seamstress toolsSaudi Arabia is going to get its very own fashion institute in Riyadh next year, reported Saudi Gazette. Wafa Al-Rashid, the chief executive of Raffles Education Middle East said that Saudi Arabia’s first fashion institute will open in early 2014.

In a recent press conference held in Riyadh, Al-Rashid said that the institute will teach students about fashion and how to design clothes professionally using global standards.

Harvey Nichols and Raffles Education Middle East have created a strategic partnership to help Saudi women learn about fashion and dress designing, said the CEO of Alfa International Group, Princess Reema Bin Bandar.

Al-Rashid said that she worked towards the institute license for more than 2 years. She had initially applied for a college license; however, she was not successful in obtaining it.

The first batch of the fashion institute will consist of 25 female students, reported Saudi Gazette. The courses are English-based, so students have to first register for an English program. Students have the option to elect majors from among Management of Fashion, Basic Design and Sewing, and Interior Design.