Alumni Profile: Jasmine Champagne Lusty, 2011 Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program

jasmine-lusty-e1351648897769As the Valedictorian in the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College, Jasmine Champagne Lusty has been designing and creating her own clothing since her early teens. Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she is the founder and designer of Champagne Dreams Design House. Her designs are inspired by timeless elegance and Hollywood glamour, and includes convertible pieces made from silk, organza and lace.

Her extensive portfolio includes a collaboration with the Canadian Fashion Designer, Justina McCaffrey; creating a hand-beaded evening gown for Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

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Jasmine became involved in charity for Africa when she organized a fashion show fundraiser for an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa; raising over $2000. In November of 2012, Champagne Dreams Design House partnered with a Manitoban Impact Investment fund and Deliberate Economics to develop a partnership with Ibrahim Bangura, a survivor of Sierra Leone’s civil war and a bag maker/seller. Jasmine works with Ibrahim to sell his bags in the Canadian market and invests in his company by “helping him develop better facilities, staff, skills and the success he so deserves.”

On November 16, 2013, Champagne Dreams Design House is hosting a fashion show fundraiser, ‘Making Dreams Come True’, with “all proceeds going directly to assist Ibrahim to set up a shop in Freetown where he and his employee’s will earn a fair living wage”.

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For more information about the fashion show fundraiser:
http://champagnedreams.biz/

To learn more about Ibrahim Bangura:
http://www.jhr.ca/blog/2013/01/ibrahim-di-bag-man/

Backstage at the Canadian Country Music Awards

Courtney

Courtney

This past weekend, the Canadian Country Music Awards was held in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre. Courtney and Jasmine, two of our senior Hairstyling students,  were invited to provide hairstyling services for the presenters and nominees. I had a quick chat with country music fan Courtney about her experience backstage.

Q: How did you get involved?

A: Renato, my instructor, and Analia, my campus Director, handpicked me and Jasmine to provide hairstyling services backstage.

Q: How many hairstyles did you do?

A: We did about 5 or 6 hairstyles each. We did the hair for performing artists or their wives.

Q: Who was the biggest artist’s hair you did

A: Kira Isabella was the biggest star! She won Female Vocalist of the Year.

Q: What was your highlight?

A: When Kira Isabella walked into the room and saw me and said “I like your hair and I want mine to you look like that!”

Q: Was there any obstacles?

A: Not really as Renato gave us tips on how to stage hair and how to make it last.

Q: What was it like backstage?

A: Everyone was pretty easy-going. Most wanted their hair to be curled.

Q: Did you get to watch the show?

A: I’m sure that I could have watched it from there but I watched it from home as it was a full day. We were there from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Q: Would you do it again?

A: Yes! Absolutely.

Q: What are you up to after graduation?

A: I am starting an apprenticeship soon. I plan on eventually moving my way up to a bigger salon.

Thanks Courtney!

See Courtney’s pictures from backstage at the CCMAs!

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