Halifax Fashion Design School Students Ready for Montreal Fashion Week

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We are very excited to have Fashion Design & Merchandising students participate as finalists in Canada’s Breakthrough Designer competition – sponsored by Telio – at Montreal Fashion Week. Halifax fashion design school students Sarom Curtis and Laura Corkum, were chosen from 485 fashion students across Canada to be in one of the 25 finalists to compete at Montreal Fashion Week, which started today. 

Both students submitted their applications with design drawings and fabric selections from Telio (a Montreal-based textile company) on the theme of “Overexposed”. With the Overexposed theme, entrants we asked to incorporate feature “intricate minimalism, buoyant simplicity or soft armour.”

Corcum and Curtis received their Telio fabrics in January, and will be competing on February 8th and 9th by having their final designs showcased on the runway as part of Montreal Fashion Week. Up for grabs are scholarships totaling $15,000. Last year, Centre for Arts and Technology student, Mitchell Gilroy, was named top five in the same competition for technical mention.  

The Fashion Design & Merchandising program is still new at the college – being in its third year – but the program has already gained great momentum in the fashion community and has been recognized as a top technical fashion design school in Canada.

Alongside advanced fashion design training, the program also teaches students skills in garment illustration and sketching, apparel construction, trend foresting, merchandising, product development, textile art and design, and fashion marketing. 

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The Chronicle Herald just ran a story featuring the Halifax students heading to Montreal Fashion Week as well-check it out! 

Big Time Beckons Designers-Nova Scotian Students Among Finalists in National Competition

Photo by TIM KROCHAK. Halifax Fashion School students in their workshopFebruary 3, 2013 – By Andrea Nemetz, Entertainment Reporter for The Chronicle Herald

Most people swat them. 

But Laura Corkum is inspired by bugs.

For the Canada’s Breakthrough Designer competition, the second-year student in the Centre for Arts and Technology’s fashion design and merchandising program created an elegant dress based on the idea of a pupa in a cocoon.

The criteria to enter the prestigious contest seemed counterintuitive, recalls Corkum, sitting in the workshop of the Halifax school.

Her design on the theme Overexposed had to feature “intricate minimalism, buoyant simplicity or soft armour,” she says.

“I started with the idea of soft armour, which led to a skeleton, and the more I drew, the more it looked like a cocoon, which is intricate and minimal.”

The 29-year-old Cape Breton native, and classmate Sarom Curtis, 23, of Halifax are among the 25 finalists selected from 485 students across the country for the annual designer competition, sponsored by Telio, a Montreal textile company.

The contest includes a two-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Montreal, a chance for finalists to have a professional model sport their design on the runaway at Montreal Fashion Week and $15,000 in scholarships.

Michelle Kulyk, who heads up the Centre for Arts and Technology program, says it’s phenomenal to have two finalists in the competition.

“It reinforces we’re on the right track,” she says, noting the program, in only its third year, is very technically focused.

Read the full story at The Chronicle Herald.

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