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!

 

RECAP: 2017 New Designers Fashion Show

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

Photo credit: AJ BATAC ajbatac.com

From internationally recognized brands such as Canada Goose, Manitobah Mukluks and Silver jeans to local designers such as Lennard Taylor, Winnipeg has historically been Canada’s garment manufacturing centre. On October 18, graduates from our Fashion Design program in Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection at the 7th annual New Designers Fashion Show at the Manitoba Museum.

The museum was the perfect venue as it was a walk through the history of Manitoba and Canada. Surrounded by exhibits about Indigenous lifestyles to vignettes celebrating Winnipeg’s historic streetscapes, the fashion show featured collections from Amy Aingidlik, Amy McPherson, Chelsea Sumter, Dimple Patel, Kalli Vera, Karleece Lapointe, Nancy Humann and Wendy Sinclair.

As part of the fashion program, each graduate designed and constructed each garment from start to finish. Graduates drew inspiration for their collection from various aspects of their life and surroundings – from their cultural heritage to the concrete jungle.

Voted as top 3 fashion events in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Nightlife Awards, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and Alumni, media, fashion bloggers, photographers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers such as Nygard International, Reitman’s and Mondetta.
From embroidered details to bold African and Ojibwe inspired prints, here’s a recap of the New Designers Fashion Show:

 

 

After a year of being diagnosed with brain cancer, Tragically Hip Canadian superstar, Gord Downie, passed away on October 17, 2017 at the age of 53. As our final farewell and a tribute, we played “Ahead by a Century” during a portion of the fashion show. “Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in” – Gord Downie.

Did you catch us on Global Winnipeg? See it here!

 

For more images, visit: http://ajbatac.com/2017-mc-college-fashion-show