Fashion Design & Merchandising Graduate Jill Setah Heading to the Big Apple

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In the short time since Jill Setah graduated from the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Centre for Arts and Technology, this talented and driven Mother of 4 has achieved more than many do in an entire career. Since graduating in 2012 from the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Centre for Arts and Technology she has been busy working towards her goals as well as taking care of her children, including a 4 month old.

From cutting patterns on her kitchen table to the high fashion runways of New York, this determined fashion designer has big things in her future. Jill is one of four First Nations designers selected at National Aboriginal Fashion Week in Saskatoon to show their designs at Couture Fashion Week at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square Manhattan next Month.

To help raise awareness and funding for her trip to New York, Jill returned to Centre for Arts and Technology’s fashion design classroom to be interviewed by Global Okanagan. Since airing on Friday on local channels, Jills’ news story has since garnered national attention, airing on Global’s national channels. Jill had enlisted the help of 3 models to showcase her top designs to Global’s cameras and was all smiles as she talked about her aspirations for the trip. Hoping to simply enjoy the experience for all it’s worth, Jill also hopes to be able to meet with fashion buyers at the high fashion event. This is a once in a lifetime opprotunity for Jill and her designs, as her amazing First Nation inspired designs will be seen alongside couture fashion pieces on the runway in New York. 


A member of the Yunesit’in Nation outside of Williams Lake British Columbia, Jill is looking to both her band and the community at large to help in raising the funds needed to make this dream a reality. The fee to be able to show her designs is $2800 and that doesn’t include all the extra costs including airfare, hotel, meals etc. Jill has started a crowd funding effort to support her trip and you can donate any amount on her Gofundme page, in addition 100% of proceeds for Okanagan Womens Magazine subscriptions for the next two weeks will go towards Jill’s trip. .

Fashion Design and Merchandising department head Suzette van Bakel is exceptionally proud of Jill and was on hand for the Global interview to offer words of encouragement. “Jill overcame so much adversity during her time at CAT. She was always one of the most dedicated and driven students, right from the very beginning her goal was to become one of the top designers for first nation’s fashions. In line with that goal, she decided to name her design business 1st Lady Clothing.  We wish Jill all the success she deserves and will be here to support her every step of the way.”

Jill’s designs have been seen at several fashion shows in the valley starting at her graduation show at the Kelowna Community Theatre in 2012 to a packed house of 300+ onlookers. Jill will have a special guest spot at the upcoming fashion show for the new graduates of the Fashion Design and Merchandising program. Don’t miss Jill and our newly graduated designers as they show off their unique designs at the show in September.

 To see more photos from the day of the Global interview, please visit our Facebook album, and to see the Global interview on campus, please click HERE

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