ZARA scouts Raffles in search of fresh talent

image001 Delhi, Hong Kong and Singapore – Raffles Delhi, Raffles Hong Kong and Raffles Singapore were proud to host giant fashion group Inditex, owner of international fashion-forward brands like ZARA, Pull & Bear,Massimo Dutti and Bershka, during their campus visits. The company came to Raffles campuses in hopes of finding fresh blood for their international internships and their ZARA GO! programme. The latter offers candidates an opportunity to work at the headquarters of Inditex in Galicia, Spain for one year to master the operations of the company. Upon completion of their training, candidates can work in an Asian country of their choice.

The international interviewing panel from Inditex was led by Human Resources Director of ZARA India Ms. Betty Catharine Hygrell, Human Resources Manager Ms. Manvi Burman, Mr. Jose Luis, recruitment team of ZARA China, and Ms Christina Velesco Diez from Human Resources Asia.

With more than 6,200 stores in 86 countries and a consumer base of millions, ZARA’s visit naturally created a
big buzz among Raffles Designers and Entrepreneurs. Soon-to-be graduates saw it as an opportunity to enter
the industry of their dreams that was not to be missed.

Zara’s visit to our college has been an enriching experience, as we got to learn about how the brand and industry works in great detail,” said Garima Singh, a student of Fashion Marketing and Management. “It has been really helpful for me in my area of study, as I now know the different roles and tasks of people in the various job fields in such a brand. We got a chance to interact and learn from them, as well as the chance to submit our CVs to them which is a big oppimage003ortunity for all of us.

Raffles Creative Practitioners were similarly appreciative of the educational experience that their students got.

“These kind of international activities make our students more conscious of how the world of fashion works”, said
Maria Cuadrado, who teaches Fashion Marketing.

“Having the opportunity to access information straight from the horse’s mouth is really valuable. Also, being interviewed by professional recruiters is a great experience for an international school.” Zurina Naicker, a Fashion Design Creative Practitioner, echoed her colleague’s sentiments, praising the team for being “highly experienced,
well prepared and enthusiastic.

Laura, part of the ZARA team, had nothing but compliments for Raffles talents, saying, “All of them come from a very
strong background in fashion and they are also very business-minded, which is something that ZARA is looking for to
join the team.” Laura also revealed her excitement in having long-term collaborations with Raffles to engage more
budding talents.

Raffles thanks Inditex for their visit, and wishes all hopeful candidates the best of luck.

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Raffles makes its mark on the spring / summer 2014 fashion calendar

Sydney, Australia – The Raffles brand soared to greater heights in the 2014 Spring/Summer

fashion season through the participation in several major fashion event in the international arena.

The “Raffles International Showcase” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) 2014 showcased

the creations by emerging Raffles Fashion Designers;

From Raffles Sydney: Diyana Kosso, Gabriel Lee, Sara Aljaism, and William Brunton.

From Raffles Singapore: Sheila Agatha Wijaya, Sean Loh, and Paul Nathaphol.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a celebration of fashion and culture. In its fourth consecutive year,

the Raffles International Showcase holds a reputation for presenting original, innovative and distinguished

design talent from across the Asia Pacific. The Raffles Fashion Designers featured are blossoming leaders of

tomorrow, having made waves as they showcased their creations at the MBFWA 2014. Their designs received

positive reviews, paving the way for a bigger success as they build their brand and reputation.

Raffles Shanghai invited to Christian Dior Haute Couture (April 2014)

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Shanghai, China ‐ Raffles Shanghai
was one of 16 top design schools worldwide to be invited to Christian Dior’s haute couture fashion show in Paris, France.

The three‐day, all‐expenses‐paid trip by
Dior gave participants a rare opportunity
to tour Dior’s headquarters and attend a workshop, conference and haute couture show.

Raffles Shanghai selected its top three fashion design students — Xu Yingjin,
Wu Die and Fu Yuji — to fly to Paris with Fashion Design Assistant Programme Director Liz Thng.

Together with delegates from other schools, they visited Dior’s ateliers on Avenue Montaigne
and saw first-hand how the haute couture artisans painstakingly finish the intricate garments
that would become the central motif of the collection for the haute couture show. The delegates
were also given a tour of Dior’s headquarters as well as informative lectures on the maison’s
culture and history by the CEO, Sidney Toledano, and the Archivist, Soizic Pfaff.

This trip also gave the Raffles Fashion Designers the rare opportunity to interact with couture designers and other students who share the same passion and talent in fashion design. At the workshop, they met designers from other LVMH houses such as Louis Vuitton and Celine, who shared their experience with the students. The highly anticipated event of the Paris trip was undoubtedly the couture show, which took place at the Musée Rodin. Although the students had a sneak peek of the collection at the workshop earlier, they were still excited to see the completed haute couture, accentuated with exquisite accessories, on the runway.

“This is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience!” Xu Yingjin exclaimed. “The show is spectacular. I think
this Paris trip will have a huge influence on me and my design.”

The Raffles Fashion Designers could hardly conceal their undeniable excitement. Fu Yuji expressed his desire to become a top designer in the future. “Of course, I need to study harder to achieve that,” he said.

Wu Die realised the importance of English when she communicated with students from other schools. “Everybody is communicating in English. A designer needs to express a concept effectively in English. As a design student, it is crucial to master a foreign language.”

From Dior’s perspective, the point of this grand gesture was to share the passion and savoir‐faire of haute couture to a new generation of would‐be fashion designers. The exclusive invitation by Dior has proven Raffles Shanghai’s standing in the industry. This is another successful milestone of the school’s strong partnership with the industry to groom students into leaders of tomorrow. Raffles Shanghai will continue to excel and strive to nurture more new design talents for China’s fashion industry.

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