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”
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With family in the Fashion Industry and her Parisian background, Gloria has developed a unique sense of style and luxury. In the past year, she has competed in Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designers Competition. Ralph and Russo, Elie Saab and Alexandre Vauthier are a few of her fashion label icons.
Her collection, ‘Glass’, features structured looks with prints, metallic fabric and accents of faux fur. The collection also features touches of angular details, bold structures and sleek evening pieces with sequined paneling.
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.
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.
Together they sketched ideas, collaborated on designs and shared a passion that is deeply rooted in her to this day.
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.
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.
Image credit: Heiko Ryll Photography
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.
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.”