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The MDIS School of Fashion and Design (SFD) was established to nurture a new generation of creative professionals in the fields of Fashion Design, Branding, Marketing and Communication, through teaching excellence.

To remain relevant and tuned to the global fashion industry’s demands, MDIS has been partnering the reputable Nottingham Trent University (UK) to offer specialised undergraduate programmes.

Nottingham Trent University (UK) is accredited by the Privy Council and recognised as one of the top ten Post-92 universities for student experience in England and Wales and an excellent graduate employment rate, with 94% of its graduates in employment or further study within six months.

The University is ranked 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2017: League Table for Fashion and Textiles, and 9th (UK) in The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School Ranking for Undergraduate course in 2016.

Students will undergo a 100% coursework curriculum based on project and studio practice to be familiarised with real-world assignments. The Fashion Marketing and Branding programme also incorporates a 10-week internship, through a network of international and local companies.

Students will have opportunities to collaborate with local and global brands and participate in fashion shows such as Singapore Fashion Week, Jakarta Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week in Malaysia during and after their course of study.

Students’ learning experiences are also enhanced through an optimum student-lecturer ratio, classes with an international teaching faculty, in addition to modern facilities housed within an in-campus Fashion Studio.

Upon successful completion of the programmes, the graduates can find career opportunities ranging from designing, manufacturing, retailing, marketing, to branding, and media.


Meet the Team

Bernie Xu

Bernie has a Bachelor of Arts (with First-Class Honours) in Fashion Design from Northumbria University in Newcastle, United Kingdom.  Upon graduation, he went on to pursue a career as Product Development Director and Brand Manager with several well-known fashion designers and retailers including: Converse, Everlast, 37Threeseven sport, Celadon, and Urban & Co.  Bernie has also lectured on a part-time basis for the Fashion Design program at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for 10 years before joining MDIS as a full-time lecturer.

Bernie’s current academic interests include Design Principles, Fashion Illustration, Textile Design, Production (Patternmaking and Sewing), and Fashion Management.  He takes pride in his strong pedagogical skills and enjoys interacting, teaching and learning from his students.

Hanna Lai

Hanna is a graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts specialising in Fashion Design. With many years of experience in menswear and sportswear – during which she travelled frequently to China and Bangladesh for the purposes of sourcing – she has a deep understanding of the process of mass production, merchandising and manufacturing.  She has also dabbled in graphic design and is fluent in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Hanna is passionate about nurturing young talents and greatly enjoys sharing her experiences with her students.  Her current academic interests include Design Development and its impact on Fashion History and Culture.



Kym Low

Kym graduated from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (UK) in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design.

She was a finalist at the Hand & Lock hand embroidery competition held in the UK during 2002, and received commendation in The Clothworkers’ Foundation Award organised by Bradford Textile Society in 2001 for her textile work.

Her work experience included that as a Textile Engineer with a French MNC in functional clothing and was trained in Hong Kong in performance textile. She joined the education sector in 2007, and was lecturing full-time overseas at Raffles Design Institutes in Beijing, China, and Chennai, Southern India for a period of four years.

During her overseas posting in Beijing, she was invited as a guest speaker by China Textile Information Centre, to share on international fashion related topics in Shandong to the local fashion and textile entrepreneurs and professionals.

Upon her return to Singapore in 2012, she joined Temasek Polytechnic, in Singapore, as a full-time lecturer at their School of Design in Apparel Design & Merchandising for three years before joining MDIS.

She was also formally trained and awarded with a certification in Teaching in Higher Education from Temasek Polytechnic. Besides lecturing at the Polytechnic, her work experience also included being in-charge of Student Internship Programme and Competitions and Industrial Collaborations for the faculty team.

In 2015, she also represented her School of Design and Apparel Design Faculty and invited as a guest speaker at Jilin School of Animation Institute, in Changchun, China. She shared on fashion and textile trends, and also teaching and learning experiences with the local faculty and students.


Iskra Petrovska

Iskra has a Double Master Degree, one in Fashion Design from Accademia Italiana – Florence, Italy; and another in Fine Arts - Painting from University Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje, Macedonia.

After working in one of the leading fashion industry as a Fashion Designer and successfully establishing a new brand on the market, Iskra launched her own fashion brand. She was also working as a Graphic Designer in one of the most established Publishing House in Macedonia for many years. She is also a Co-founder and Member of the Macedonian Fashion Formation of Fashion Designers.

Before starting her lecturing career, she participated in the Professional Training Project for Educational Staff organised by USAID, after which she successfully started her lecturing career. Her ten years of lecturing experience in the Fashion Design include: Accademia Italiana – Skopje, Macedonia, Accademia Italiana – Bangkok and Raffles Design Institute – Singapore where she was promoted to Programme Coordinator for Master Degree in Fashion Design. Currently, she is proud to be a part of the MDIS team as a part-time lecturer.

With her passion for teaching and wealth of industry experience, Iskra takes pride in sharing her skills, experience and knowledge with current and new students, whom she believes will be the next generation of designers and the future of this industry.


Lorenzo Petrillo

Lorenzo is a strategic designer and community driver with a degree in Interior Design and a Master Degree in Service Design from Politecnico di Milano.

He started his career in Italy designing for esterni (, a small creative agency developing cultural projects for public spaces (among them, the Public Design Festival). He moved to Asia in 2007, first to Shanghai and to Singapore in 2010.

His experience over the last eight years has been predominantly in the brand experience design, as a design lead for MNCs such as Bata and Samsung. After an eye-opening sabbatical year, he started his own business, LOPELAB, a design consultancy agency, marrying urban structures and social ideas for a more enjoyable and sustainable city.

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