Earlier this week, I sat down with the 2013 graduating Fashion class at MC College Edmonton. For the past 12 months, they were taught by leaders in Edmonton’s fashion industry: Tammy, Alisha, Kelsey and Suzy. We had a quick chat about their experiences, upcoming collections, goals, and advice. Below are a few highlights from our 15 minute chat.
It’s been 12 months of hard work. How was the process?
Various: Stressful | Go-go-go! | It’s hard but worth it!
Where do you find your creativity?
Katie: History and Victorian era
Millie: Mermaids and characters
Jessalyn: Mexican culture and lifestyle
Tell me about your line and collection.
Sneha: Indian Culture – the details and silhouettes
Millie: Mermaids, soft colors, netting, festival wear, custom prints
Danny: Post-apocalypse, new age, texture, hard lines, metallic
Katie: Beauty is Strength, natural fabrics
Heather: Line is called Solstice. It’s dramatic, good vs. evil in fairytales
Farrah: My line is called Karmiah. It’s high end contemporary, fun, sassy ready-to-wear
What are your plans after graduation?
Farrah: Working on going to West Hollywood for an internship with Bebe
Katie: Interning in Kenya for an organization where all proceeds from their clothing line goes back into the charity. I will also be develop a children’s line for them. The organization is Amani Hijou
Danny: I want to develop [costumes for] characters and intern with Cirque du Soleil
Five years from now. Where do you see yourself?
Danny: Creating zombies!
Farrah: Opening a salon and spa with clothing section for my line
Heather: Opening a Made-to-Measure store
Millie: I want to open an online store before opening a store on Whyte Ave where it is open at night and it could also be an art gallery
Jesica: I want to open a Made-to-Measure store for plus-size women
After completing the program, what advice would you give to the students starting in September?
Various: It’s worth it! | It’s a lot of work | Sleep! | Save money as materials and supplies cost a lot | Have a grasp of time-management | Have ideas logged, even a rough sketch – when you have a hectic schedule it’s great to have something to fall back on
Congratulations to the 2013 graduating class!
To see all 14 graduating collections, please visit us at Western Canada Fashion Week on September 19! For more details, visit WCFW.