SINGAPORE – At the invitation of Dover Park Hospice, Raffles Singapore took part in the Dover Park Hospice Sunflower Gala Ball 2016 on 19 August.
Dover Park Hospice was founded in 1992 as a secular, nonprofit organisation to meet the ever-growing need for hospice care in Singapore for terminally-ill patients. It is Singapore’s first purpose-built hospice designed to provide a serene environment close to nature. It is open to everyone regardless of age, race, religion or income level.
Two months prior to the event, Dover Park Hospice visited Raffles Singapore and discussed with the Fashion Design Department, led by Mr. Giuseppe (Joe) SPINELLI, Principal and Programme Director, on the possibility of Raffles Fashion Designers designing an outfit for the choir group (GEM) at the annual fund-raising gala dinner. Joe agreed spontaneously to the request as it was something very meaningful for the students to work on.
Focusing on the theme for the year, ‘Pop-Art Revolution’, Raffles Fashion Designers from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fashion Design (Top Up) programme were appointed to take on this project. Led by Creative Practitioners Jay QUEK, Madeleine WONG and Arzelle MERWE, the group of students set out to prepare the pieces.
After a month of preparation, the works of 12 designers were chosen for the choir group. The 12 designers met up with the individual choir members and did fitting for them.
The Sunflower Gala Ball 2016’s Guest of Honour was Ms Grace FU, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Leader of the House. GEM took centre stage in their specially-designed outfits and the audience was captivated by their performance. It was a memorable night for all participants from Raffles Singapore.
Raffles Singapore is glad to have made a difference to society through a meaningful event like this. We look forward to engaging our students more often in charitable activities to provide them with an alternative view to the world of design, other than practical lessons.
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