Rock the Runway 2018

 

Last month, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools showcased their designs at Kingsway Mall’s 8th annual Rock the Runway show. Over 70 high school fashion design students were challenged with creating royal themed outfits using a selection of limited supplies and preloved (aka: used) clothing.
As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see what each student team created. From off the shoulder jumpsuits to oversized satin kimonos, here’s a preview of the High School students’ garments they designed and constructed:

 

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The #RockTheRunway show day is fast approaching! Next month on April 19th you will have the opportunity to see these designs live on the runway at @kingswaymall. I am overwhelmed and inspired by the amount of talent and creativity these students possess. I feel so blessed to have the pleasure of checking in on these worker bees while they are in their prime. Swipe to check out these stunning designs. Want to see them live? Head to the @epsbfoundation website to buy your tickets today! All the money raised through ticket sales will go towards funding full day kindergarten classes. Talk about a great show for a great cause! See you there my darlings! 👠 . . . @mccollegegroup #epsb #epsbfoundation #yeg #yegfashion #yegstyle #yegdesign #kingswaymall #supportlocal #yegevents

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Congrats to the winner of the MC College tuition scholarship!!

 

 

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns, Jasper Place High School and John A. McDougall School.

‘Rock the Runway’ is a student fashion show at Kingsway mall in support of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. The event showcases young fashion designers and their creativity.

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.

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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 Elite: Karleece Lapointe

karleeceInstagram: @fashionbykar

Program: Fashion
Campus: Winnipeg

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”

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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?
“Alexander McQueen.”
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.

RECAP: Winnipeg New Designers Fashion Show 2016

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From fashion retailers such as Nygard International to detail oriented costumes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg has always been one of Canada’s epi-centers for fashion. This past month, MC College introduced the next generation of Designers into Winnipeg’s fashion industry at the 6th annual New Designers Fashion Show.

From silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture to angular detailing, the fashion show included collections by MC College graduates: Linda Kroeker, Carley Wood, Maria Shendrik, Adara Pattersib, Regina Martens and Lauren Howie.

Hosted by Global TV’s Brittany Greenslade, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, local media, government officials, MC College staff and students, and Winnipeg’s fashion scene.

 

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In attendance were, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), Lennard Taylor, Monique Andrews Morrisette (Style Hunter Fox), Black Caviar Productions, Michael Silver (Silver Jeans), Valarie Barr-Jones (Government of Manitoba), Carly Klassen (Marshall Fabrics), Sheri Doyle (Mondetta Clothing) and Merle McDougall Kroeker (Rickis Clothing) to name a few.


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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashions, Ruta Tewelde of House of aRT Fashion and Madison Tooth of Illformal. Huge shoutout  to Manitobah Mukluks for sponsoring the footwear for her showcase.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Carley Wood

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Growing up with family in the industry, Carley always knew she would start a career in fashion. “Fashion as a career felt like it would always just be a dream. It was only last year that I decided to continue in fashion and actually work towards my dream!” 

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While taking the Fashion Technology program at Murdoch MacKay High School, Carley designed and styled costumes for two musicals. Back in June, Carley was named MC College’s  Student of the Month!

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Her collection, Cityscape, was inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture. The collection incorporates a mix of Winnipeg’s old and new buildings.

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From the various shades of blue reflecting off skyscrapers to gray buildings tinted in pinks and purples at sunset, the collection is inspired by the colours that Carley observes throughout the city.

 

Follow her on Instagram! 👉 @Car.31

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Adara Patterson

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Adara has always been a creative person. She sees every project as a puzzle to solve or an opportunity to create something new.

At a young age, Adara was drawn to clean lines and angular shapes. Naturally, the art of origami became an influence in her designs.

She believes that “the universe is based on the golden ratio, and the geometry of the universe is beauty.” Her collection, Edgeglow, incorporates angular detailing and smocking to create visual appeal based on geometry.

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In the future, Adara plans to work in the fashion industry focusing on pattern making and garment construction where she can apply her love of problem solving and attention to detail.

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Follow her on instagram! @queenblurblab

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Maria Shendrik

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In 2012, Maria and her family immigrated to Canada from Russia. Growing up, she was always interested in Fashion Design. Maria has childhood memories of her and her family getting dressed up for dinner and family outings.

 

These memories have since influenced her designs and styling choices. Her love of horseback riding, oil painting and playing the violin has also influenced her designs and her collection.

When she moved to Winnipeg, she decided to realize her dream career and enrolled at MC College.

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Maria’s collection, Grace, was inspired by royalty and the art of dressing royal woman for all occasions. With sleek silhouettes and clean lines, the collection features high quality fabrics and a feminine colour palette.

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Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Regina Martens

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Regina was born in Dolinsk, Russia but grew up in Germany. After immigrating to Canada, she started her career in the Beauty Industry as a Hairstylist. For the past 4 years, Regina has been the Lead Hairstylist and Manager at Double Images Salon in Morden, Manitoba.

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Her love for fashion and sewing came at a young age. At 10 years old, Regina started designing her own clothes and has since refused to use any commercial patterns. It was after the loss of her older brother that Regina decided to pursue her dream of being a Fashion Designer. At 22, she moved to Winnipeg to launch and build her career in fashion.

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Regina’s collection, Formal Rocker, was inspired by celebrities pushing the style boundaries at events. From geometric cut-out lace to embroidered tulle and asymmetrical hems, the collection is an edgy take on formal wear.

 

 

Winnipeg Fashion Graduate Profile: Linda Kroeker

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Growing up, Linda loved thrifting and shopping for vintage clothes. She would often buy something that didn’t fit and take the garment apart to see how it could be reinvented. Although she didn’t always know what she was looking at, the most interesting part was how the garment was constructed.

It’s not a surprise that Linda’s collection, Leaving the Station, has a vintage theme. She drew inspiration from train travel in the 1940’s. Back then, the train was the primary choice in transportation. Because of this, garments for travelers had to be timeless, tailored, stylish and constructed of fine fabrics. Linda used this inspiration and incorporated modern colours, prints and fabrics to her collection.

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As a recent graduate from the MC College Fashion Design and Apparel Production program, Linda hopes to open a tailor shop called Stitch & Treadle Custom Designs. Her focus is to customize clothing to fit her clients’ body. She’s strongly believes that a person can only be their best when they feel good in what they’re wearing.

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Follow her on Instagram 👉@stitchandtreadle👈

 

 

RECAP: 2016 Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

Edmonton is home to some awesome local designers who are also our fashion graduates: Workhall Studio, Suka Clothing and Eve + Enoch are just a few!

 

 

Last night, MC College introduced new blood into Edmonton’s fashion scene. Twelve graduates from our fashion program showcased their collection at the New Designers Fashion Show and also launched Western Canada Fashion Week.

In attendance were, MC College staff and faculty members, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), John Chwyl (The Fashion Guy), Amber Victoria (loveambervictoria.com), Tracy Poulin (Edmonton Public Schools), Kingsway Mall, Workhall Studio, LUXX ready to wear and Marshall’s Fabrics, to name a few.

Designed and made in Edmonton, the show included everything from military inspired silhouettes to Zimbabwean inspired prints and floral appliques.

Congrats to the emerging designers on a fabulous show last night: Anne Hole, Braden Carleton, Gloria Malaba, Lillian Obianuju Onyejiuwa, Mikaela Supple, Martina Hrycun, Nadine Elmarsafy, Aike Zhumagulova, Listah Mutsaro, Shawna White, Maggie Chow and Bayenah Batterjee.

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The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Kendra Evertson of ‘Kendra Lee’ and Gabriela Cruz of ‘Cruz Clothing’ and Ange McGill.

For a second year in a row, we invited a squad of High School students from St. Joseph High School and Harry Ainlay, AKA: Beauty Apprentices to assist backstage with dressing models, hair and makeup.

 

Last night’s hair and make up look: