MC ELITE: Alexia Kehler

Instagram: @alexia.design
Campus: Winnipeg
Program: Fashion

Favorite designer: DSquared2 and Mark Fast
Favorite fashion blogger: @vikyandthekid

Favorite item in your wardrobe:
It’s not fashionable but I have a sweater that I took from home. It’s from the 80’s. It’s been patched and fixed many times, and the zipper definitely does not work but I love it because it reminds me of home and keeps me grounded.

Tell us something that would surprise people about you:
I grew up on a chicken farm in Landmark! It’s about 50 minutes away from Winnipeg. The town has around 2000 people. In my graduating class, there were around 30 people. That’s the largest graduating class Landmark has ever had!

How did you get started in fashion design?
Growing up, I’ve always been artistic but living in a small town there was not a lot of opportunity and not a lot to do. I always liked fashion and design. I remember flipping through Vogue and imagining what it was like to create outfits for models. As I got older, I realized that there was no way that I could express myself. I knew I had to move and do something completely different and far away from the small town life.

When I graduated High School, I went to the University of Manitoba in general studies. In the program, I didn’t know where I was going. I was so unhappy in University. I realized after a year that I needed to get into something that made me happy: fashion. Ever since I started at MC, I’ve been happier because I am able to express my creativity through design. My friends and family have noticed it too.

What is your favorite thing about the fashion program?
I was one of the students in the program that didn’t know how to sew. I remember getting frustrated with myself because of that. Now, I love sewing because I can see myself getting better and better everyday. I also love illustrating.

What do you like most about the fashion industry?
I like that the industry is so versatile. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes of a collection, garment, fashion show and photoshoot. As long as you are creative and open minded, there are so many opportunities to grow as a designer.

What can we expect to see from your collection at the 2018 New Designers Fashion Show?
Fun fabrics and colour -lot’s of chiffon and crepe combined with faux fur and fringe. The colour palette consists of pink, teal and yellows. My collection is called ‘Visions’. It is street wear inspired tchotchkes I’ve collected since I was young. The collection was also loosely inspired by the 70’s. I called the collection ‘Visions’ because it’s for someone who loves to daydream…someone who is optimistic and someone who just wants to “float” throughout their day.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Take life with open hands

Do you have any social media advice for MC students?
Take pictures with good lighting and only post your best photos!

 

MC highlights of 2017 – part 1

From the gardens at Versailles to braids and buns with Dads, we’re taking a look back at the top MC College highlights of 2017.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
Starting school and studying for exams while juggling personal relationships can be an exciting and stressful time for students. This December, we partnered with Morneau Shepell to bring MC College students the Student Support Program (SSP). Through this program, students have immediate and free access to mental health and wellness support. At the touch of a button, students can anonymously call or live chat, 24/7/365, with a qualified counsellor with years of clinical experience.

For more info, visit: www.mccollege.ca/student_support_program?&edit=1

 

MC ABROAD: PARIS
From September 14 to 21, MC College graduates, students and staff jetsetted to the fashion and beauty capital of the world: PARIS! The trip was the perfect opportunity to travel, network with industry professionals, and draw inspiration from Parisian culture, art and architecture. From climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower to attending one of the biggest beauty exhibits: MCB by Beauté Sélection, take a look at some of our adventures from the trip:

 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW
From bold African inspired prints to faux fur and Japanese minimalist designs, graduates from the fashion design program in Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection this past fall. Each garment was designed, constructed and produced by the graduates. Both shows were sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and alumni, media, fashion bloggers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers.

 

DIY STUDIO EVENTS
Throughout 2017, each campus held a series of DIY Studio events that are free and open to the public. At these events, MC College Students and Staff show attendees how to create gory zombie makeup, apply falsies and more. This year, we had the following themes: the art of braiding, make & take body scrub and oil, lash bar, patch denim jacket, my Dad did my hair and Halloween makeup. Stay tuned for the next DIY event!

MODERN SALON
For this years’ Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Awards, we were honoured to place first in the ‘alumni and advanced education’ category for our submission about our industry partnerships, MC Abroad to Paris, alumni program and the launch of the MC alumni web page. We were also a finalist in the ‘community involvement’ category.

MC ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS
Whether it’s a graduate fresh out of school or a graduate with over 20 years of experience, we are so proud of the MC alumnus who were named semi-finalists, finalists and winners at some of the industry’s biggest events. Congratulations to:

Mirror Awards
Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel Salonspa – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Finalist
Julie Baker, Chel Salonspa – Newcomer of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko The Salon – Alberta Salon Stylist Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairdresser of the Year Finalist

 

Contessa Awards

Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel SalonSpa – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Semi Finalist
Darci Ash, Enigma Salon & Studio – Master Colourist Semi Finalist
Alan Sluser, Koko the Salon – Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko the Salon – New Hairstylist Finalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECAP: 2017 New Designers Fashion Show

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

From internationally recognized brands such as Canada Goose, Manitobah Mukluks and Silver jeans to local designers such as Lennard Taylor, Winnipeg has historically been Canada’s garment manufacturing centre. On October 18, graduates from our Fashion Design program in Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection at the 7th annual New Designers Fashion Show at the Manitoba Museum.

The museum was the perfect venue as it was a walk through the history of Manitoba and Canada. Surrounded by exhibits about Indigenous lifestyles to vignettes celebrating Winnipeg’s historic streetscapes, the fashion show featured collections from Amy Aingidlik, Amy McPherson, Chelsea Sumter, Dimple Patel, Kalli Vera, Karleece Lapointe, Nancy Humann and Wendy Sinclair.

As part of the fashion program, each graduate designed and constructed each garment from start to finish. Graduates drew inspiration for their collection from various aspects of their life and surroundings – from their cultural heritage to the concrete jungle.

Voted as top 3 fashion events in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Nightlife Awards, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and Alumni, media, fashion bloggers, photographers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers such as Nygard International, Reitman’s and Mondetta.
From embroidered details to bold African and Ojibwe inspired prints, here’s a recap of the New Designers Fashion Show:

 

 

After a year of being diagnosed with brain cancer, Tragically Hip Canadian superstar, Gord Downie, passed away on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. As our final farewell and a tribute, we played “Ahead by a Century” during a portion of the fashion show. “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in” – Gord Downie.

Did you catch us on Global Winnipeg? See it here!

 

For more images, visit: http://ajbatac.com/2017-mc-college-fashion-show

MC ELITE: TAMARA HOFER

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@hair.bytam

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: MC College Winnipeg

Favorite emoiji: 🐵🙈🙉🙊🐒
Favorite food: “chicken. Actually, I love fried chicken more!”
Favorite stylist that you follow on Instagram: @hairbyamberjoy. (she’s an MC hairstying Alumni!)

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Balayage & Braids 😍 #throwback

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From ashy blonde to caramel balayage, search up Tamara on Instagram and you’ll see all of the awesome balayage she has done! Growing up in a Hutterite colony, Tamara never knew a career in Hairstyling could even be possible for her. “It’s so different living there. You don’t have a lot of freedom and you can’t leave. You have to keep your head covered and dress modestly. We moved when I was 10 years old and left a lot of family and friends behind. I finally got the chance to see the world outside. I had never left before that because only adults were allowed to. We were told that we weren’t allowed to come back, not even to visit. We were shunned. But after a few years, they finally let us visit” says Tamara.

Why a career in Hairstyling?
“I have a lot of sisters. Growing up, I learned to love hair because I was always the one who braided my siblings’ hair. My family lived in a Hutterite colony where you had to have your head covered. Anything that had to do with hair or even beauty was considered as sinful. When I was 10, my family left the colony and moved to Winnipeg. It really opened my eyes to the different hairstyles and hair colours out there. I thought to my self…why not make this a career! At first, my parents weren’t 100% ok with my choice but after they saw what I could do with it, they supported me. My parents are my number 1 fans.”

What do you like most about the industry?
“Meeting new people. You never know who is going to sit in your chair. I love that every person has a different story. When I started at MC College, I was super shy and awkward. But being here made me outgoing and made me break out of my shell…I love doing balayage and crazy colours because those always puts a smile on peoples’ faces.”

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Had some fun with blue today 🔹🔷🔹

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Who or what motivates you?
“My parents! They have done so much for me and my siblings and have sacrificed so much for us. Everyday they ask to see pictures of hair and mannequins that I’ve done.”
What the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Step out of your comfort zone.”

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Because blondes have more fun✨

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Do you have any social media advice or MC Students?
“use the same background and filter for all pictures and always use hashtags!”

What are your plans when you graduate?
“After I gain more experience, I definitely want to open my own salon!”

 

MC Alumni Profile: Brett Kelly

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Instagram: @brett_thebarber
Favorite emoji: 🍻
Beauty must: “My blow dryer! Hands down.”
Favorite item in your wardrobe: “My bowler cap that I got from the UK!”
Favorite hangout spot: “My house with my daughters. I couldn’t think of any other hang out place that could be better!”

He’s a barber by day, and fencer and rockstar by night. As a 2012 Hairstyling graduate from MC College Vernon, Brett’s passion for the industry started when he played in a band as a guitarist. Today, he is a co owner of The Gentlemen’s Shop and Shave Parlour and a men’s hair educator.

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Well that is it for the fencing season! I have been so damn happy getting back into this sport. It has been years since I last fenced. I started again back in September and I joined the @okanagan_freestyle_fencing club. Matt has been a fantastic coach who has really pushed me to get better. And it was great to be fencing with my first coach Brendan again as well. I could only make it once a week this year but next year I'm hoping to step it up a bit. I had the opportunity to do 4 tournaments this year in which I did not place but I could see growth through each one. I am truly happy where I am at now compared to where I was at when I first started. Now to keep up with training at home and private lessons with the coach. I hope everyone in the club who is going to provincials kills it this year! Thanks again for a great year @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing @okanagan_freestyle_fencing

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Why did you decide to get into Hairstyling?
“I play in a rockabilly band and hair is really big in that culture. So while we were on tour, we could not afford hair cuts. So, we went and bought a pair of Walmart clippers and I started cleaning up the band. I was HORRIBLE at it since I had no training but I fell in love with it very quickly…I enrolled into MC College and then went on to a barbering apprenticeship after. I am thoroughly happy that I decided to go the longer way and go through the styling program as it taught me so much more about hair than I would have ever learned in barber school.”

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There was no barber school around when I decided I wanted to do men's hair. I remember coming back from tour with the band and I asked my barber how I could go about it. He told me to go to school and get the fundamentals then apprentice for my barbering. Well the next day I enrolled in @mccollegegroup to start my journey. Some of the best uk barbers started out in hair school. I took the long way about it you could say but I have absolutely no regrets. I was fortunate enough to have the benefit of both teachings. I took so much out of hair school. Different cutting techniques, texturizing, razor work, short hair, long hair (even though I do very little now) and the most important thing was sectioning. Sectioning was drilled into us for the first 6 weeks in class then drilled for the course of the next year on the floor. I see new barbers come out of school who can't even section a proper line or even create a clean horse shoe parting. Styling and the use and importance of a blow dryer was also drilled and this is one of the most important things that we use in the shop. Now at times it was super hard and definitely frustrating. But I had a clear goal. I was there to further my education on men's hair. So no matter how hard up dos and finger waves were I knew I had a clear goal to get to. After school I went on to apprentice to learn straight razor shaving, more detailed scissor work and more clipper work. Well 6 1/2 years later the passion is still there more than ever and I am a proud owner of a barber shop. So to everyone in school remember your there to learn so learn and don't have an ego where you think you know more than the teacher after 3 months. Because 99.9% chances are you probably don't. Without all this and the great teachers I had I wouldn't be where I am.

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Since graduating, what would you say are your career highlights?
“Opening up the Gentlemens Shop is one of my top highlights. I opened a shop with a really great friend and we are fortunate that it has been a huge success with current wait times of over 6 weeks. Becoming an educator for the Okanagan has been another great highlight as there is not much for men’s education in BC especially in the okanagan. I’ve had great opportunities working with West Coast Beauty as well. I also got to attend a barber convention in the U.K. last year where over 5000 barbers were in attendance.”

Since being in the industry, what’s the most important lesson you have learned?
“Always keep an open mind and always keep an apprentice mentality. You don’t know it all, especially right out of school. So take criticism with an open mind and take the next step to see what you can do better.”

What’s the best part of your job? “The People!”

 

What’s the hardest part of your job? “The People!”

What do you see trending in your industry right now?
“Men’s hair is changing: from the greased down slicked back hair to more loose texture bed head type feel. Clients are wanting to look for a more lived in look instead of the always dapper on the go look… We usually look at what the UK is doing and then in 1.5 years it usually hits in the west coast of Canada. We try to keep up and push some of the trends before they start to come over.”

What’s the most important advice that you can offer MC College students who are looking to become successful in their own careers?
“Listen! Listen to your teachers. Remember you’re taking school for a reason and that’s to learn. Don’t have that ‘I know everything’ attitude because if you did you wouldn’t be in school.

Listen to your clients. A strong consultation is the key to ANY good haircut. Work on your consultation process to make sure you get all the details.

Listen to yourself! We take this career because we are passionate people who love to work with our hands and we usually love to help others. This is an industry where we enjoy making others feel great about themselves. But if we start hitting a point where you yourself are not enjoying it then something might need a change. Not in what you’re doing but maybe in how you’re doing it, where you’re doing it or what your doing about it.

Try hard and do your best.

Have a goal to work towards.

Keep educating yourself. School sets you up for the fundamentals of what you need. But after that it’s up to you to keep up with education, trends, styles and techniques. So remember to take care of yourself in that aspect to.”

Who do you follow on Social Media?
@sugarskulls @thesugarskullsloft @andrewdoeshair @Z_ramsey @stephenj.barber @manmadebarber

Tell us something that would surprise people about you!
“I am fully colour blind. So when going through school I was horrible at the colouring process. I only took hairstyling so I could get the fundamentals of cutting and go on to my barber apprenticeship. I was afraid to tell my teachers I couldn’t see colour incase I couldn’t take the school. After graduating I told my teachers that I couldn’t see colour. They laughed hard and replied “yea that makes a lot of sense now!”

What are the top things on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Japan with my Wife
2. Cut on stage at Barber Cut Dublin – Ireland’s largest barber convention

If you could makeover anyone, who would it be?
“Matty Conrad, owner of Victory Barbers. That man has an awesome head of hair that I would love to cut!”

DIY Studio: My Dad Did My Hair Recap

It’s a job usually left for moms but sometimes a girl’s got to turn to her dad for some hair love. Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event ‘my dad did my hair’. With back-to-school around the corner, this was the perfect time for dads to practice what they already know and to learn new skills. From a simple pony tail to fishtail braids and the Princess Leia bun, we showed Dads how to step up their daughters’ hair game to the next level! Did you catch us on CTV, CBC and Castanet? Watch our live features here:

 

 

Couldn’t make it to our event? We’ve rounded up the top social media posts from the event!

RECAP: 2017 MCxNAHA

VEGAS 2017

From taking selfies with Sam Villa at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) to watching the light show on Fremont Street, a trip to Las Vegas was the perfect way to launch a career in Hairstyling!

From July 8 to 11, over 80 MC College Students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 12th annual MCxNAHA show and 28th annual NAHA’s (one of the biggest events of the hairstyling industry). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE.

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At the naha's 2017 #MCCollege

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At the MCxNAHA show, groups broke out into 3 sessions:
1). Hair Improv
Presenters: Yolly ten Koppel (Artistic Director, Pivot Point International) and Laddie James (Owner and Master Stylist, The Hairstyle Inn)

2). Creating a NAHA entry
Presenters: Cheryl Harrison (VP Operations, MC College) & Jeff Louis (National Artistic Director, Artego)
From lighting and photoshop to choosing a model, the process behind a NAHA entry can be intimidating, especially for a Student! Using the 2017 NAHA entries and previous MC College graduates’ entries, students got an inside look at what to look for when creating an entry.

 

3). Building your personal brand on social media
Presenters: Nikki McCrimmon (Admissions Leader, MC College) and Chinda Sin (Marketing Coordinator, MC College)
Whether it’s finding love on Tinder/Grinder or using Pivot Point’s LAB, everyone’s on social media so there’s no excuse to not use it to build a brand. Before students went out and became the next social media rock star, we gave them the top 5 tips to creating and building a brand on social media.

 

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Enroute to #naha2017!!!!

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From poker tables to the slot machines, all eyes were on the MC Squad as we made our way to Mandalay Bay for the NAHA’s. At the show, students got the chance to watch hair and fashion presentations by the biggest names in the industry, network with celebrity hairstylists such as Charlie Price and Vivienne Mackinder, and watch industry innovator, Sam Villa receive an NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In Vegas we had amazing opportunities that I will never forget…while watching all the NAHA finalists walk down the red carpet, I met and spoke to some amazing people…When we sat down to watch the award show I got to sit beside a couple who has known Sam Villa for many years and that alone was awesome!!!” says MC College Edmonton Hairstyling Student, Amber-Rae Ens (@got_Rootz)


Missed our live feed from our social media? Search up #MCxNAHA on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to get caught up!

 

MC Elite: Michael Maier

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Instagram: @mjmhair

Program: Hairstyling
Campus: Edmonton
From HTML coding and building websites to lavender balayage, our July MC Elite is going out to Michael Maier from the hairstyling program at our Edmonton campus!

Michael is an incredibly hard working and dedicated individual. He is talented and full of charisma. In the school salon the clients always leave happy and pleased with the quality of his skills and customer service. When the opportunity arises, Michael is always willing to help out fellow students and instructors. He always has a great attitude and an infectious smile that could turn anyone’s day around. ” says Hairstyling Instructor, Cathy Whitford.

Why did you choose Hairstyling as a career?
“I had always wanted to be a Hairstylist but it was my backup plan because I got into IT and Design at NAIT. When I was almost finished, I realized that I hated my major and that really scared me. When I was younger, I always liked doing my own and my friends’ hair so it was only natural. My twin brother graduated from MC last year and he really loved the experience which helped me decide where I wanted to go. But before I got into MC, I asked him if it was ok that I go too because I didn’t want him to get mad or think that I was copying him. I had previously met the instructors when I was a model for my brother and they are all awesome. They were all so supportive and fun. That also helped me make my decision”

 
*Fun fact: his twin brother, Matthew Maier was a model in our promo video!

 

What do you like most about the industry so far?
“The creativity. I loved colour formulation and I love creeping around the school to see what the other students are up to. I love that everyone has their own way of doing things. It might be the same haircut but the execution is different”.

 

What do you love about MC College?
“I love the instructors – their personalities and their sense of humor. Everyone on campus is different and hilarious, encouraging and helpful. They really make it a really positive environment”.

 

Who or what motivates you?
“There’s a Youtuber that I watch, Kyle Krieger. He’s one of the reasons why I went into Hairstyling. His videos showed me a different side of the industry which really pushed me to want to get into Hairstyling…I want to focus on my career as a Hairstylist right now and then I’ll focus on other stuff like competitions”.

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“ugghhh perms and finger waves. It’s one of those things that you have to do but you don’t want to”.

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do as I say and not what I do – Cathy Whitford”.

 

What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Be personable- you have to interact with clients. Don’t be awkward. People come back to you because of your personality and also your skills too! If you’re awkward and don’t talk with your clients, no one will want to book with you!”

 

Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Use lots of hash tags. I always tag MC and Artego because they feature your work on their Instagram. Last week, I had a client message me on Instagram that wanted to book with me because she saw my work featured on MC’s Instagram. That was pretty cool! Also, all students should use Instagram because it’s good to use and keep as a portfolio”

 


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.

RECAP: DIY Lash Bar

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Falsies. Some people wear them on the daily, while others have never tried them. Whether it’s a date night, special event or just because, anytime is a good time for falsies.

Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event: The Lash Bar. From drama to subtle glamour, the MC Squad (aka: Students and Instructors) showed you how to step up your lash game! At this free event, over 120 people across all 6 campuses attended the event to learn how to apply false eyelashes on themselves and their friends, entered to win a $1000 tuition scholarship and got a behind the scenes look of a lash and brow tint. For the few pros who already knew how to apply falsies, we showed them different techniques, tips and tricks.

Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at the DIY event that was captured on social media:

 

 

 

 

 

Did you see MC College Saskatoon on CTV Morning news? Watch it here:

 

In case you missed out on our DIY event, here’s a step by step guide on how to apply falsies:

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Open House recap

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On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was 🔥🔥🔥; from special effects makeup and live fashion sketching to mini DIY (do-it-yourself) stations. Across the 6 campuses, over 300 people attended the event to experience what the #MCLife is all about, and to learn about career opportunities in the Beauty and Fashion Industry.

 

 

Attendees tested out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, while getting the chance to tour the campus and meet the MC Squad: staff, students, graduates and industry partners. From a braiding and contouring bar to marble nails and spring updos, each campus set up mini DIY stations so that event attendees could try out the latest beauty trends on themselves. Swag bags and a $1000 tuition scholarship were also given out at each campus – congratulations to all of the winners!


Attendees also got the chance to watch a live demo of mermaid hair, alien bleeding glitter, special effects makeup, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to play with mannequins and learn how to apply colour at the colour station.

At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, there were stations set up so that visitors could try their hand at designing their own print, draping, fashion sketching and fashion illustration.
Missed the Open House? Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at Open House that was captured on social media: