Fashion Institute of the Philippines have so far, since its opening in 2003, shared its easy-to-learn methods and techniques to already thousands of national and international students, professional designers, business entrepreneurs, housewives and hobbyists, second coursers, and other professionals (lawyers, architects, engineers, nuns, accountants, movie and tv personalities, socialites and diplomats’ wives).
The Fashion Institute of the Philippines has trained suppliers, staff and prime movers of leading fashion chains (Bayo, Freeway, Penshoppe, Genevieve Gozum Boutiques, YRYS, Celine Marketing Group, Bench, Natasha, SM, Landmark, Robinson’s, The Ramp Crossings and other independent brands in department stores) and has produced leading names in the Philippine fashion industry: Star Magic designer Francis Libiran, Jerome Ang, Ronaldo Arnaldo, John Herrera, Paul Herrera, Julius Tarog, Dennis Martin, Zxander Tan, Ferdie Abuel, Happy Andrada, Popo Go, Pia Perey (designed Angelina Jolie’s Salt movie premier gown), Hollywood designer Oliver Tolentino… to mention a few. If not doing their own business, our graduates are occupying key design and marketing positions in leading boutiques and chains, clothing manufacturers and department stores and are very much in demand in fashion houses and manufacturers in China, Dubai and the Middle East.
Established by then Canada/Paris-based designer Shanon Pamaong (Canadian Faces of Fashion Awardee and Fashion Week 2007 Hewlett-Packard Awardee, pioneer faculty of La Salle College International), FIP has produced grand winners and champions in design competitions: Aries Lagat (Mega Young Designer Grand Champion 2006, Project Runway 1st Season Grand Champion), John Herrera ( Mega Magazine Most Promising Designer, Represented the Philippines in the Japan design Competition), Jerome Ang (Represented the Philippines in the Singapore Design Competition), Regine Dulay (Represented the Philippines in the Arts of Fashion in Miami, Florida), Paul Herrera (Young Designer Competition for Paris Grand Winner – Accessories Division), Vanessa Ang (Mega Young Designer Grand Champion 2008), Cherry Veric (Project Runway 2nd Season Finalist), Aram Loe and Jearson Demavivas (Mega Young Designer Competiton 2010 Finalists), Seph Bagasao and Renz Reyes (Preview Magazine Emerging Talents Awardees 2011), and Oz Go (Philippine Representative to the Arts of Fashion 2011, San Francisco, California).
Fashion Institute of the Philippines offers direct to the point technical instructions and hands on training on the following courses:
- BASIC FASHION DESIGN - Elements and principles of fashion design , textiles and texture, color schemes, figure analysis in aid of designing, fabric estimates and garment costing. Flat sketches and sketching the fashion figure in proper proportion with accurate garment details and color schemes. Portfolio preparation, design presentation and other aspects to enhance one's ability to create a design or collection.
- BASIC PATTERN MAKING - Achieving the right fit and proportion through proper measuring techniques. Construction of personalized patterns particularly on women's wear as well as standard pattern blocks of various styles of skirts, bodice variations, set-in sleeves and collars.
- CHILDREN’S WEAR - Drafting of basic pattern blocks for various clothing styles for infants, toddler, children, junior boys and junior girls. Grading of patterns blocks to different sizes for mass production.
- MENSWEAR - Drafting of basic as well as more complicated patterns for menswear. Emphasis on the male body measurements and putting the right ease according to clothing type - body fit t-shirts, executive shirts, jeans style pants and slacks, blazers and sportswear.
- FASHION MERCHANDISING - Basic Fashion Merchandising course revolves around the business side of fashion and offers e opportunities for students.
- FASHION BUYING - This course focuses on a complete fashion retail business management process. From startup business plan, planning sales, planning cycle, inventory planning, intake for day to day management of business.
- FASHION STYLING - Introduces students to personal and professional styling through mastery of different body types (problem areas and solutions), Power dressing and styling for formal occasions, accessorizing and wardrobe coordination for themed, editorial pictorials. Course also includes the elements and guidelines for organizing a photoshoot. Students will accomplish a professional stylist portfolio.Interview guidelines as well as hands-on experience with magazine photoshoots.
- FASHION MAKE-UP - Basics of make-up for day and glamour applications. As well as specilaty make-up for fashion and bridal photography. Student will learn to choose the correct foundation, concealing flaws and using eye make-up blush and lipstick to emphasize and enhance your features. Professional photo sessions assists students to develop a portfolio of their work.
- FASHION HAIRSTYLING - Tips and techniques on sectioning, blowdrying, straightening, crimping,
curling and rollers, fixing extensions and experimets on different hairstyles like ballet bun, ox horns, chignon, french twist, different kinds of braids as well as using the influence of iconic hairstyles (eg. Farrah Faucet, Audey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and etc.), period and avante garde hairstyles.
- FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY - Basic fundamentals on digital photography, composition, studio lighting, concept making and fashion directing. Hands-on training on glamour, commercial, high fashion (haute couture) and freestyle photography as well as creating series on individual story through photography.
- FASHION EMBELLISHMENTS AND BEADING - Various types of embellishments for accesories, fabric painting, screen printing, and beading using sequins,cut beads, bugle beads, crystals, rhinestones, pearls and other beading techniques.
- FASHION ACCESSORIES - Emphasis is on necklaces, chokers, earrings, bracelets and bangles. Students will learn about the types of beads, glass, finishes used, bead sizes, threads and cords, stringing beads, findings, wireworks, finishings, colors and texture, design inspitations as well as sourcing of materials.
- KNITWEAR - Emphasis on the structure of knitted garments: jersey, 2x1 ribbing, full needle and cable; machine knitting of, plackets, collar, bodice hem, cuff, sleeves.
- SEWING FOR LADIES' WEAR - The basics and foundation of sewing. Emphasis on dressmaking, sewing operations and procedures, quality of the stitching job, proper pressing techniques, darts, tucks, pleats, sleeves and cuffs, hems, collars, and other technical sewing skills. Sewing skirts of various styles, bodice and blouse variations , dresses with darts or princess seams as well as bias dresses.
- MENSWEAR TAILORING - Garment construction for menswear. Emphasis on t-shirt, shirt, barong, pants, unlined and fully constructed blazers and trench coat.
- HAUTE COUTURE TECHNIQUES - Exploration of new fashion areas for designing apparel and the application of various high fashion sewing techniques used in the couture houses in Milan and Paris - the twist, cowls, swirls, draping, texturizing with ruching, trapunto, smocking, lace sculpturing, beading and much more.