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.”

 

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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

 

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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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/?

 

 

Open house was a success!

If you attended our Open House last weekend, thanks! Over 300 people came through our doors to check out our Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Design* programs, and experience the vibrant student atmosphere.

Our students were available to give tours of the campus and do complimentary services such as manicures, hand massages and mini hair make-overs. Both guests and students had a blast with our MC College frame at the photo booth:

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In one classroom, computers were set up so guests can explore Artist Access; MC College’s online learning resource. In Artist Access, students can access their textbooks and classroom materials from their smart phones, tablets and laptops… anywhere, anytime. In another classroom, there were Financial Advisors from BMO, RBC and CIBC available to answer questions about financing and funding.

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At the event, every campus held a student-led photo shoot. From Gossip Girl to Hollywood glamour and Walking Dead themed photo shoots, MC College students did hair, make-up and wardrobe styling on models, and directed the photo shoot.

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Potential students and their families had the chance to experience student life through hands-on, interactive demos. MC College students, staff and alumni showed guests how to do trendy nail art, smokey eye make-up, fashion design sketching and up-dos for prom.

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Each campus drew for a $1000 scholarship to MC College. Congratulations to the following winners: Avory Kania, Kyle Adrian, Amanda Borisow, Lori Sawatzky, Megan Schalk, Emanuela Sofineti and Jessica Bushey! We can’t wait for you to start at MC College!

Missed the Open House? No worries! You can contact our Admissions Advisors year-round to set up a campus tour. They are more than happy to answer your questions and show you around the campus.

See you next year!!

*the Fashion Design program is currently only offered in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

Top 10 Things that Happened at MC College in 2013

It’s that time of the year again….year end lists! From volunteer events to international trips, here’s our list of the Top 10 things that happened at MC College in 2013 (in chronological order):

1). Vernon MC College’s Celebrity: Dawn-Marie Needham

In 2013, Vernon MC College director, Dawn-Marie Needham was given the opportunity to write beauty blogs for a local news paper. She is now a Beauty Consultant for The Vernon Morning Star and regularly contributes to MC College’s blog, in the segment “Beauty Tips with Dawn Marie”. A few posts that she’s written about: choosing the best hair color for your skin tone, how to get a brighter whiter smile and the benefits of wasabi massage oil, to name a few.

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2). Calgary MC College FORMA

Last January, students at the Calgary MC College campus competed in a student style competition called FORMA. Organized and founded by MC College Group, FORMA is a style competition designed to challenge students and give them the opportunity to work in teams and show off their creativity in 3 elements: Hairstyling, Makeup and Wardrobe Styling. The theme, “1940’s, 1980’s and Now” was chosen by Calgary’s Edges Salon and Spa, who also judged the students work.

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3). Edmonton Hair Massacure

Students and staff from the Edmonton MC College campus painted the town pink at the annual Hair Massacure event for Breast Cancer! This 2 part event kicked off on January 24th at the Edmonton MC College campus where Breakfast Television was on location to capture over 100 people getting their hair pinked. Included in those who were getting their hair pinked were our students and staff! The second part of Hair Massacure took place at West Edmonton Mall from 9AM to 9PM, where students assisted with shaving over 300 heads.

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More pictures: 2013 Hair Massacure Pink-Off

4). Fashion design students’ trip to New York City

From April 24 to April 29th 2013, Fashion Design students from the Edmonton and Winnipeg MC College campuses traveled to the Big Apple…New York City! During their trip, the students went on a fabric buying trip to Marcop and A&A Textiles, and toured the famous Mood Fabrics and Nanette Lepore’s design studio. On the last day, they went to the Fashion and Technology Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they saw how the advances in technology changed the fashion industry.

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For more information: MC College Takes New York City!

5). Frank Cairo Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

On May 18th 2013, Frank Cairo, Founder and Visionary of MC College Group, was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Canadians recognized for this award have been chosen because of their significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada. It was presented by Cheryl Harrison, Vice President of Operations, at the Edmonton spring graduation.

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More information: Frank Cairo Awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

6). Red Deer Children’s Festival

From May 31st to June 1st, students and staff at the Red Deer MC College campus participated at the 7th annual Children’s Festival in Red Deer. With over 8000 people in attendance, the MC College booth was a huge success and was voted the most popular booth at the event! During the 3 day event, students and staff provided the public with complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups, face painting and mini manicures. The festival’s goal is to provide fun and new activities for the Children of Central Alberta.

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7). MC College raised over $7500 for the Alberta Red Cross

MC College wanted to support the Alberta Red Cross in rebuilding communities and assisting the Southern Alberta flood victims by donating 100% of the proceeds from salon and spa services at all locations, on July 6 2013. With the help of staff, students and clients, we donated over $7500 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with the Alberta Floods relief.

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In the news: http://bit.ly/1cTj6yQ

8). #MCxNAHA 2013

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! On July 14th, students and staff from all seven MC College campuses travelled to Las Vegas for the 8th annual MC College Viva Las Vegas Conference and attended the North American Hairstyling Awards. During the conference, students attended a presentation by renowned European stylist and Pivot Point International Artistic Director Yolly Ten Koppel along with International platform artist Laddie James, Charlie Price and Laura Dunphy of Salon Magazine. The purpose of the trip is to create an exciting impression of the industry for the students by meeting and listening to industry icons.

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More information: Viva Las Vegas!

9). Graduating Fashion Show

In the early Fall, students from the Fashion Design and Apparel Production Program at MC College Edmonton and Winnipeg showcased their final design collection at the New Designers Fashion Show. Every year, graduates design, create and present their final collections in a run-way show and are given the opportunity to network with local designers and fashion bloggers.

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Edmonton New Designers Fashion Show

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10). Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. 

MC College was selected as an Honoree in the Placement category of Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award. The Placement category recognizes the school with the best approach to help students with their job placements, from Partners-in-Training programs to salon and spa visits. Hundreds of cosmetology schools from across North America submitted their entries in eight categories ranging from marketing to placement. The Excellence in Education program is presented annually by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the AACS.

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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/?