Edmonton Fashion Graduate Profile: Aike Zhumagulova


Image credit: Heiko Ryll Photography www.heikoryll.com

Image credit: Heiko Ryll Photography www.heikoryll.com

“Fashion is Art, and Illustration is one of the forms of expressing it with endless possibilities of color texture and most creative designs.”
Aike immigrated to Canada from Kyrgyzstan to pursue her dream career in Fashion. She took part in MC College’s Beauty Apprentice program where she assisted with prepping and styling models backstage at the 2015 New Designers Fashion Show.

In the same year, Aike got the opportunity to work on a team with her fellow high school students to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine 5 event. There, Aike won a tuition scholarship to MC College to kick start her career in fashion.

Throughout her time at MC College, she has done a work placement with MC Alumni, Nicole Campre at WorkHall Studio, and was invited by Kate Spade to do live fashion illustrations at an event in Calgary.

Her collection, ‘Army of Me’, is a reflection of her love of combining colour, tradition, culture and elegance. The collection features an eclectic mix of military and minimalistic silhouettes.

Image credit: Heiko Ryll Photography

Image credit: Heiko Ryll Photography

Check her out on Instagram! 👉 @aikestyle 👈



Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show 2014


On September 18, 10 Edmonton MC College graduates from the Fashion Design program showcased their clothing collection at the New Designers Fashion Show, as part of Western Canada Fashion Week. Every student was required to design and produce 8 complete outfits. The show, held at The ATB Financial Arts Barn, was sold out to an audience of family, friends and members of Edmonton’s fashion industry.

In attendance were Joe Cairo (President of MC College), Nicole Campre (MC College alumni, Fashion Designer), Jelena Bojic (Marketing Director at Kingsway Mall), Curtis Greenland (Director of Education at Pixel Blue College), and Kyla Kaziel, Stacey Boruk and Suzy Kenny, the fashionistas from Bamboo Ballroom, and many more!!




The sound of electric guitars echoed throughout the event space as models showcased the first collection. Before each show, a video montage of the new designers, created by Pixel Blue, were displayed.


View the videos here!


Carrie Bradshaw inspired tulle skirts, structured blazers and leather high-waisted skirts were a few of the clothing pieces that were featured in the show.

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The graduates found inspiration for their collections from many facets including their cultural backgrounds, life experiences, music and even the science fiction movie staring Arnold Scwarzenegger, ‘Predator’.

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While models strutted across the runway, 6 Beauty Apprentices were backstage assisting with hair, make-up and wardrobe styling. As part of MC College’s initiative, Beauty Apprentice, over 100 Edmonton and surrounding High School students applied to volunteer behind the scenes at Western Canada Fashion Week.

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Congratulations to the following MC College Fashion Design graduates:
Stephanie Kimble, Emily Rault, Samantha DeCoste, Andrea Marie Lambert, Trish Opena, Joanne Zaborowski, Hanady Siffledeen, Caitlin Smerechinski, Tina Pham and Mariam Hosseini.

For a preview of the show, visit: http://instagram.com/p/tGqdKmmWK-/?modal=true

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.

Apply to be an MC College Beauty Apprentice!


Calling all future make-up artists, hairstylists and fashion designers: have you ever wondered what happens backstage at a fashion show? If you are a High School student* enrolled in Cosmetology 20/30 or Fashion Studies 20/30, you could WIN the chance to volunteer backstage at one of our Western Canada Fashion Week Shows:

September 18: MC College New Designers Fashion Show
• September 21: MC College Student Showcase

Go behind the scenes, as you’ll be helping MC College prep hair and make-up, and style models for the runway!

If you would like to apply, please speak to your Cosmetology or Fashion Studies teacher. Applications are due on September 5th 2014.

For more information, contact:
Analia Rubie
Director- Edmonton
T: 780-497-3156

*available only to COS 20, 30 and Fashion Studies 20, 30 Edmonton High School students

15 Minutes with 14 Fashion Graduates

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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.

Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey McIntyre

Kelsey McIntyre’s passion for clothing and design began at a very young age, when she started out creating dresses for her Barbies under the tutelage of her mother. Her designs eventually graduated to dresses and other finery for herself and her … Continue reading