“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” – Jay Gatsby
The BCITMA returns with its 5th Annual Fashion Show — The Roaring 20’s. This Gatsby-themed event will showcase talented up-and-coming designers, hairstylists, make-up artists, and models from the Vancouver Lower Mainland.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our directors, committee members, and sponsors, the Fashion Show provides a platform for local industry talent to gain exposure and to build a portfolio. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to put their fundraising and event-planning skills to the test.
Meet the designers that will be featured in this year’s BCITMA Fashion Show – The Roaring 20’s!
Graduate – Vancouver Community College Fashion Arts
Emily is a recent graduate from Vancouver Community College’s Fashion Arts program. She views fashion as a 24/7 commitment, never to be seen without having carefully assembled herself from head to toe. Drawing from both reality and fantastical images, she strives for originality by fusing street wear and high fashion. She hopes her pieces will exude a balance of elegance and attitude. It was due to this powerful combination that earned Emily her proudest moments to date: features in both the Vancouver Sun and in the promotional materials of her graduating class’ final fashion show. Currently, she is working on seasonal mini collections, with original pieces to be sold online. If she can afford to take time off, she can be found dining, dancing, and catching up on the latest blockbusters – but of course, always in a meticulously coordinated outfit.
Graduate – University of Calgary
Laura Petley-Jones was born and raised in Nanaimo, BC where she started sewing her own clothes when she was 8 years old. She grew to love theatre and acting and decided to pursue a degree in drama. She graduated from the University of Calgary in June 2013 with a degree in Fine Arts where she specialized in Costume Design in the theatrical performances the university presented. She also enjoys acting, set design and playwriting. Laura recently moved to Vancouver to pursue Costume Design in the film industry, but is also open to the fashion industry or whichever path these skills may lead her down.
Student – Vancouver Community College Fashion Arts
Nicole Persak is currently a design student enrolled in the Vancouver Community College Fashion Arts Program. Having previously studied Anthropology, she entered the program with little to no experience or training in garment construction and design and has really enjoyed the process of seeing ideas and concepts through to finished garments and collections. Upon graduation, Nicole sees herself working in the fashion industry, but is not sure which form this will take as of yet. In the meantime, she looks forward to continuing to develop technically and creatively as a designer. She describes her design aesthetic as minimalist while utilizing textures and shape to create aspects of femininity and edge alike. She strives to one day launch her own ready-to-wear line and is both grateful and excited to be a part of the BCIT Marketing Association’s 5th Annual Fashion Show!
Graduate – School of Business
An inquisitive mind, an outrageous obsession, and a million little fibres woven into spectacular textiles – their collision sparked my career as a designer dressmaker.
A celebrated humanist once put the ratio of passion-to-reason bestowed in man at 24-to-1. After grauduating from business school, I found that this is approximately the ratio of time I spent making dresses versus that spent searching for something my mother refers to as gainful employment. To her endless delight, no doubt, I started making one dress a week, from scratch, and blogged about it at ADressAWeek.com.
From there, my style and philosophy as a designer emerged, with strong emphasis on bringing out the beauty of timeless elegance, the bespoke tradition, and quality craftsmanship. All the garments are locally hand-made, and tailored to the specific measurements of each client.
I look forward to exhibiting my Spring-Summer 2014 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week in March, as well as continuing to deliver quality clothing that looks and feels beautiful.
Graduate – Blanche Macdonald
Katy Baldock is a 20 year old fashion design graduate from the Blanche Macdonald Centre. She has been a part of a couple of fashion shows including a local recycling fashion show, the Blanche Macdonald grad show and Project L.O.V.E’s benefit show. Katy designs classy contemporary women’s wear and is excited to build her own fashion brand.
Paula Dee Janes
Graduate – Blanch Macdonald
The founder and designer of AWNASI; Paula Dee Janes started off on the east coast of Canada, traveling west to infiltrate the Vancouver fashion scene. With a marketing and interior design background and working with a textiles committee in an environmental institution brought on a passion for fashion. After honing her skills with some technical training and being inspired by the city of Vancouver the AWNASI label was born.
Serine Zhang is passionate about fashion, arts, and craft. Her focuses in fashion design and textile arts are firmly on growth. When she is designing, she is inspired by nature, shape, and colors. Her technical knowledge of garments’ proper fit, combined with her innate creative abilities, results in an effortless and wearable line that reflects elegance, delicacy, yet comfy.
Graduate – Vancouver Community College
Mi Huynh is a fashion designer with a vision to build up an image of modern women, powerful and feminine. Bold design and the color of gold are often seen in her collections. She started off in accounting before deciding to pursue her career as a fashion designer. She graduated from Vancouver Community College in 2013.
Graduate – Vancouver Community College Fashion Arts
Dutch born designer Jennifer Kappler has continuously taken inspiration from the important people in her life and their passions; her mother is esteemed violinist Lucia Schipperus and her father master gardener Steven Kappler. One of her earliest design memories involved her grandmother sitting her down with a huge jar of buttons and some cording; at which she would spend hours stringing buttons just to take them off and re-string them again in different patterns. Jennifer began buying fabric during her extensive travels simply because she fell in love with the textures and feel high quality European fabrics have to offer. It wasn’t until her return from Spain and Portugal that she began serious study with VCC’s Fashion Arts program, graduating in 2013. The name de volk & gosche comes from the maiden names of her two grandmothers: de volk means “for people” and gosche means “cheeky”. Therefore, de volk & gosche is for people a little on the cheeky side. Jennifer also creates children’s clothing with a European esthetic under the name gingerbugZ (ginger for girls, bugZ for boys). She is an avid supporter of the Because I am A Girl campaign with Plan Canada and sponsors two girls in Columbia.
Graduate – Blanche Macdonald
Ranjit Heer, founder and owner of HEER, is a Vancouver based Designer who graduated from Blanche MacDonald Center. After that, she built her private clientele and has been designing for them ever since. She also specializes in custom bridal wear. The meaning of Heer is “Generous and Understanding”. Ranjit understands the needs of women who love to be creative, not only on canvas, designing, and writing, but also in fashion.
Gather your colleagues, your friends, your ma and your pa. Everyone is welcome! This is a dress-to-impress event so set those finger waves and pack those monocles; the BCITMA Events Committee is sure to deliver with another fantastic evening!
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If you have any questions please contact Fashion Show Director, Kaela Bahrey at firstname.lastname@example.org