All runway images by Chris Pike Photography
This spring/summer/fall has put me so far behind on my writing, I wonder if I'll ever catch up. There was a manuscript to finish, a book cover design to finalize, editing, proofing and the purchase and move to a new house after 26 years. Sorting and packing alone took a long time. All this meant many articles were delayed.
With a new year only about 4 weeks away, the time has come to catch up on my writing and this article on Kwantlen's grad fashion show is one I always feel privileged to write. It's also great timing as the school has a Pre-Show Designer Preview this Thursday, Dec. 4th, from 4-7p.m and an Open House/Design Information Session on Dec. 6th from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m where attendees can check out the new Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University's annual Fashion Design grad presentation has been one of my favs since 2007. I haven't missed a single one and I always leave inspired. The Show 2014 was no exception. Held in April at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, it offered the final collections from their 37 strong graduates with the range of target clients widely diverse - children, men, women, outerwear, lingerie, swimwear, gowns and the list goes on.
This year I decided to approach the show differently and select ten designers to feature. I want to be clear right from the start that every single person in the audience most likely would have selected a different ten. The strength of the training in this 4-year degree program makes it tough to decide, but somehow I managed. I tried to give just a little info on each designer chosen and the reason for featuring them. Runway photos of all 37 collections are on photographer Chris Pike's website HERE. It really worth checking out.
|Shelby Gillingham - NVRLND|
|Lindie Van Vuuren - Van Vuuren|
|Julianne Mo - SiiLi|
|Courtenay Grant - Victory Rolla's|
Want to know more about the fashion design program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University? Check out their website at http://www.kpu.ca/fashion.