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 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.