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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Pop Art Transform!!!#popart #mccollege #makeupartist

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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:

Top MC College stories from 2016

We’re taking a look back at the top stories that happened at MC College in 2016! From all 6 campuses coming together for a fundraiser to hanging out with award winning Hairstylists in Las Vegas, and much more. In chronological order:

LEARN ABOUT BEAUTY

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Early last year,  we were the first Canadian Cosmetology school to say ‘bye Felicia’ to carrying around textbooks and hello to  Pivot Point’s  digital learning platform: Learn About Beauty. This exciting new application combines social media, personalized education and a collaborative environment. From any Smartphone, computer or tablet, our students have access to an online collection of interactive materials so that they can learn at your own pace, anywhere…anytime!

For more information, visit: www.mccollege.ca/learn-about-beauty

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Every month, our Campus Directors and Instructors nominate a Student from each program for this award. Only 1 Student is chosen as the Student of the Month based on criteria such as: use of social media for personal branding, academic record and more. The winner receives an MC College gift card, feature on MC College’s social media channels and most importantly…bragging rights! Click on the names below to read about the Students of the Month from 2016:

Amber Bell 
Nikki Thorne
Adil Ehsani
Garett McCallum
Danielle White
Carley Wood
Cinthia Tejeda
Danae Desjardins
Taya Tkachuk
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Afreen Merchant


MC COLLEGE + BROWS BY G

In 2016,  we partnered with Brows by G to bring a Partial Esthetics class in the latest in eyebrow technology:  MICROBLADING.


 

GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS

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Survivor meets the Contessa’s to the extreme! Nicolette Pirrott (instagram: @sharksloveteeth)  and Tao Ping, two MC College Hairstyling Students from Edmonton were featured and competed in TLC network’s “Global Beauty Masters” show. Watch their live morning  interview on Global Edmonton TV below!


 

#ALBERTASTRONG: FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY 

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On May 12 2016, MC College organized a fundraiser across all six campuses for the Canadian Red Cross to assist those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. On this day, we donated 100% of the proceeds from our six salons and spas across Western Canada; raising over $7000!  


 

MCXNAHA 2016

From July 23 to 26, over 70 MC College students and staff made their way to Las Vegas for the 11th annual MCxNAHA show and 27th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (aka. NAHA). The highlight of the trip? Hanging out with surprise guest speaker from Kansas and 2016 NAHA Master Hairstylist of the Year nominee….ERIC FISHER. 🙌IMG_5768-1


 

DIY STUDIO

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We launched the MC College DIY Studio event. This event is a series of do-it-yourself tutorials where our Students and Staff show you everything from creating Insta-worthy Holiday hair looks on yourself to a zombie inspired make up look for Halloween.

 

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Our next DIY studio is January 12 at our Kelowna, Calgary, Red Deer and Saskatoon campus! BYOJ (bring your own jar) as we’ll be showing you how to create your own signature body scrub and shower oil using all-natural ingredients. For more info, visit: DIY Studio


 

NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW  | EDMONTON & WINNIPEG 
From  Zimbabwean prints to silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture, our annual New Designers Fashion Show was SOLD OUT in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Read more:

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Winnipeg

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Did you see MC College on Global Winnipeg Morning News and CTV Morning News? Click here to watch! 


 

SHARING THE LOVE💕

Throughout the year, MC College Students and Staff at each campus volunteered at a variety of events. Because we couldn’t just choose one event to highlight, we made a list of the top 2 events at each campus:

Kelowna

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  • Shaved over 120 heads at the 9th annual “Bald Falcon” event at Dr. Knox Middle School. $16,011 was raised for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!
  • Students were the official hair and makeup artists for Kelowna Community Theatre’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

Edmonton

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  • Pinked and shaved heads at the 13th annual Northern Alberta Hair Massacure event. Over 900 visited the Edmonton school to get their hair pinked.
  • Did manicures and pedicures for members of the Edmonton Police Wives Association as part of their “Pamper our Wives in Blue” event.

Red Deer

  • Students at the Red Deer campus did hair and makeup for cast members in the indie film “Break on Through”.
  • Our students volunteered at the Relay for Life in June doing free temporary unicorn hair and braids for event attendees.

Calgary

  • Kicked off the annual Southern Alberta Hair Massacure event with a full day of pinking!
  • Students and Staff helped the Calgary Fire Department break a world record in mass head shaving. Over 320 people of all ages had their heads shaved simultaneously. The Calgary Fire Department raised over $120,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Saskatoon

  • We get it, exams are stressful! This past December and April, our Saskatoon students did free manicure and hand massages at the University of Saskatchewan’s Stress Less event.
  • Free hair and up dos for graduating high school students as part of “The Princess Shop”.

Winnipeg 

  • Manicures and haircuts for the families and their children staying at the Manitoba Ronald McDonald House.
  • This past May, the Winnipeg campus did hair and makeup for the contestants of Miss Teen Canada.

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We’re so honored to be recognized in Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award 2016! As the only Canadian school recognized, MC College was an honoree and finalist in 2 categories: community involvement and technology. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries for these and many other categories. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by Modern Salon, which is a leading North American trade magazine.

 

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

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Braden Carleton

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Braden initially started in the Fashion Industry as an Assistant Merchandiser at Henry Singer. Throughout his time at MC College, he has experimented with sublimation dying, graphic prints and unique hardware details. From Italian culture to Andy Warhol and the Wild West, he draws inspiration from a variety of outlets.

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His collection, ‘Strade Palermo’, is an homage to his appreciation for design and Italian culture. From unique artisanal designs to architectural sculpture, he uses prints and embellishments to blend street style with luxury in his collection.

 

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Lilian Onyejiuwa

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In 2013, Lilian immigrated to Canada from Nigeria. Originally, she wanted to pursue a career in medicine but decided to follow her dream to be a Fashion Designer. Her career in fashion originally started when she began working as a Tailoring Assistant in Nigeria. She plans on opening a ready to wear and custom clothing store called, L&C Designs.

Inspired by her heritage, ‘Afrocentric’ incorporates traditional African designs with a bohemian twist. The collection includes casual and evening garments with rich wax prints on fun silhouettes.

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According to Lilian, wax prints are traditionally a nonverbal way of communication amongst African women. The designs on wax print fabrics are beautiful and bold, and has influenced fashion worldwide.

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Bayenah Batterjee

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Bayenah moved to Canada from Jeddah, the fashion capital of Saudi Arabia. From her cultural background to traveling, she finds inspiration everywhere she goes. Being surrounded by different fabrics, textures and colour in Jeddah inspired her to pursue a career as a Fashion Designer.

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The first garment she designed was her sisters wedding dress. In March 2016, she won third place in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition for her embroidered, faux fur and shearling coat.

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Her collection, “Naseej” includes garments with ornate embroidery and bright tropical colours. Early inspiration for the collection came from a recent trip to the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle.

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Follow her on Instagram! @Bayenah

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Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Shawna White

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Growing up in the country, Shawna had a lot of free time to daydream and get creative. She was initially drawn to the arts and design through music. Her parents were very supportive and accommodating to her overactive imagination and musical ambitions, making sure she had a guitar to play and endless art supplies to keep her busy.

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Coming to MC also allowed Shawna to fulfill a childhood dream that she shared with a cousin who is no longer with her but whom she thinks about every day. It was this relationship that truly motivated Shawna to study fashion and to pursue it as a career.

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Together they sketched ideas, collaborated on designs and shared a passion that is deeply rooted in her to this day.
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Her Graduating collection is a gritty mix of musical references and punk rock detailing. From plaid to grommets, the collection was inspired by the musician lifestyle. The garments feature silhouettes that are perfect for the jam to the after party.shawna white logo

Follow her on Instagram! @crosberry.xx

Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Martina Hrycun

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Martina was born in Vancouver but moved to Saipan for 5 years. She draws inspiration through travelling. While on a trip to Italy, she became inspired by the rich history, culture and architecture; sparking her inner creativity. Growing up, she battled with epilepsy but didn’t let that get in her way of reaching her goals to become a Fashion Designer.

 

Her collection, Paradox, incorporates minimalism with architecturally accented detailing, textured fabrics and asymmetrical elements. She says she was “inspired by creating a collection that was both minimal and interesting that’s why it’s called paradox.”

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Follow her on Instagram!! @_martina_h

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