The College of Fashion and Design Dubai Celebrates a Year of Success
A year on since the College of Fashion & Design Dubai opened in 2017 we spoke with Dr. Al Anjari, President & CEO of the CFD, on the first year and their exciting plans for the future.
Since the launch of the College of Fashion & Design Dubai in 2017 what have been the college’s key successes to date?
In this inaugural year, we are proud to have set up state-of-the-art facilities in Business Bay and obtained full accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education in the UAE. We have launched three programs that integrate fashion knowledge with business savvy to succeed in the competitive fashion world: a Diploma in Fashion and Design and two Bachelor programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management.
Our students are enthusiastic about the opportunities provided by the college and are very active both in their classes and in the fashion community. CFD student, Malika, recently won the Centrepoint Spacesuit Competition out of a field of 300 competitors from across the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Students were requested to submit designs for how they expect a space fashion collection to look in a not-too-distant decade and Malika’s was considered to be the most creative and appealing.
CFD students also participated in an international competition to create designs with an African theme to create products that will be sold to raise money for a charity project in Mozambique. The judges were so impressed with the students’ designs that rather than only choosing one, they selected three designs and will create adult T-shirts, children’s T-shirt and tote bags.
CFD has hosted five Fashion Forums where industry experts share their experience and insights with students. Topics have included the impact of e-commerce and social media on the fashion industry, the role of stylists in promoting fashion brands, and the revolutionary effect of influencers on brand awareness.
Partnering with Modest Fashion Week attracted a number of new students to CFD, especially for the highly popular short courses in Abaya Design and Designing a Fashion Collection. CFD was honored to share the stage with HH Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi, chair of the CFD Board of Trustees, for an insightful presentation about the evolution of the abaya from local to global.
Students also learned the behind-the-scenes secrets of presenting a fashion show by volunteering at two spectacular events, The Royal Gala by HH Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi and Walid Atallah’s luxury fashion show. Conceptualized by CFD Assistant Professor, Dr. Haifa Al Anjari, the students organized, prepared and modeled in the magical, in-house show, Arabian Nights, featuring traditional Arabic garments from the region.
The World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi invited international competitors to demonstrate their vocational skills in a number of areas including design and pattern making. CFD was there to demonstrate embroidery techniques and support the fashion industry. At the International Apparel and Textile Fair, CFD presented innovative textile manipulation techniques.
What have been the future plans for 2018 and beyond?
In the near future, CFD is planning an exciting fashion show at Mirdif City Centre on June 23rd that will showcase local fashion designers as well as talented school dancers, musicians and artists. The “Fashion Hunt” is also underway, a competition for high school seniors, to find the next talented, aspiring fashion designer who will win a 50% scholarship to study at CFD.
Looking ahead, CFD will be welcoming a large batch of new students in September and expanding its program and event offerings.
What has been the main purpose and objectives for launching and founding the CFD?
CFD was launched to fill a gap in the Dubai market. It was clear that in order to support the ambitious growth plans for the fashion industry in Dubai, there was the need for a fully accredited college dedicated to fashion in the UAE that provides excellent training in both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Based on the feedback that CFD has received from industry partners, this goal is being successfully achieved.
How does the College of Fashion & Design Dubai support emerging designers and local talent within the region?
CFD fully supports the development of emerging designers. In addition to providing short courses in various fashion and business skills such as design, pattern making, photography and marketing, CFD also offers free use of the photography studio for fashion shoots and the main event hall for fashion shows to emerging designers. CFD has recently signed an MOU with the Dubai Design and Fashion Council to work together to develop the fashion industry in Dubai.
What are the key courses that the College of Fashion & Design Dubai offer?
CFD offers a 2-year Diploma in Fashion and Design as well as two 4-year Bachelor programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management. In addition, the college offers a suite of short courses covering topics such as Photography, Luxury Marketing, Blogging, Styling and more.
How can prospective students find out more?
Prospective students can come for a campus tour, attend one of our fashion forum events, join a short course or join our summer fashion camp. Find out the details on the website: www.cfd-dubai.com