Shrewd advice from the Master
近日，世界著名高跟鞋设计师 Professor Jimmy Choo 在访问马来西亚艺术学院时谈到他在伦敦求学时的经历和挑战。他建议学生们应该好好珍惜现在的学习环境。发达的科技，优越的氛围都是培养学生们的良好条件。成为一个出色的设计师并不容易，必须经过努力刻苦的磨练。当学生问道他设计的灵感的源头的时候，他回答说灵感可以来自学习。尤其是学习著名的设计大师们。例如学习英国皇家的设计师们的设计是如何得把鞋子和礼服搭配得如此高贵，优雅。“这并不意味着要抄袭他们的作品”他强调说。Professor Jimmy Choo 一直致力于时尚设计和教育的领域，他正在和马来西亚政府洽谈，希望开设新的学校，把他的专业知识传授给学生们，为培养下一代优秀的设计师做出贡献。
Professor Jimmy Choo和学生们的合影
It was also a prelude to the New Generation Fashion Awards 2012.
At MIA, Choo spoke to budding designers about his experiences as a design student in
He said that it was now harder to make it in the business as more people have become aware of the prospects of being a shoe designer or maker, and going to the best institutions would be costly.
He added, however, that the younger generation today has all that they would need to know at their fingertips, thanks to technological advances.
"Drawing a pair of shoes may look easy but it is not; you might end up drawing cucumbers," he said jokingly, while sharing about his struggles as a student in
The students were also given opportunities to speak to the iconic shoemaker during a Q & A session.
When asked about inspirations, Choo said he gets them from studying people, what they look for in shoes and from there, he would improvise to offer them better shoes.
He especially studies famous people, like the royal family, because they have top designers making their outfits for them and he tries to match those outfits with his shoes.
"But do not copy other people's designs!" he stressed.
As for his future plans, Choo said that he and the Malaysian government are discussing on opening his own shoe-designing institution.
"When I tour colleges and give talks, many would ask me to come back to teach my skills to the students. Therefore, having my own institution seems like a fair step forward," he said.
Choo had also offered his support to students who intended to further their design studies in
The students also attended talks on styling by Primeworks Studio Sdn Bhd image consultant Zaihani Mohd Zain and on how to approach the press by former fashion editor of Her World magazine, Alistair Tan.
（英文信息来自New Straits Times）