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Designs on Dystopia


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With just a week to go until Dystopia, it is time for the fashion students to kick it into high gear. The models are casted, the measurements are taken, and for with those long legs, some alterations have already been made.

As a student and one of the designers in the show I am very excited and nervous about the final product, and whether or not it will fit our size 0-2, 5’11” models. With little sewing experience and no pattern making skills under my belt, my creations involve a lot of draping, pinning, stitching, measuring, re-pinning, re-measuring and a lot more draping. The guessing game of how to implement the vision in my head has involved a lot of trial and error, but I couldn’t be happier with how it is all coming together. I am anxious for our final model fitting on Friday June 13th and am eager to see how all of our looks come together.

Two students in the class, Kayla Straub and Sarah Shaneman, have also been working diligently on black leather hand bags for the show. Kayla has dreams of continuing to create long after the show, and is already gaining potential clients.

“Making leather bags is something I’ve been interested in for a while and the show has finally pushed me to really pursue my passion,” says Kayla.

The head styling team is made up of three fashion forward students; Savannah Cochrane, Douglas Alfaro and Jerome Insorio. This trio is in charge of their own segments and ensuring all the segments are cohesive and uphold a dystopian image. Other students styling are Brittany Morrow, Irene Koulougliotis, Shirley Le, Shannon Drown, Sarah Shaneman and Christina Kazemi.

Along with all the students styling and designing for the show, we will also showcase Carolyn Bruce Designs jewellery. Carolyn is a Vancouver based jewellery designer and owner of The Painted Cookie. She has graciously lent her jewellery to the show and is donating a basket for out silent auction table.

DYSTOPIA the fashion show happens June 16th, 2014 at Performance Works on Granville Island, doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:00pm. Tickets are available at JCI (220 Cambie) for $20 or $25 at the door. All net proceeds go to Covenant House.

Kaylee O’Neil, JCI Fashion Student

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