Vancouver Fashion Week S/S18 - Vancouver Community College Fiat Mode

Runway photography by Harry Leonard Imagery

I attended my first fashion design student grad show as media in September 2017. It was Vancouver Community College's (VCC) Fiat Mode XX. Now they're celebrating their 30th.  My how time flies. If memory serves me, I don't think I've missed a single one since. I reached out to the school for a comment on reaching this amazing milestone.

“We are delighted to end 30 years of Fiat Mode on such a high. The collections this season feature detailed and intelligent design, often highlighted with hand embroidery and surface design elements. We can’t wait to see what our students from the new Fashion Design & Production diploma create next season.” - Andrea Korens, Fashion Co-Program Coordinator.

A few years ago VCC moved from a school based show to featuring their grad student's collections on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week. I loved the change.  On a personal note, it simplified my life.  But on a larger scale, it gave these young designers the experience of participating in a fashion week and presented their work to an audience far larger than the family and friends who attend a school based showcase.

For Fiat Mode 30, nine talented students took to the runway with four or five look collections.  Each offered a distinctive and unique set of garments ranging from sporty to menswear to evening attire.  The images and concept descriptions speak for themselves, but I'd like to offer my congrats to the scholarship winners -
  • Circle Craft Textile Scholarship -Elham Safaei
  • Mason’s Sewing Award- Selena Bellon
  • Sally Hudson Scholastic Award- Angela Leung
  • Gabriel Levy scholarship- Ilin Hosseinpour
  • Telio Market Ready Award- Ilin Hosseinpour
Special thanks go to VCC's Fiat Mode 30 sponsors - Mason Sewing Machine, Jarislowski Fraser, Novus, Baby Lock and Arc'teryx.
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Ilin Hosseinpour

Collection Inspiration: For this collection, my inspiration is about independent women. This collection explores the power of simple, elegant and feminine shapes enhanced by uses of small or large scale embroidery details. All of the collection is navy and I embellished it a piece of hand embroidery such as birds or flowers, which is point of my inspiration. I also used delicate plisse fabric to add movement to my looks.

Selena Bellen

Collection Inspiration: I was inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The collection is evening wear; it is a mix of jackets, tops, bottoms and dresses. I use the term “sexy comfy” the garments emphasize a feminine line without showing a lot of skin. All of the fabrics have a soft hand and are generally fun to touch.

MinYi Li

Collection Inspiration: Inspired by an article called “Return of the Edwardian Sartorialist – Sambourne’s Kensington Street Style.” It’s a pre-fall ready to wear women’s collection of casual separates. Wearable and functional with detailed, intelligent designs and a handmade bow motif; it shows inspiration from the early years of the 20th century and the change from formal dress to a casual attitude.

Designer: Jessica Solomon

Collection Inspiration: Inspired by clothing you can comfortably wear at a music festival as well as lounge around as everyday clothing. Mesh is found in every outfit. Words to describe my aesthetic: Casual, Sporty, Comfortable, Body Con

Gordon Tran

Collection Inspiration: not available

Angela Leung

Collection Inspiration: My inspiration is from both Asian gardens and Chinese art/painting. The design process involved my artwork being made on raw fabric as canvas then carefully assembled into a one of a kind wearable painting. I would describe my collection’s look as elegant, asymmetric, structural and artistic

Ryan Manahan

Collection Inspiration: My collection is inspired by guitarists and music in general; post jazz punk specifically Fumito Fanryu, Junya Watanabe, and CDGShirt in terms of shape inspiration. My collection is a juxtaposition of Rock and Jazz, classic menswear and street wear, clean and raw. Aesthetically speaking, I describe my garments as loose, free, monochromatic, rough and clean.

Elham Safari

Collection Inspiration: Past-present-future, Glamour, Artistic, Sophisticated

Yu-Ting Yeh

Collection Inspiration: The main inspiration for this collection is the Victorian era fashion silhouettes (children’s wear), the Language of Flower, and the Romantic era philosophy. The definition of the Romantic era is its emphasis on emotion, individualism and glorification of the past and nature. The hand-painted flowers on the garment are inspired by the painter and botanist, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, who was a lifelong lover of flowers and plants.


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