After graduating High School, Karleece Lapointe enrolled at the University of Manitoba for a career in marketing. “I thought I wanted to go into business but after my first year I realized that it wasn’t for me. That experience made me realize that I’m hands-on and want to be in a creative field. I also didn’t like the class sizes…I felt like a number”.
“Karleece is a very creative designer, she has so many interesting and innovative ideas. Her collection is a mix of so many different fabrics, textures and construction methods and I’m so excited to see it all come together” says fashion instructor, Lisa Dyck.
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“Growing up, my dad upholstered furniture so that got me interested in sewing and the use of different types of fabrics and hardware.. I’ve also always loved art. I grew up in dance and played the French horn in band. Because of my love for art and my need to be hands-on, I knew it was bound for me to have a career in it”
What do you like most about the industry so far?
“I love seeing a concept turn into a drawing and then into a real garment… I am learning a lot about myself, my limits and my creativity. With fashion, I get to be myself and I get to express my thoughts and creativity with illustrations and garments.”
What do you love about MC College?
“The MC Community and the friends I’ve made here. It’s super open and everyone is so welcoming and accepting.”
What Fashion Designer are you inspired by?
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Pattern making. It’s something that you either understand or don’t understand. There’s nothing in-between. It was really hard to understand the measurements and translating the image and designs from my head and putting it on paper”
Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“It’s inspired by the mixture of textures that wouldn’t usually be mixed together. My collection is called “Antithesis” and tests the boundaries because it incorporates fabrics to create different looks and themes. In my prototypes, I’ve combined faux fur with lace.”
What are your plans when you graduate?
“I want to move to Montreal or Toronto to work with a magazine for styling. I also want to work with local retail shops in visual merchandising.”
Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Post frequently so that people don’t forget about you. Don’t spend too much time worrying about your followers to following ratio and post what you want. Don’t worry about what others are posting!”
Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their use of social media to promote themselves and by tagging #mccollege and #mclife in their social media posts.