Pathways for Sydney students to New York City

Monday, 25 June 2012
Fashion teacher Holly Siles returned to ST George College after 5 weeks with a catalogue of contracts and multiple projects in the pipeline to help Sydney Institute build links with one of the leading fashion capitals in the world. Siles was one of the 31 teachers Fashion teacher Holly Siles returned to ST George College after 5 weeks with a catalogue of contracts and multiple projects in the pipeline to help Sydney Institute build links with one of the leading fashion capitals in the world.

Siles was one of the 31 teachers in New South Wales to win a prestigious teaching scholarship from Premier Barry O’Farrel and went to New York to observe American training techniques and set up partnerships with fashion schools and design houses.

Sydney institute aims  to offer its fashion students study tours to New York in the near future, with internships at Ralph Lauren and an embassy-sponsored study exchange program with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Siles explained: “My major goal for going to New York was to initiate a partnership between Sydney Institute and FIT to provide global opportunities for our students and we are working on projects now to ensure that happens.

“It was really reassuring to see that FIT, and also Parsons Design School which Donna Karan went to, teach and train their students in a similar way to us.”

Siles’s trip will also initiate a series of guest lectures and seminars at Sydney TAFE by New York fashion experts which in turn should help pave the way for leaders of the Australian fashion industry to showcase their talents in New York.