Halifax Fashion School Students Named as Finalists for National Competition

Centre for Arts and Technology Fashion Design and Merchandising students Laura Corkum and Sarom Curtis were chosen among the top 25 finalists to compete in Canada’s Breakthrough Designer challenge in Montreal. Corkum and Curtis will be the only two designers representing Atlantic Canada in this competition.  

Canada’s Breakthrough Designer is an annual design challenge hosted by Télio that brings together 22 top fashion design schools across Canada. Hundreds of students submitted sketches of their garments for this year’s theme, “Overexposed”. Twenty-five finalists are then selected to compete for 1 of 5 scholarships totaling $15,000 and will showcase their unique design on the runway during Montreal Fashion Week in February. Last year, Centre for Arts and Technology student, Mitchell Gilroy, was named top five in the same competition for technical mention.  

“I was very surprised when I found out that I was selected as one of the top 25 finalists,” said Corkum. “I can’t wait to show my design at Montreal Fashion Week.” Curtis also added that it was an honour to have his design selected as well and such a great accomplishment to make it this far. “I’m thrilled to have a fellow classmate join me in the competition,” said Curtis.  

Both students will now receive the fabric that they selected for their design and will have to complete the garments by January for judging. Although they both went through several drafts before submitting their final designs for dresses, Corkum claimed that metamorphosis was the inspiration for her design. “I wanted to design something that reflected a drastic change,” said Corkum. “It just goes to show that you can get inspiration from anywhere.”  

Corkum and Curtis are both in their second year of the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at the Centre for Arts and Technology. The program focuses on garment design for the commercial fashion industry including further study in business, finance and retail. Centre for Arts and Technology provides certificate and diploma programs for emerging industries in entertainment, digital art and information technology. The Centre consists of three Canadian college campuses in Kelowna, BC, Fredericton, NB and here in Halifax and provides a special educational experience that draws on the talent and resources of industry professionals from coast-to-coast.