The region’s first accredited college of its kind, the College of Fashion & Design (CFD) opens its doors in January 2017, and has already started enrolling students. The ribbon will be cut and the corridors will be lined with the next generation of fashion industry hopefuls as of January 9th when its debut semester starts. Offering Bachelor courses in Fashion Design (teaching garment construction, textiles, draping and computer aided design, to name but a few check boxes on the curriculum), Fashion Management and a Diploma in Fashion & Design, the CFD cuts into a new territory in the region.
Founding Faculty Member, Assistant Professor Dr. Haifa Al Anjari told Vogue Arabia, “We are very ambitious at the college. The Middle Eastern fashion market is like a rocket. While the industry is global, you can get the same brands in New York shops as you can in Kuwait boutiques. We would like no limit to our reach.” Dr. Al Anjari added that the college hoped to attract students from Asia, Europe and GCC countries. The school has joined forces with the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano to strengthen its connection to the European market and offer a final year exchange for students. “The College of Fashion and Design is also a contribution towards building up the Middle East as a fashion hub, and to inject jobs into the market,” she said. The newly accredited institution (it received official status on November 1st from the Ministry of Education) aims to pipeline sixty career pathways in fashion and design for its students. “We want to integrate them into jobs and uncover the right place for them while they study,” Dr. Al Anjari said.
Located in Business Bay, Dubai, Dr. Al Anjari’s faculty has half a million Dirhams of scholarships to assign, and its global online submissions are coming in already. The textiles professor cites Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Elie Saab as her most inspiring designers to reference in her lectures. A tall order indeed for when the bell rings for class.