Student of the Month: Carley Wood

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From collecting vinyl records to designing moto jackets, our Student of the Month is Carley Wood from the Fashion Program in Winnipeg! “Carley has come a long way…and she is always on top of her game. She is hard working and…is committed to the program and it shows in the garments she creates” says MC College Winnipeg Director, Anna McGregor.

 
Why did you choose Fashion as a career?
“I grew up with my mom sewing and it caught up with me…I always knew I wanted to be in the industry and took the fashion technology class in high school. 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!”

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What do you like most about Fashion School?
“I love it all, especially designing and illustrating! When I started here, Illustrating was new to me but now I LOVE it… We are doing a merchandising course next month that I’m super excited about…I’ve created a white knee length skirt with gold lace, a cropped blouse, tailored jacket with pleated sleeves, corset, dress with deep v armholes and a tulle skirt. The most exciting project for me was the skirt…it turned out beautiful and I love the lace I used.”

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What do you love about MC College?
“I feel comfortable and at home here. Everyone is amazing. The teachers and my classmates are 100% supportive of everyone.”

 

What has been the most challenging thing you’ve learned at MC College?
“Right now, it’s the business courses. It’s an eye opener and it’s hard, but in a good way. There’s a lot that goes into starting your own business.”

What has surprised you the most about Fashion School?
“It’s much more than just learning how to sew…you learn about the history, business, starting your own collection…also, everyone is helpful and happy all the time. You always want to be here. You don’t want to be anywhere else!”

Can you tell us about your collection for the New Designers Fashion Show?
“My collection is called Cityscape and I was inspired by Winnipeg…it’s a mix of new and old buildings.. There’s coats, knit wear and crop tops…a cropped bomber and a moto jacket with shearling lining”.

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Who is your favorite Designer?
“YSL and Versace. They make beautiful gowns!”

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
“Just continue working towards your dream. Always have a goal in mind and work towards it”.

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What are your plans when you graduate?
”I keep switching but I know that I want to work in Toronto or London for merchandising or styling…or BOTH! I hope to gear my internship towards that.”

 

Follow her!!
Instagram: @car.31
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READY TO SHINE 6: A Cut Above the Rest

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From bougie dresses to blouses channeling Coachella vibes, Fashion Studies students from 7 Edmonton Public High Schools got the chance to show off their designs at Kingsway Mall’s Ready to Shine event. Now in its 6th year, the event challenges High School students to design and construct garments for evening, career and casual wear. They also made garments out of unconventional materials such as recycled newspaper, shopping bags and bubble wrap.

 

As a proud sponsor, year after year, we were excited to see the designs of Edmonton’s next top fashion designers. The garments were modelled on the runway by High School Students and local celebrities such as: Nicole Crosbie (95.7 Cruz FM), Kimberley Wynn (CTV), Stacey Brotzel (CTV), Dana Giesbrecht (Shaw TV), Nancy Carlson (Global TV) and Ami Amato (Up 99.3 FM). The show did not disappoint….it was LIT!!

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Last years’ winner of our scholarship and current MC College Fashion Student, Aike Zhumaglova, was on location to announce the winner of this year’s scholarship recipient.

Congrats to the participating High Schools: Harry Ainlay, Ross Shepard, WP Wagner, McNally, M.E Lazerte, L.Y Cairns and Jasper Place High School.

 

Did you miss the live segment on Dinner Television? You can watch it here: http://www.kingswaymall.com/ready_to_shine.asp
‘Ready to Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. This year, the event raised $20,000 for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social communities.

 

Alumni Profile: Victoria Kakuktinniq

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Victoria was born in Rankin Inket, Nunavut. Growing up, sewing traditional garments and beading was an essential part of her life. She was inspired to start a career in Fashion after designing and creating a parka as part of the Ilitaqsiniq-Nunavut Literacy Council’s Miqqut Program, which teaches traditional Inuit sewing and design. “I learned about the traditional designs first, and I incorporate the curves of the Amauti style into my designs.” says Victoria (via Elle Canada)

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Since graduating from MC College, she has moved to Iqaluit where she has launched: Victoria’s Arctic Fashion.

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Victoria with the Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Premier of Nunavut at the Northern Lights Conference in Ottawa.

Inspired by her grandmother and her Nunavut background, she incorporates Inuit culture & tradition (beading, embroidery, seal skin, fur and large hoods) with modern touches such as corset backs into her designs. “I just incorporate tradition into my pieces, but I also bring a more modern style…A lot of the embroidery I do is just floral, but I’d like to eventually incorporate other Inuit symbols…it’s really a way to keep our culture alive” Victoria says (Via Nunatsiaq Online)

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In 2015, Victoria won ‘Business of the Year’ at the Nunavut Trade Show. She has been featured in Elle Canada, Nipiit Magazine, Up Here Magazine and various newspaper articles.

Winipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/exploring-the-arctic-233904331.html

 

MC Alumni Profile: Sid Neigum

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Sid was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta. After a year in a Bachelor of Science program and working part time in retail, he decided to enroll at MC College to pursue Fashion Design as a career. At the beginning of the program, he had only ever sewn one garment. After the program he’d put together around 30 garments, including complicated designs such a leather jacket.

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In 2009, he graduated from MC College and then moved to New York to intern at Yigal Azrouel.

 

Since the launch of his career, he has won several awards, including: Western Canada Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Award (2009), Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels Award (2012), Mercedes-Benz Start Up Award (2014) and the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award (2015).

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Sid’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, Flare, Fashion Magazine, Elle Magazine and Business of Fashion to name a few.

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His garments have been worn by celebrities such as: Coco Rocha, Yasmin Warsame, Jennifer Aniston, Jada Pinkett Smith, Stacey McKenzie, Fergie, Jully Black and MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank.

Struggles only Fashion Design Students will understand:

1). Fashion week is more exciting than Christmas.

2). People constantly asking you to make clothes for them

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3). The feeling you get when someone asks you where you got your dress/skirt/pants from and you respond with: “I made it”.

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4). Finding pieces of thread everywhere. Food. Bed. Car. Literally….everywhere.

5). This meme of what people think of you:

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6). Always critiquing stranger’s and friend’s clothes (pattern making skills, seams, fabric).

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7). When you get “Judy’s” measurements wrong…

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8). When people ask you, “so you’re going to be on Project Runway?”

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9). you have a love/hate relationship with seam rippers

10). It’s the end of the world when the bobbin runs out.

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11). Your hands, arms and clothing always have pencil/paint/charcoal/pen smudges on it

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12).Gunning it on the sewing machine like you’re driving a Lamborghini

13). Always window shopping but never buying because you can always make it yourself!

14). You are a pro at making mood boards

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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Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show 2014

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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!!

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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.

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View the videos here!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6nu6iAaVa0a8jxJjmeWx9Ig49kcrRxZp

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.

Winnipeg Fashion Design Open House

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Last week, Winnipeg MC College hosted an Open House for the Fashion Design program. Friends, family members, fashionistas and the public, came through our doors to meet the students and get a sneak preview of their New Designers Collection.

With 4 weeks left in the 12 month program, students were ecstatic to unveil their months of hard work in sketching, drafting and production. From casual to evening wear, the collections included sheer fabrics, cut-outs, lace and eye catching prints. Students drew inspiration for their clothing designs from various outlets: a visit to the art gallery, local architecture and past fashion icons etc.

Throughout the event, students received feedback on their designs, gained insight into their target market and learned how to promote themselves.

seeing their work on display gave them confidence and made them realize that their hard work over the year was paying off. The Open House will help motivate them to cross the finish line” said MC College Fashion Design Instructor, Brenda Speirs-Fryatt.

Congrats to the following students. You did an amazing job at the Open House!

Carrie-Ann Wilson

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Cassandra Laroque

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Domonique Stewart

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Francesca Salenga

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Madison Tooth

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The New Designers Collection will be premiering in Fall 2014. As part of the Fashion Design program, students design, create and present their final collections, which consists of 8 original outfits, in a run-way show. Stay tuned to find out how you can attend this fashion show!

For more information about the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program, visit: http://www.mccollege.ca/fashion_program/?

 

 

READY TO SHINE 4

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Every year, MC College is a proud sponsor of Kingsway Mall’s Ready To Shine Design Challenge and Student Fashion Show. At this event, Fashion Studies student teams from 8 Edmonton High Schools design a clothing collection which is  modeled by local media celebrities and High School students at a fashion show.

From flowy evening gowns to fringe detailed skirts and dresses made out of recycled materials, High School students beamed with excitement as they showcased their months of hard work. The show, held at Kingsway Mall, was sold out to an audience of families, friends, shoppers, fashion enthusiasts and media reporters. The clothing pieces were modelled by fellow High School students and local media celebrities such as: Shannon Greer (Global TV), Jodie Sinnema (Edmonton Journal), Ziyah kamli (City TV), Gillian Foote (The Bear 100.3FM), Arlysse Wuttune (CFWE-FM), Pamela Roth (Edmonton Sun), Stacey Brotzel (CTV Edmonton) and Kimberly Wybb (CTV Edmonton).

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Months prior to the fashion show, the students were given a mystery box containing materials such as: metal washers, black mesh, glass and ceramic tiles, and paint rollers. Using these materials, along with fabric donated by Estee’s fabrics & notions, they had to create unique, themed clothing pieces. The themes included: evening, casual, party and fashion pieces that were entirely made out of recycled materials. Throughout the design process, John Chwyl (Marketing Director at Kingsway Mall) and MC College Fashion Design Instructors, Alisha Schick, Tammy Wells and Erin Monagham, critiqued the students’ work and gave them valuable design and styling advice.

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Congratulations to the following High Schools and Fashion Studies teachers:  Amiskwaciy (Laurie Sorenson), Ross Shepard (Terri Tout), LY Cairnes (Susan Saunders and Niki Wiese) , Harry Ainlay (Terry-Lynn Hyland), Jasper Place (Cheryl Boos), WP Wagner (Lynne Fenton), McNally High School (Jodie Kachkar) and M.E Lazerte (Janet Dahl-Freeman and Stella Hui-Ngo). You did a beautiful job with the collection and fashion show!

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‘Ready To Shine’ is a fundraising partnership with Kingsway mall and the Edmonton Public School Foundation to showcase young fashion designers and their creative minds. All the proceeds go to the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation’s full day kindergarten program in schools located in vulnerable social areas.

“Survival of the Fittest” Hair, Make-up and Style Competition at Calgary MC College

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Last week, Calgary MC College students from the Esthetics and Hairstyling department went head-to-head in a hair, make-up and style competition. With a strict deadline of 3 hours to execute and complete their creative concept, 6 teams ‘rose up to the challenge of their rivals’ (brownie points if you know the song!) to create looks that showcased the “Survival of the Fittest” theme. From looks that were inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week to popular television series (Survivor and Walking Dead), students were judged based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, teamwork and the quality of make-up, hair and wardrobe styling, by the tribal council (the Calgary MC College administration team). With elements such as leopard print, camouflage, feathers and sparkling East Indian Sari’s, the 6 teams got the chance to capture their creativity in a professional photo shoot!

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Congratulations to the winning team!