August 8, 2022

Fashion institute of the Philippines brings back face-to-face classes

Fashion evolves with the times. It has always been one of the many physical manifestations of the beat of society. And when the pandemic called for a digital exodus, fashion became more alive on the internet through a multitude of virtual runway shows, e-commerce websites, and even the presence of URL clothing in the metaverse. Another aspect of it that took a digital leap is fashion education. While there are benefits that come from virtual classes, especially during the height of COVID-19, learning fashion and design side by side with mentors is still the best way to master the craft.

Among the many local fashion schools returning to in-person classes is Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP). Apart from its comeback to its pre-pandemic setup, the school is also inviting upcoming students to explore its new home in Jollibee Plaza in Ortigas.

Photo by Chito Espano

“Like many businesses during the pandemic, the school decided to transfer most of its courses online due to the temporary closing of the physical space. It took more than two years to get our footing, and it felt right that we restart our face-to-face classes in a new venue,” FIP’s new director Patrick Lazol tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Many would say that FIP has become their version of Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. The school remains the same, an incubator for fashion and creative aspirants, hungry to conquer the fashion industry, but with a new perspective right at the center of the Ortigas Business District.”

During the pandemic, the school was able to bring its mission of honing future leaders of Philippine fashion by transitioning its classes online as early as June 2020, making it one of the first schools to do online fashion education in the country, according to Patrick. This led the school to widen its reach, teaching students from different parts of the country and other nations like Taiwan, Singapore, and the UAE. FIP continues to offer virtual classes, as long as it meets its target number of students.

Photo by Chito Espano
Photo by Chito Espano

Apart from its basic design, pattenrmaking, sewing, and draping classes, fashion students can also explore the other facets of the industry, which include styling, photography, merchandising, marketing, and beauty in its in-person class offerings.

“Fashion is not just visceral, it requires handwork and direct supervision from instructors and mentors. Classes like sewing, draping, and couture techniques need a discerning eye to evaluate the student’s work,” Patrick says.

“We believe FIP has made fashion education approachable and easy to learn. Our founder would always say, the FIP is open to everyone and anyone, as long as you have the passion or the desire for fashion,” he adds. “This fuels the students to explore opportunities and grow. The school acts as a conduit for the students to push their boundaries while being technically trained in patternmaking and sewing. A holistic and balanced approach to creativity and technical prowess.”

Learn more about FIP Ortigas’ courses and face-to-face class schedules by visiting its official Facebook page.


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Fashion institute of the Philippines brings back face-to-face classes

Fashion evolves with the times. It has always been one of the many physical manifestations of the beat of society. And when the pandemic called for a digital exodus, fashion became more alive on the internet through a multitude of virtual runway shows, e-commerce websites, and even the presence of URL clothing in the metaverse. Another aspect of it that took a digital leap is fashion education. While there are benefits that come from virtual classes, especially during the height of COVID-19, learning fashion and design side by side with mentors is still the best way to master the craft.

Among the many local fashion schools returning to in-person classes is Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP). Apart from its comeback to its pre-pandemic setup, the school is also inviting upcoming students to explore its new home in Jollibee Plaza in Ortigas.

Photo by Chito Espano

“Like many businesses during the pandemic, the school decided to transfer most of its courses online due to the temporary closing of the physical space. It took more than two years to get our footing, and it felt right that we restart our face-to-face classes in a new venue,” FIP’s new director Patrick Lazol tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “Many would say that FIP has become their version of Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole. The school remains the same, an incubator for fashion and creative aspirants, hungry to conquer the fashion industry, but with a new perspective right at the center of the Ortigas Business District.”

During the pandemic, the school was able to bring its mission of honing future leaders of Philippine fashion by transitioning its classes online as early as June 2020, making it one of the first schools to do online fashion education in the country, according to Patrick. This led the school to widen its reach, teaching students from different parts of the country and other nations like Taiwan, Singapore, and the UAE. FIP continues to offer virtual classes, as long as it meets its target number of students.

Photo by Chito Espano
Photo by Chito Espano

Apart from its basic design, pattenrmaking, sewing, and draping classes, fashion students can also explore the other facets of the industry, which include styling, photography, merchandising, marketing, and beauty in its in-person class offerings.

“Fashion is not just visceral, it requires handwork and direct supervision from instructors and mentors. Classes like sewing, draping, and couture techniques need a discerning eye to evaluate the student’s work,” Patrick says.

“We believe FIP has made fashion education approachable and easy to learn. Our founder would always say, the FIP is open to everyone and anyone, as long as you have the passion or the desire for fashion,” he adds. “This fuels the students to explore opportunities and grow. The school acts as a conduit for the students to push their boundaries while being technically trained in patternmaking and sewing. A holistic and balanced approach to creativity and technical prowess.”

Learn more about FIP Ortigas’ courses and face-to-face class schedules by visiting its official Facebook page.


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