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Mapa grads: It’s never too late to become a designer

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FOURTEEN talented graduates from Mapa Vocational Fashion School presented their ‘Mini Collections’, in a fashion extravaganza at Futures Factory in Phnom Penh last Sunday.

The show entitled ‘Show Me Something’ was the theme for a MaPa Fashion Show 2019 on Graduation Day.

Speaking at the event, Pov Sithan, manager of Mapa Vocational Fashion School, said it is the first time the school celebrated its students in such a big way, to showcase their handiwork to the public.

There were two batches in the graduation and graduates had to create their own fashion shows of three styles each, said Mr Sithan.

He said the school is fulfilling a mission of creating more designers, in a country which has an abundance of tailors, so that young, savvy people can design their own fashion trend.

“Some students are older, who hold their own jobs and with families but they still come to attend our course. The school encourages even the older ones so they can still follow their dream vocation,” Mr Sithan added.

One of 14 graduates, Kheang Sathaboramin, 28, said despite her family commitments, she is still encouraged by her husband who understands that she has a talent to develop in the lucrative business. “It’s been a long time, I love this skill and after much delay, I am now reaching my dream. The school was really beneficial. Even if you don’t know how to sketch, it does not matter, the teachers will teach you how to do just that,” said Ms Sathaboramin.

She plans to run her own shop where tailors will cut the cloth but according to her designs.

“If the tailor make clothes from my designs, it means my work is good and I can be proud of that,” Ms Sathaboramin added.

Another young designer Seng Sovannrachana said she has cherished dress design from a young age. When she finished Grade 12, she wasted no time in following her dream by immediately starting on the course.

“My parents thought about the job market but they said to ‘follow my heart’, and I think now in the country, people have built an interest in fashion,” she said.

“I encourage every young person to follow their dreams, than to just listen to the nay-sayers,” she added.

Ms Rachana said she has no plan to run her own shop for now but to work at a company for experience and when she has enough money, would open her own shop.

MaPa is a vocational fashion school that was founded in 2017 by Cambodian fashion designer Ranet Sieng, aiming to reach out to local talents with a passion for fashion.

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