Alumni Profile: Jessilyn Poole

eveandenoch_2_newJessilyn Poole is a graduate from MC College Edmonton’s Fashion Design program. Fresh out of school and driven by her dedication for “carefully curated” clothing pieces, she founded EVE + ENOCH in 2011.From clean lines to flirty silhouettes, she describes the contemporary clothing line as “very wearable and comfortable. It’s trendy, but… will last and transition into several seasons”. eve and enochAs a Canadian Fashion Designer, she is an advocate of shopping local, “I want to create clothing in my city because…people have become disconnected in retail…if you put a face behind it, you can make them realize what they’re buying and make more conscious decisions” she says.

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From sewing with a needle and thread at 5 years old to mastering the sewing machine at 7, her career in Fashion started at a young age. “I’ve always dreamed about design for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I lived in a world of scissors and construction paper. Later, I played with fabric to create clothing” says Jessilyn. After designing and constructing her High School graduation dress, Jessilyn decided to make her dream career as a Fashion Designer a reality, and enroll in a Fashion program. MC College Edmonton was the right place for her as it offered everything that she was looking for: internship opportunities, clothing line and collection development, fashion marketing, and more.

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We asked her: what was your favorite part of the course?
The New Designers Fashion Show. “It was cool to be able to show friends and family what I had designed and created. This part was helpful in showing me what fashion shows looks like and what is needed to organize one”.

As a designer and entrepreneur, her biggest eye opener was the amount of blood, sweat and tears that was put into starting a clothing line: from business loans and sourcing local materials to creating an e-commerce website. Her advice to current and prospective MC College fashion students is to be ready to live, “eat” and breathe fashion, “Be sure you’re ready to dedicate all your time. Take a little time each day…to clear your head, and get inspired and get new ideas outside of your routine”.

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Today, EVE + ENOCH is available online (eveandenoch.com) and at Bamboo Ballroom. Jessilyn’s goal is to sell her designs in retail stores across Canada and expand her production studio.

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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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