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The Nation Group selected Raffles student's design for their 40th birthday uniform

K. Yok with her award

The Nation is pride as the first independent newspaper of Thailand. It has been an integral part of the history of Thailand, reporting on all the major events that shaped the Thai Kingdom from the student's revolution in 1973 to the most recent events involving the Red Shirts.

In celebration of its 40th birthday the newspaper organized on December 15th "The State of The Nation", an impressive function retracing the evolution of Thailand since the 70's. The event gathered the most influ\ential persons from key industries which also included Thailand's Prime Minister, Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Raffles International College Bangkok was instrumental in the proceedings of the event.

Indeed a very talented Fashion Design student, K. Yok, was selected by The Nation to develop uniforms worn by models during The State of the Nation. Both male and female designs were created to put the focus on the new iPad application developed by the newspaper.

The uniforms' fabric was made with digital prints of The Nation. The used color palette reflected the corporate identity of the newspaper while the overall design of the garments was classic with some quirky touches.

K. Yok's designs were so popular that several staff members of The Nation had pants, ties and even boleros created to mirror them!

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Chonticha  Boonratanapitak

(Fashion Marketing Student )

Recently a Fashion Marketing student at Raffles Bangkok had an interview with the education website called "SkoolBuz" and the favorite newspaper in Thailand "ThaiPost".  She is one of the favorite young Thai love series writer which has more than 100,000 copies published. Her book got rank as a "Bestseller" at all major Thai Book Store in 2010.

Chonticha Boonratanapitak, or well known as "Lookchup", join Raffles as a Fashion Marketing student. She started to be a writer by writing some stories on websites which are open for public sharing. Lookchup loves to read and loves to step out of the box; this is the main reason why she loves to create her own stories. It was unbelievable for her when her stories caught the attention of many teenagers who love novels.  Subsequently, her stories also attracted a publishing company called "Jamsai". She got to be a novel writer for Jamsai and started to publish her own story books.

"I love reading books, that's why I started to be a writer. I also selected to study at Raffles because I love fashion. However, I'm not a person who is good at drawing and design, so I choose to study Fashion Marketing instead of Fashion Design.

Raffles, has given me more knowledge than I expect, and I can adjust it into my writings. At first, I wrote without any focus, however, after I study at Raffles, the lecturers here gave me a lot of inspiration. They describe about marketing concepts that we have to identify by ourselves and to focus on. This trained me to focus on creating a love stories. My books caught the eye of many teenagers after this. Furthermore, Raffles taught me to think out of the box, that's why sometimes my stories are in contrast with others. These are the reasons why my stories are "Bestseller" in 2010. I would like to say thank you to my lecturers at Raffles who inspired me to have my own view. Without them I think I won't be able to achieve a reputable name like now".

This is the sample of a successful student who adjusted the knowledge from Raffles to her own work. You can stay tune and follow her book on every top book store in Thailand.

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Kiattikorn Charoenpanich

(Fashion Design - Graduated 2010)

Fashion Design student reaches final 5 of Thailand's first fashion reality show "The Designer"

Out of the 300 contestants from 4 regions around the country, Kiat Kiattikorn Charoenpanich, a final year student from Raffles Bangkok's Fashion Design program, made it to the last 12 finalist, to compete for a prize money worth 200,000 baht and the chance to become a full time fashion designer, working along with the professional design teams of Jaspal Group for 1 season (6 months).

To secure the position as the 12 finalists, Kiat and another 52 representatives from each region had to put out all their creativities, skills, and experiences to win the attention of the judges. They were given a brief to design the total look for a doll, by using low quality materials provided and within 2 hours time frame. Kiat share with us on how he coped with the situation and finally won his place in the show. "The brief was to create the Barbie's dress by using low quality fabric. Personally, I am a heavy handed person so I have quite a hard time sewing the lining as it always get frayed or holed. So I decided to use the draping technique and play with the texture instead. I came up with the one shoulder short cocktail dress with the lace net underneath the skirt. The sequins are used to cover the sewing line. The hardest part is the cutting process. It has to be fit with the doll shape which is really really small. I expect to find my strength from this competition and continue to develop my skills to the most that I can."

The 12 finalists will be brought to the Fashion Studio where they will be given fashion workshops and coach by host instructor, design trainer and pattern trainer. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are usually restricted in budget, time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one designer will be eliminated each week, until it goes down to the final 5. Each challenge requires the designers to develop one piece of new clothing to be presented at a Weekly Fashion Show. The challenges range in creative diversity to test the designers' ingenuity while maintaining their personal design aesthetic.

The show is broadcasted nationwide through Modern Nine TV (Channel 9) every Sunday from 9.30 - 10.30 p.m. with "Weekly Fashion Show". Also, tune in to the daily highlights every Friday from 5.00 – 5.15 p.m. The first episode was aired last Sunday 26th September 2010 and it will be for the next 8 weeks until Sunday 14th November with live broadcasting on the "Final Fashion Show".

You can see the previous episodes and daily highlights from the links below.

Links:
The Designer: Episode 2 on 3 October 2010 (3)

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Satheanpong Chunnvijitra

(Interactive Media - Graduated 2009)

Multi Award winning documentary named "War Against the Weak".
Won the Best Feature Film in Beverly Hills Film Festival 2009, Best Documentary in Delray Beach Film Festival 2009, Screened at Sundance and nominated for a dozens of other awards.

Synopsis
War Against the Weak is the untold story of American Eugenics, a movement that attempted to breed a Nordic master race through the elimination of the "unfit'.
In the first three decades of the 20th Century, American corporate philanthropy, combined with the efforts of the scientific, academic and political elite, created the pseudoscience eugenics, and institutionalized race politics as national policy. The goal was to create a superior, white, Nordic race and obliterate virtually everyone else.

Under the Nazis, American eugenic principles were applied without restraint, careening out of control into the Reich's infamous genocide. American eugenicists openly supported Germany's program, with both financial and intellectual capital. Once WWII began, Nazi eugenics turned from mass sterilization and euthanasia to genocidal murder. War Against the Weak explores this complex relationship between American eugenics and the horrors of the Holocaust.Running 90 minutes, War Against The Weak, is directed by Justin Strawhand (8BIT, Art Forum Top Ten Films of 2006) and produced by Peter Demas (The Third Wave, Presidential Screening, Cannes 2008). War Against The Weak demystifies the Holocaust and Nazi atrocities, drawing them out of the ether of time, and solidifies a historical trajectory that has never been exposed on film before.