International school students à la mode!

Two sixth form students who set their sights on working in the fashion industry have secured coveted places at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.

Robin Last, 17, and Eloise Anthony, 16, both students at Nobel International School since Pre-School and Primary School at Almancil, beat off hundreds of other aspiring fashionistas and fashion entrepreneurs to win places on this popular four-year Bachelor of Arts, taught in English, and offering opportunities to collaborate with students from the London College of Fashion.

Robin, fluent in Dutch, has AS French and this year has taken Maths and Design Technology, and Eloise, originally from England, takes Design Technology and Business Studies.

The students explained that part of the application process was to pass a rigorous final selection day and various tasks including presenting a project to a theme such as sustainability trends, an examination and an interview.

Robin said: “Preparing for the selection day demanded a lot of work on top of our A level studies but I knew this was where I really wanted to go. Fashion is a global industry and coming from an international school, I wanted to continue my studies in an international environment. The university offers international study trips, exchange partnerships and the possibility of internships in foreign countries. It is a hub of knowledge exchange and research projects and, as I am still not sure whether or not I am interested in pursuing fashion design or management, this course allows me to keep my studies broad at this point.”

Eloise added: “It was important for me to feel in safe hands when it comes to the way the course and institute will prepare me for my career and the future – and it’s good to know that students from AMFI have gone on to work with brands such as Vogue, H&M, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. The institute’s alumni are all over the world and it’s possible to connect with them. It is also fantastic to see that there is a focus on sustainable fashion, as there is a project called Beyond Green that attracts speakers from across the world.”

Photo: Eloise Anthony, left, and Robin Last