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!