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Aug 11, 2014

Fashion Design & Merchandising Department Update

The Fashion Design and Merchandising department at Centre for Arts and Technology is abuzz with activity lately. The senior students are busy preparing for their final graduation fashion show, we hosted an Open House recently to let the public see all the amazing things going on behind our doors and one of our alumni is headed to New York to feature her designs in a fashion week couture show!

You may have read recently about graduate Jill Setah, who is passionately pursuing her dream of becoming a recognized First Nations fashion designer. Jill is on her way to New York to show her designs in a couture fashion show in Manhattan. You can read all about her adventures on our blog and also support her crowd-funding efforts online.

Jill is definitely an exceptional alumni who has taken her pursuit of her dream career to the next level, but all of our students are committed and actively engaged in pursuing their fashion dreams.

Fashion Design and Merchandising

We visited the fashion design room last week to check in on the senior class; deep in preparations for their upcoming grad fashion show in September. Busy at their own workstations, each students has a unique vision in mind for their grad fashion show. Feathers were flying, sewing machines were humming as each designer prepared to take their mock draping garments and create the finished pieces with their chosen fabrics.Fashion Design and Merchandising

Some ostrich feathers had just arrived for one student, direct from Hong Kong. These amazing feathers will become part of the final design and will flutter down the runway in the near future. Another student was delicately cutting out individual flowers from a larger piece of fabric. These flowers will embellish a graduating garment and showcase the attention to detail developed in this program.

Fashion department head Suzette van Bakel and instructor Ingrid Uhrich spent time with each student individually, providing feedback and guidance on their pieces. Suzette is a seasoned professional in the fashion industry and brings with her many years of hands-on design and fabrication experience. Ingrid also carries more than 20 years experience in the fashion and design arena and brings a perfectionist’s eye and professional style sensibility to the program. There was a lot of love and care in the air as these seasoned designers passed on their years of knowledge to this group of up and coming designers.

Fashion Design and Merchandising

During our open house, many attended to hear Suzette and Ingrid speak on the scope of this program and have their questions answered. Guests were greeted at the door by several mannequins decked out in student garments, and pointing the way to the Fashion Design and Merchandising classroom. Many current students were also on hand to showcase their designs to friends, family and the community as well as interact with our guests.

You can visit our Fashion Design and Merchandising program page online for more information, and you can see more images of the fashion students in action on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for the next update from the Fashion Design and Merchandising program!