The Mercedes Benz Fashion Start Up Competition (in partnership with IMG Fashion, and in association with the Fashion Design Council of Canada) is an initiative that provides a national platform to discover, mentor and support emerging fashion designers from across Canada.
This spring, the competition traveled to four Canadian cities – including Halifax – to qualify designers to move onto the finals at Toronto Fashion Week.
Event planning, fashion design, and audio students from our Halifax campus had the great opportunity of volunteering at the event – we did a mini-interview with one of the event planning volunteers, Chantal, below! First, listen to what Halifax Mag’s Nicole Trask had to say about the event!
“Held at the Mercedes-Benz dealership on Kempt Road, the location was befitting a modern fashion show. High ceilings, windows galore and a huge open space was the perfect setting. I would have to say that the execution of this show may have been one of the most professional I’ve seen so far in Halifax. The speeches were kept short and the focus was on the clothes. Even the models seem to be more catwalk savvy than in days gone by and with natural early evening light, it was easy to critically eye each piece.”
Event Planning Halifax: Interview with Chantal Mac Isaac
Chantal Mac Isaac is an Event & Promotions Management student in her fourth (final!) quarter at Centre for Arts and Technology Halifax. She recently had the opportunity to volunteer with her classmates at a few different fashion events in Halifax, including a charity fashion show (Fashion SOS), the Mercedes Benz Fashion Startup Competition, and Atlantic Fashion week. We caught up with her to find out about her experience as a volunteer at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Startup Competition!
Congrats – we see that you were recently involved in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Start Up Competition in Halifax. Sounds like an awesome event [check out the event photos on the Mercedes Benz Start Up Facebook page] So how did you get involved?
Michelle Kulyk, the Halifax department head for the Fashion Design and Merchandising program, sent an email out to our department head – Jim Stewart – about the need for volunteers for a number of fashion events coming up, including the Mercedes Benz Fashion Start Up Competition.
How did you help out at the event?
As a group we were asked to be there pre-show to help set-up. We set up the chairs, filled gift bags, and helped set the backstage up for the models and designers. During the event, we welcomed people to the event, managed coat check, helped seat guests, and helped with equipment backstage. After the event we tore down all of the chairs and tables, and helped clean up. The class shared the task load but we all got to try our hand at each task.
I have always been a lover of fashion. On my bucket list I have that I want to see a runway show, not in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be able to help construct one!
What a great experience! What did you take away from this opportunity?
The one lesson that I will take away from this experience is dream to big and someday it will happen; I got to see the look on the faces of the sisters [Dreamboat Lucy collection, by PEI-based sisters Louanna and Hilary Murphy] when they announced they were chosen to move on to Toronto Fashion Week, and that look solidified that lesson for me!
You’re in your final quarter, that’s exciting. What are your plans for after graduation?
Well, before I came to Centre for Arts and Technology, I completed my Culinary Arts diploma at The Culinary Institute of Canada. So after completing this event planning program, I would like to put both of my educations to use by going into banquet and catering operations.
Well it sounds like you have an exciting path ahead of you! Good luck in your final quarter Chantal!
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