Alumni Profile: Dawn Bradley

From the Paris of the Prairies (aka: Saskatoon) to New York, Dawn has traveled the globe to do what she’s most passionate about: Hair. ✂️ As a 2002 Hairstyling graduate from MC College, she is the owner of Dawn Bradley Hair … Continue reading

Alumni Profile: Marlo Steenman

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Marlo Steenman- she’s a rockstar award winning hairstylist who knows the importance of her family, friends and her “spanx for not letting [her] down” at the North American Hairstyling Awards (watch her acceptance speech below!!)

Marlo is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Hairstyling Program. Since graduating, she has:

  • Won 2015 ‘Colorist of the Year’ at the North American Hairstyling Awards (ps. Did you know that her winning pictures were taken at the Artego Creative Lounge at MC College Edmonton?!).
  • Finalist for ‘Master Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012, 2014 and 2015 Contessa Awards.
  • Finalist for ‘Colourist of the Year’ at the 2012 Mirror Awards.

Today, she is a Color Educator at Revlon Professional Canada and a Master Stylist at The Men’s Room in Edmonton, Alberta. cj0o94hveaafqkf

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Her obsession with hair started at a young age: “I remember [my dad] bringing home mannequin heads to practice on…I would do their hair…make a salon in my bedroom…I CAUGHT THE BEAUTY BUG!”.

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Coming from a family full of Hairstylists, who all went to MC College (it was called Marvel back then), she decided to enroll in the Hairstyling program as it offered everything that she was looking for: good reputation, hands-on education and opportunities to practice her craft. “Some of the Instructors still stand out to me and as I look back…I now understand the things they would tell you and it all makes sense”.

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From Master Colorist to Educator and Platform Artist, Marlo has dedicated over 26 years to the beauty industry. She has jet setted across the globe to places such as Spain, France, Mexico, Dominican Republic, New York, Las Vegas and throughout Canada to name a few, to teach and perform in hair shows.

Looking back at her career, Marlo attributes her mentor, Philip Capobianco for her success and growth. Phillip was a global performing artist, hairstylist, salon owner and creative manager at Colomer Canada. “He really guided and pushed me…Through him, I was able to meet a number of amazing artists who always support me”.

We asked her: What advice would you give to MC College students?

“Dress the part and act the part….Ask the industry people for guidance, we are an amazing community and we are willing to help each other out…you will never know everything…remember we are all students for life”.

Marlo’s Acceptance Speech:

Things only Hairstyling Students would understand:

1). Your wardrobe consists of the following colors: black, black and MORE black. 

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2). Leaving school with your hands looking like this:

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3). You start Hair school with long hair but graduate with short hair

4). Black Sharpies are your best friend

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5). Blow drying muscles (it’s a real thing!):

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6). Getting mad at people who say “dye” instead of “color”

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7). Getting into arguments with friends/clients who use box color (just don’t do it!)

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8). When your model cancels on you the day of your practical exam

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9).Naming your mannequin and taking endless selfies with it

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10). When you’re learning about perms and smell like it for the ENTIRE day

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11). Wet styling for so long, your finger tips prune up…

12). Forgetting to take a before picture of your work

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13). Carrying your mannequin in your purse and scaring everyone on the bus/train..

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Alumni Profile: Alicia Soulier

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Alicia graduated from the Hairstyling Program at the Saskatoon Campus in 2005. Since then, she has:

• been the lead Stylist at Saskatoon’s Fashion Week
• Won ‘Saskatchewan Salon Stylist of the Year’ at the 2014 Mirror Awards.
• Styled hair at Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week.
• Been nominated for ‘Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist of the Year’ at the Contessa Awards.

Currently, she is the owner and educator at Capelli Hair Studio, one of Saskatoon’s most prestigious salons.

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Why MC College?

Styling her Barbie dolls hair and making friends with Hairstylists was an early indicator that Alicia would start a career in the Beauty Industry. After taking Cosmetology classes in High School and receiving a scholarship, Alicia decided to accomplish her dream to become a Hairstylist. Her entrepreneurial spirit, need for hands-on education and word of mouth led Alicia to enroll and graduate from MC College Saskatoon. “MC College will teach you the fundamentals to becoming the best Hairstylist in the world…they give you a great foundation for the real world” says Alicia.

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Soon after graduating, Alicia was set on becoming a salon owner. After realizing that one of Saskatoon’s premiere neighborhoods lacked an upscale hair salon, she pounced on the opportunity and opened ‘Capelli Hair Studio’. In 2012, it placed top 5 in Contessa’s ‘Salon Interior of the Year’ award and was named as the best hair salon in Saskatoon by Fine Lifestyles magazine.

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Advice from Alumni

“Be humble. Be Passionate. Be respectful of your Mentors. Be passionate about what you do”

As an award winning superstar hairstylist, salon owner, educator and a board member of the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival, Alicia credits her success to her mentor, Kim Regier of Chel SalonSpa and her need for continuous learning. “Never think you know it all. Always strive for more education and inspiration” says Alicia. She is known for mentoring her staff, new Hairstylists and students so that they can become successful in their career.

Today, she continues to enter hair competitions and currently styles hair in photoshoots and fashion shows. She has done hair for Edge Agency and fashion houses such as White Dhalia House of Fashion, Hillberg and Berk, , Pyer Mossto and  Concept Korea to name a few.

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WIN A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP AT MC COLLEGE’S OPEN HOUSE!

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On April 26, we’re hosting an Open House between 10am to 2pm at all 7 campuses. Each campus will be giving away a $1000 tuition scholarship to MC College!

Visit the event to learn about MC College’s Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design* programs, and experience the exciting student atmosphere. There will be campus tours, a photo booth, and complimentary snacks and beverages. At the photo booth, don’t forget to hashtag, #mccollege or #MCOpenHouse, to get your picture featured on our website!

Current students will give mini manicures and hand massages, as well as showcase their work. Throughout the event, you’ll have the opportunity to watch and help MC College students prepare for an editorial photo shoot; from hair and make-up to wardrobe styling and camera work.

Interested in hands-on work? Staff and Alumni will be having exclusive medi-spa, make-up and hairstyling demonstrations. MC College students will demonstrate hands-on training techniques in nail art and hair coloring.

In Edmonton and Winnipeg, fashion design students and alumni will show you how to do fashion design sketches using Adobe Illustrator, pastels and water colors.

*Fashion Design Program is currently only available in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

RSVP online so we can help you make the most of your visit!
Questions?
Our Admissions Advisors are happy to answer any of your questions! If you are unable to make it to our Open House, you can contact us year-round to set up a campus tour with an Admissions Advisor.

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Alumni Profile: Trina De Busschere, co-owner of the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio

ImageFrom an early age, Trina De Busschere always had a passion for the beauty and fashion industry. Growing up, she “found herself always wanting to have ‘her’ hands in people’s hair and found hairstylists fascinating”. After graduating from MC College Saskatoon in 2001, Trina worked at a local hair salon for 7 years, where she developed a large clientele and obtained her Journeyperson Certificate. Between 2006 and 2010, she was hired as a Color Educator for Joico Vero color to teach color classes in salons and cosmetology schools across Saskatchewan, and got the opportunity to work with platform artists across Canada.

Upon graduating from MC College, Trina knew that her ultimate career goal was to be a salon owner: “with my experience and love for the industry over the past 10 years, I took everything into consideration and knew I could create and run an exciting salon in Saskatoon”. In 2010, Trina and a former colleague, turned their vision into reality and opened the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio.

When asked what she enjoys the most about being a salon owner, Trina stated that she “loves coming up with marketing strategies, educating myself…and motivating my team on a daily basis. Pulling out people’s talents they may not even realize and watching them grow is something that I love to see and that is what keeps me going on a daily basis.”

As a stylist, educator and a salon owner, her biggest eye-opener was when she became an entrepreneur, “Until you are a salon owner you will never know how much is involved. From considering employee livelihood…,financial decisions and so much more”.

Her advice to current and prospective MC College students is that “this industry is truly your oyster”. She says that there are endless opportunities for an exciting career in this industry, from salon ownership to travelling the world as a platform artist. “With extreme dedication, hard work, drive and passion you can truly make your dreams become a reality! Always believe in yourself, always be open to change and always continue to grow and you will be successful.”

For more information about Trina and the Lemon Tree Salon & Studio: http://thelemontree.ca/talent/salon-leaders/trina-de-busschere

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/

Fashion with Compassion

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October 18, 2013 – Last night, MC College Alumni: Nicole Campre, Sid Negium and Alisha Schick showcased their designs in the fashion show at the 17th annual Syncrude presents Fashion with Compassion. Their designs will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, in support of Sorrentino’s Compassion House.

Each of the designers created an illustration of their designs to reflect the shows theme: “Make a Statement”. Nicole Campre made her creation a statement of thought, relaxation and peace; designing a modern kimono robe with a plunging neckline. Alisa Schick of Suka Clothing designed a high collared, black and white gown with metal studs. Sid Negium, a designer based in Toronto, took a modern twist on the little black dress.

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In a local newspaper article, the designers were asked why they chose to participate:

Nicole Campre:  “I love what it represents and what it stands for. It’s such an honour to be involved — it’s such an amazing show for the community and it’s for a good cause. We’re really excited.”

Alisha Schick — Suka Clothing: “I always wondered how I could be a part of it,” she says of the show. She, like so many people, has been touched by cancer affecting loved ones. “It’s a very familiar cause to me; it really does hit home. I don’t think people are aware that this (Compassion House) exists in Edmonton and I think what they’re doing is amazing.”

Fashion with Compassion is an annual fundraiser for Compassion House Foundation, in support of Sorrentino’s Compassion House. Every year, the show is sold out to an audience of over 1400 guests, helping to make a statement about the importance of the healing journey of women fighting breast cancer.

Blind bids for the one-of-a kind pieces are accepted from Oct. 12 until Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. Winners will be notified Oct. 24

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Manitoba’s Newest Designers

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From sassy evening gowns to menswear-inspired pieces, students and staff from the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College Winnipeg showcased their final collections at the New Designers Fashion Show. The show, held at The Asper Centre for Theatre and Film on the University of Winnipeg campus, was sold out to an audience of family, friends and prominent members in Manitoba’s fashion industry.

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In attendance were Angela Vogt Schellenberg and Elayna Bilous from Black Caviar Productions, who tweeted during the show, “MC College show was excellent!! Congrats to all the grads!”

Charizabel Dizon, a fashion blogger who also attended, featured the New Designers Fashion Show in her latest blog post: http://dizonizabell.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/new-designers-2013-2014/

The graduates: Jo-Anna Wells, Kari Manty, Wilma Winberg, Melanie Wrob, Olabimpe Ofime and Victoria Kakuktinniq watched in anticipation as models strutted across the runway; showcasing their year’s worth of dedication and hard work.

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Every year, graduates design, create and present their final collections in a run-way show and are given the  opportunity to network with staff at MC College, local designers and fashion bloggers. For more information about the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program, visit: http://www.mccollege.ca/fashion_program/?