understanding the importance of keeping in line with young happening culture, Andrei undertook the cool experience of participating in the Zouk Graduate of the Year Award (2004), an annual award open to all graduates around Singapore. Coming in as one of the finalists, he made a mark for himself as the only menswear designer for the competition.
Now a fashion designer for Italian sportswear, and with hopes to start his own business, Andrei looks back fondly to his days at Raffles, acknowledging it as "A stepping stone to greater heights. It's an introduction to the fashion culture - you've got to learn the basics of fashion design and art before entering the world that's filled of fun, 'phat' and aesthetic views. The college will be a place where you will find whether you are really suitable for this kind of life or not".
Andrei even attributes much of what he has learnt about life to the college. "The best aspects of studying at Raffles will be the people communication. I've gained a lot in terms of knowledge and learning about life."
"Nothing comes easy!" he adds before advising prospective students that, "You have to be dedicated and willing to learn new things. Raffles offers a good foundation in terms of design."