From the gardens at Versailles to braids and buns with Dads, we’re taking a look back at the top MC College highlights of 2017.
STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
Starting school and studying for exams while juggling personal relationships can be an exciting and stressful time for students. This December, we partnered with Morneau Shepell to bring MC College students the Student Support Program (SSP). Through this program, students have immediate and free access to mental health and wellness support. At the touch of a button, students can anonymously call or live chat, 24/7/365, with a qualified counsellor with years of clinical experience.
For more info, visit: www.mccollege.ca/student_support_program?&edit=1
MC ABROAD: PARIS
From September 14 to 21, MC College graduates, students and staff jetsetted to the fashion and beauty capital of the world: PARIS! The trip was the perfect opportunity to travel, network with industry professionals, and draw inspiration from Parisian culture, art and architecture. From climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower to attending one of the biggest beauty exhibits: MCB by Beauté Sélection, take a look at some of our adventures from the trip:
NEW DESIGNERS FASHION SHOW
From bold African inspired prints to faux fur and Japanese minimalist designs, graduates from the fashion design program in Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their 8 outfit collection this past fall. Each garment was designed, constructed and produced by the graduates. Both shows were sold out to an audience of family, friends, MC College staff and alumni, media, fashion bloggers, local designers and representatives from Canadian retailers.
DIY STUDIO EVENTS
Throughout 2017, each campus held a series of DIY Studio events that are free and open to the public. At these events, MC College Students and Staff show attendees how to create gory zombie makeup, apply falsies and more. This year, we had the following themes: the art of braiding, make & take body scrub and oil, lash bar, patch denim jacket, my Dad did my hair and Halloween makeup. Stay tuned for the next DIY event!
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) October 26, 2017
For this years’ Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Awards, we were honoured to place first in the ‘alumni and advanced education’ category for our submission about our industry partnerships, MC Abroad to Paris, alumni program and the launch of the MC alumni web page. We were also a finalist in the ‘community involvement’ category.
MC ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS, FINALISTS & SEMI-FINALISTS
Whether it’s a graduate fresh out of school or a graduate with over 20 years of experience, we are so proud of the MC alumnus who were named semi-finalists, finalists and winners at some of the industry’s biggest events. Congratulations to:
Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel Salonspa – Saskatchewan Salon Stylist Finalist
Julie Baker, Chel Salonspa – Newcomer of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko The Salon – Alberta Salon Stylist Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairdresser of the Year Finalist
Alicia Soulier, Capelli Salon Studio – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Winner
Kelsie Kitzul, Chel SalonSpa – Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist Semi Finalist
Darci Ash, Enigma Salon & Studio – Master Colourist Semi Finalist
Alan Sluser, Koko the Salon – Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co. – Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Finalist
Sasha Gagne, Koko the Salon – New Hairstylist Finalist
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.
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) October 18, 2017
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.
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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.
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) October 19, 2017
Did you catch us on Global Winnipeg? See it here!
For more images, visit: http://ajbatac.com/2017-mc-college-fashion-show
It’s a job usually left for moms but sometimes a girl’s got to turn to her dad for some hair love. Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event ‘my dad did my hair’. With back-to-school around the corner, this was the perfect time for dads to practice what they already know and to learn new skills. From a simple pony tail to fishtail braids and the Princess Leia bun, we showed Dads how to step up their daughters’ hair game to the next level! Did you catch us on CTV, CBC and Castanet? Watch our live features here:
— CTV Winnipeg (@ctvwinnipeg) July 21, 2017
— CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) July 21, 2017
— CTV Calgary (@CTVCalgary) July 22, 2017
Couldn’t make it to our event? We’ve rounded up the top social media posts from the event!
— Kayla Dame (@KDame_MC) July 21, 2017
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) July 21, 2017
Braids, buns, ponytails oh my! Look at those dads go!! pic.twitter.com/LIe3DlCPL1
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) July 21, 2017
— Renée Rodgers (@ReneeRodgersCTV) July 20, 2017
Falsies. Some people wear them on the daily, while others have never tried them. Whether it’s a date night, special event or just because, anytime is a good time for falsies.
Last week, all 6 MC College campuses held a DIY Studio event: The Lash Bar. From drama to subtle glamour, the MC Squad (aka: Students and Instructors) showed you how to step up your lash game! At this free event, over 120 people across all 6 campuses attended the event to learn how to apply false eyelashes on themselves and their friends, entered to win a $1000 tuition scholarship and got a behind the scenes look of a lash and brow tint. For the few pros who already knew how to apply falsies, we showed them different techniques, tips and tricks.
Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at the DIY event that was captured on social media:
— Chantaal Doucet (@MCAdmissionsYEG) May 25, 2017
Here’s a snapchat recap of last week’s DIY Lash bar event! pic.twitter.com/e8JKShzZJV
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) May 29, 2017
Did you see MC College Saskatoon on CTV Morning news? Watch it here:
In case you missed out on our DIY event, here’s a step by step guide on how to apply falsies:
On April 8, all MC College campuses held an Open House that was 🔥🔥🔥; from special effects makeup and live fashion sketching to mini DIY (do-it-yourself) stations. Across the 6 campuses, over 300 people attended the event to experience what the #MCLife is all about, and to learn about career opportunities in the Beauty and Fashion Industry.
Attendees tested out our interactive learning platform, Learn About Beauty, while getting the chance to tour the campus and meet the MC Squad: staff, students, graduates and industry partners. From a braiding and contouring bar to marble nails and spring updos, each campus set up mini DIY stations so that event attendees could try out the latest beauty trends on themselves. Swag bags and a $1000 tuition scholarship were also given out at each campus – congratulations to all of the winners!
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) April 8, 2017
Attendees also got the chance to watch a live demo of mermaid hair, alien bleeding glitter, special effects makeup, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. Everyone who attended had the opportunity to play with mannequins and learn how to apply colour at the colour station.
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) April 8, 2017
At the Edmonton and Winnipeg campus, there were stations set up so that visitors could try their hand at designing their own print, draping, fashion sketching and fashion illustration.
Missed the Open House? Catch up on the awesome stuff that happened at Open House that was captured on social media:
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) April 8, 2017
Growing up, India was surrounded by the arts and music. Having parents in the creative field, she always knew she wanted a career that would allow her to express her creativity and connect with others on a personal level. Originally a Hairstylist by trade, she moved to Edmonton from Nova Scotia for opportunities in the beauty industry. “I was a few months pregnant and there weren’t many jobs in Nova Scotia”. After taking a maternity leave, she realized that it was the perfect opportunity to pursue her next dream career: an Esthetician.
“India has been a pleasure to mentor. She always has an upbeat attitude and is ready to lend a helping hand wherever she can. She brings great creativity and constant attention to detail and exceptional customer care to every guest she encounters” says Esthetics instructor, Bryce Munro.
Why did you choose Esthetics as a career?
“I was raised by 2 artists. Growing up I always wanted to get a job where I could combine art and make money at the same time. In High School, I loved painting but I knew it would be hard to get far with it. At first, I got into Hairstyling. After having a baby, I went into Esthetics because I decided that I wanted to be able to do both.”
What do you like most about the industry so far?
“Being able to be creative with no restrictions.. There are not too many industries and jobs that let you do that. Because I was raised by artists, being able to express my creativity is important to me.”
What do you love about MC College?
“The teachers are seriously so awesome….They really care about you and your ability to move forward. They go above and beyond to make sure you understand something. If you’re having trouble with a service, they are always there to guide you.”
Who or what motivates you?
“My daughter. She’s 2 years old and I just want to be the best and do the best for her.”
What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned or faced while at MC College?
“Building a clientele has been the hardest part so far. I’m also really shy and it’s hard for me to put myself out there but I’m still learning how to break it. Using Instagram to put my work up has helped out a lot with my shyness and has helped me get more clients too.”
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Don’t do too many things at once because you’ll just lose your focus. Have a goal in mind and work towards it.”
What’s your secret to getting clients?
“Always be friendly, talkative and don’t swear in front of your clients…even on your bad days! When you’re friendly and professional, people want to come back to you and sometimes they’ll even recommend you on their facebook to their friends.”
Do you have any social media tips to offer MC College Students?
“Hashtag everything because that’s how people will find your work, only post your best work and always tag MC College because they’ll repost it! I actually got featured a few times on MC’s Instagram. I got a few clients who came in and requested me because they saw my nail work featured on MC’s Instagram. It’s pretty cool. So, always tag MC College!”
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.
From fashion retailers such as Nygard International to detail oriented costumes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg has always been one of Canada’s epi-centers for fashion. This past month, MC College introduced the next generation of Designers into Winnipeg’s fashion industry at the 6th annual New Designers Fashion Show.
From silhouettes inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture to angular detailing, the fashion show included collections by MC College graduates: Linda Kroeker, Carley Wood, Maria Shendrik, Adara Pattersib, Regina Martens and Lauren Howie.
— MC College (@mccollegegroup) October 6, 2016
Hosted by Global TV’s Brittany Greenslade, the show was sold out to an audience of family, friends, local media, government officials, MC College staff and students, and Winnipeg’s fashion scene.
In attendance were, Joe Cairo (President of MC College), Lennard Taylor, Monique Andrews Morrisette (Style Hunter Fox), Black Caviar Productions, Michael Silver (Silver Jeans), Valarie Barr-Jones (Government of Manitoba), Carly Klassen (Marshall Fabrics), Sheri Doyle (Mondetta Clothing) and Merle McDougall Kroeker (Rickis Clothing) to name a few.
— Legacy Bowes Group (@legacybowes) October 5, 2016
— Dano Tanaka (@DanoTanaka) October 6, 2016
Did you catch MC College on Global Morning News and CTV Morning? Click here to watch!
The show also featured three MC College Alumnus and local designers: Victoria Kakuktinniq of Victoria’s Arctic Fashions, Ruta Tewelde of House of aRT Fashion and Madison Tooth of Illformal. Huge shoutout to Manitobah Mukluks for sponsoring the footwear for her showcase.
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!”
While taking the Fashion Technology program at Murdoch MacKay High School, Carley designed and styled costumes for two musicals. Back in June, Carley was named MC College’s Student of the Month!
Her collection, Cityscape, was inspired by Winnipeg’s architecture. The collection incorporates a mix of Winnipeg’s old and new buildings.
From the various shades of blue reflecting off skyscrapers to gray buildings tinted in pinks and purples at sunset, the collection is inspired by the colours that Carley observes throughout the city.
Follow her on Instagram! 👉 @Car.31
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.
Follow her on instagram! @queenblurblab