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.”
Growing up in Egypt has inspired Nadine’s unique design perspective. There, she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance, and started working as a Financial Analyst.
After moving to Canada, she decided to enroll in the Fashion program to pursue her life long dream of being a Fashion Designer. Nadine plans on opening a custom made clothing store which focuses on evening and special occasion wear.
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Her collection, “Gold Rush”, is inspired by modern architectural designs and romanticism. Garments in the collection incorporate Egyptian elements with sharp detailing.
Growing up, Mikaela had never thought about pursuing a career in the Fashion Industry. This changed when she took part in MC College’s Beauty Apprentice program where she helped style models backstage for the New Designers Fashion Show.
After living in Toronto several years ago, Listah discovered fashion as an outlet for her self expression. She got started in the Industry by modeling for local Designers and in Western Canada Fashion Week. After seeing garments that designers were producing, she was inspired to launch a career in the industry.
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Her collection was inspired by her Zimbabwean background. She incorporates traditional fabrics with modern silhouettes to create garments that are elegant, edgy and true to her roots.
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The collection includes evening pieces and Zimbabwean inspired garments.
Growing up, Anne was constantly on the lookout for unique garments that expressed her individuality. From thrifting to estate sales, she was always reconstructing her finds into one-of-a kind pieces. While working with the fashion label, Gypsy Soul Designs in Kelowna, Anne developed an interest for bohemian fashion.
In addition to her background in fashion, Anne pursued an education degree in child development. Although she enjoyed her time as an educational assistant, she wanted to pursue a career in a creative industry: Fashion.
“Fashion is Art, and Illustration is one of the forms of expressing it with endless possibilities of color texture and most creative designs.”
Aike immigrated to Canada from Kyrgyzstan to pursue her dream career in Fashion. She took part in MC College’s Beauty Apprentice program where she assisted with prepping and styling models backstage at the 2015 New Designers Fashion Show.
In the same year, Aike got the opportunity to work on a team with her fellow high school students to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine 5 event. There, Aike won a tuition scholarship to MC College to kick start her career in fashion.
Throughout her time at MC College, she has done a work placement with MC Alumni, Nicole Campre at WorkHall Studio, and was invited by Kate Spade to do live fashion illustrations at an event in Calgary.
From teenage misfit to Fashion Designer, Alisha has played an important role in the growth of Edmonton’s Fashion Industry. As a 2001 Fashion Design graduate from MC College Edmonton, she is the Owner and Creative Director of Suka Clothing, and a Fashion Instructor at MC College. Since graduating, she has also:
• Showcased in The Park Show in Edmonton and Calgary
• Showcased at Western Canada Fashion Week
• Been featured in Fashion Magazine, Avenue Edmonton, Georgie Magazine and Alberta Venture to name a few.
• Competed in the 2012 Mercedes Benz start up competition
• Done illustration and styling for local publications.
“Being an instructor has challenged my design beliefs and refined my skills and abilities as a designer. I learn as much from my students as they do from me” (via Fashion Magazine). As an Instructor, she has mentored Designers as such: Nicole Campre, Sid Neigum and Jessilyn Poole (Eve and Enoch) to name a few.
She became interested in fashion in High School. “In sewing class, I was with a bunch of misfits…girls that were kind of the rebel type. One of them was going to hair school at MC College and pushed me to sign up for the fashion program” she says. “Fashion for me was a complete accident…I had initially wanted to be a physiotherapist” Alisha continues (Via InTouch News).
Alisha’s career in Fashion started when she completed her internship in Toronto. “I interned with Marcus Fraser, a local business owner whose brand came out of Toronto…he was a real person to talk to because he was from Edmonton and his company started very grass roots” says Alisha. In 2007, she launched Suka Clothing. The garments are designed by Alisha and made in Edmonton, and can be purchased online (sukaclothing.co) or in-stores (Bamboo Ballroom).
What is your brand about? “Inspired by our Alter Ego. Suka Clothing is a lifestyle brand with a strong understanding for music, subcultures and high fashion. The brand offers comfortable, detail orientated design with a focus on wearability. Bold, street inspired looks are balanced with feminine silhouettes and simplicity.”
What has been the biggest eye opener since graduating? “This industry is tough, it takes a lot of hard work…be prepared for heartache and disappointment, it’s the most important step in success…You can never measure your success with anyone else…you have to DO YOU and build on that every time.”
What advice would you give to MC College students and to aspiring fashion designers? “Leave your ego at the door…Be yourself, be real, don’t give up, accept challenges and…you got to give a shit! There is no half ass in fashion…and be humble because you will never know everything there is to know.”
From Independent Fashion Designer to Entrepreneur, there are so many career paths in the Beauty and Fashion Industry. At MC College, we offer tuition scholarships, transfer credits to our programs and industry opportunities to help and support High School students achieve their dream career. On average, we award over $100,000 worth of tuition scholarships across Western Canada. As part of our Beauty Apprentice program, High School students get the exclusive chance to experience the hustle and bustle of a fashion show backstage. Our Try-A-Trade booths at Skills offer students a hands-on look into Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion.
Last month, hundreds of students across the country competed in Skills Canada. One of those students was Fashion Technology High School student, Aurora Donaldson from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in Winnipeg.
Her journey in the competition kicked off at Skills Manitoba this past April. With an audience watching her every stitch and seam, Aurora designed and constructed a tailored jacket in 6 hours! She competed against dozens of Fashion Technology students across Manitoba and won the coveted gold medal; allowing her to be the face of the Province at Skills Canada. In addition to placing first, she won a $3500 tuition scholarship to MC College to further her training in Fashion Design.
As a Judge at the Provincial competition and Fashion Instructor at MC College, Brenda Speirs-Fryatt, offered Aurora guidance and mentorship for the Nationals. “Aurora is extremely talented and driven too excel. She works above and beyond to perfect her design; spending hours, spares, evenings and weekends preparing for the Nationals. I am so proud of what she has achieved!” says Brenda.
From June 5th to 8th, Aurora travelled to Moncton, New Brunswick for the Skills Canada Competition and placed 4th across Canada for Fashion Technology. This week, she was announced and congratulated by Transcona MLA, Blair Yakimoski, and received a standing ovation (the only item on the agenda that received an ovation!) for her achievements.
“This passion doesn’t grow without the support, encouragement and direction of her teacher Denise Miller and Brenda Speirs-Fryatt of MC College who saw her potential and fostered it…she took her skills and that gold medal with the guidance of her mentors, she was part of team Manitoba at the skills Canada national competition…although she finished just off the podium, we are all very proud of her” says Blair Yakimoski.
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What is Skills Canada?
Skills Canada is an Olympic-style competition that promotes and highlights careers in skilled trades such as: Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Technology. Winners of the provincial competition in several trades compete against each other for the title of ‘National Champion’ and the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi in July 2017.
From collecting vinyl records to designing moto jackets, our Student of the Month is Carley Wood from the Fashion Program in Winnipeg! “Carley has come a long way…and she is always on top of her game. She is hard working and…is committed to the program and it shows in the garments she creates” says MC College Winnipeg Director, Anna McGregor.
Why did you choose Fashion as a career? “I grew up with my mom sewing and it caught up with me…I always knew I wanted to be in the industry and took the fashion technology class in high school. 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!”
What do you like most about Fashion School? “I love it all, especially designing and illustrating! When I started here, Illustrating was new to me but now I LOVE it… We are doing a merchandising course next month that I’m super excited about…I’ve created a white knee length skirt with gold lace, a cropped blouse, tailored jacket with pleated sleeves, corset, dress with deep v armholes and a tulle skirt. The most exciting project for me was the skirt…it turned out beautiful and I love the lace I used.”
What do you love about MC College? “I feel comfortable and at home here. Everyone is amazing. The teachers and my classmates are 100% supportive of everyone.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College? “Right now, it’s the business courses. It’s an eye opener and it’s hard, but in a good way. There’s a lot that goes into starting your own business.”
What has surprised you the most about Fashion School? “It’s much more than just learning how to sew…you learn about the history, business, starting your own collection…also, everyone is helpful and happy all the time. You always want to be here. You don’t want to be anywhere else!”
Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show? “My collection is called Cityscape and I was inspired by Winnipeg…it’s a mix of new and old buildings.. There’s coats, knit wear and crop tops…a cropped bomber and a moto jacket with shearling lining”.
Who is your favorite Designer? “YSL and Versace. They make beautiful gowns!”
What is the best career advice you’ve received? “Just continue working towards your dream. Always have a goal in mind and work towards it”.
Victoria was born in Rankin Inket, Nunavut. Growing up, sewing traditional garments and beading was an essential part of her life. She was inspired to start a career in Fashion after designing and creating a parka as part of the Ilitaqsiniq-Nunavut Literacy Council’s Miqqut Program, which teaches traditional Inuit sewing and design. “I learned about the traditional designs first, and I incorporate the curves of the Amauti style into my designs.” says Victoria (via Elle Canada)
Victoria with the Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Premier of Nunavut at the Northern Lights Conference in Ottawa.
Inspired by her grandmother and her Nunavut background, she incorporates Inuit culture & tradition (beading, embroidery, seal skin, fur and large hoods) with modern touches such as corset backs into her designs. “I just incorporate tradition into my pieces, but I also bring a more modern style…A lot of the embroidery I do is just floral, but I’d like to eventually incorporate other Inuit symbols…it’s really a way to keep our culture alive” Victoria says (Via Nunatsiaq Online)
In 2015, Victoria won ‘Business of the Year’ at the Nunavut Trade Show. She has been featured in Elle Canada, Nipiit Magazine, Up Here Magazine and various newspaper articles.