MC ELITE: Ashintha de Silva

Instagram: @ashinthadesilva
Campus: Edmonton
Program: Fashion

Favorite designer: Helmut Lang
Favorite item in your wardrobe: Trench coats are so versatile and are always on trend. I love my classic trench and jacquard leopard print trench coat from h&m.
Who do you follow on social media? @voguemagazine @marcjacobs @helmutlang
Tell us something that would surprise people about you: I was in a dance group called House of Dam. Voguing, freestyling and waacking are dance forms that have played a huge influence on my life, fashion and styling.

Fashion student and yoga instructor by day and performing artist by night, the MC Elite for this month goes out to Ashintha de Silva from the Edmonton campus.

How did you get started in fashion design?
Growing up, I remember spending my waking days sketching gowns and costumes of all kinds but I never knew I could make a career in fashion. There were photographers in my family who influenced me to become passionate and involved in photography. But after High School, I decided to go my own way where I got into a cultural studies program at the U of A. After 3 years in the program, I moved to Toronto for some photography gigs. I ended up doing runway and backstage photos at Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) and did photos at events for Holt Renfrew. It was TFW that opened my eyes to a career in fashion. I never knew about the different possibilities and career choices. When I moved back to Edmonton, I finally pushed myself to enroll in fashion.

What is your favorite thing about the fashion program?
Seeing garments come to life. I’ve always drawn, illustrated and photographed garments but I had never constructed them until I came to MC. The program has given me the tools to create, like pattern drafting!..There’s also a sense of community here. Even though there are 18 of us in the class, it feels like a family. I’ve gone to school at other places and I have never had this experience before. Even between the other programs, there’s a sense of community.

What do you like most about the fashion industry?
Trends are always changing which forces you to always be on point and ahead of the game. I also love the fashion industry because there’s no right or wrong design perspective.

What can we expect to see from your collection at the 2018 New Designers Fashion Show?
You can expect to see a lot of prints and accents of black and gold. The prints are inspired by photos that I have taken, marbling techniques and by the artist, Gustav Klimt.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom has always told me: don’t take things too personally.

#skirtdesign #fashiondesign #fashionillustration

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Do you have any social media advice for MC students?
Don’t be afraid to share what you have created and accomplished. I was guilty of this before…I was always telling myself: what if someone judges my work or what if someone steals my idea?. If you’re proud of it, share it!

What are your plans when you graduate?
I would love to start my career at ‘off white’ clothing. What I love about them is that they are experimental in the sense that they incorporate different eras into one garment. My dream career is to create a fashion brand that makes a social impact by providing education and meaningful jobs for communities in developing countries. There is a not for profit brand called Krochet Kids Intl that has really inspired me.


MC highlights of 2017 – part 2

From attending a star studded industry event in Vegas to volunteering in our community, this was a busy year for MC College. Here’s part two of our top highlights from 2017!

MC Elite: a year in review

Every month, Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a student they feel should be recognized as an MC Elite. Students are chosen based on their growth as an industry professional and their use of social media to promote themselves. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and website, and bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the 2017 MC Elites

Younten Tsomo 

Robert Erasmo 

Shauntel Leffler 

 Jasmyne Wishlow 

Karleece Lapointe 

Tamara Hofer 

Natalie Notheisz 

Matt Madill 

Michael Maier 

India Haines 


Prosper U

To help MC College Students build their clientele, make more money and give them a competitive edge in the job market, we brought Prosper U to MC College. As the first cosmetology school in Canada to incorporate this program, students learn about personal branding, client retention, customer service, retailing and more. The program was developed by award winning Stylist, Eric Fisher.

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Industry Partnerships

Throughout 2017, we partnered with industry leaders ‘Brows by G’, and ‘Glam Skin Care Academy’ to offer specialized and advanced education in IPL/laser technician, microblading and micropigmentation.



From taking selfies with Sam Villa at the NAHA’s to watching the light show on Fremont Street, over 80 MC College Students and staff made their way to Las Vegas this past July for the 12th annual MCxNAHA show and 28th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (one of the biggest events of the hairstyling industry). Every student that enrolled in the June Hairstyling program went on this trip for FREE. Thanks to MC Edmonton student, Patricia Lopez for creating this video:

Open House

On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was littt; 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


Sharing the love
At MC College, we are a proud supporter of many community events, charities and not for profits. Whether it was doing haircuts for the less fortunate or manicures at a local emergency shelter, staff and students from all 6 campuses volunteered their craft and time at 275 community events in 2017. Because that is way too many to list, here are a few of our favourites:


  • Did hairstyles, makeup and mini manicures at Okanagan Pride.


  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 14th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 800 people visited the campus to get their hair coloured pink.

Red Deer

  • Made monthly visits to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter to provide haircuts and manicures for clients and volunteers. 


  • Kicked off the Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking. Over 500 stopped by to get their hair coloured pink!


  • Mini manicures and hand massages for stressed out students at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.


  • Haircuts for the less fortunate at the 6th annual CEO Sleepout. Since the Sleepout began in 2011, just under $800,000 has been raised to end homelessness.

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.

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.

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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:


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.


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!

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.

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