Article by Marilyn R. Wilson

Images by Christopher Pike Photography

On April 9, 2015, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design offered The Show 2015 – an annual show featuring individual collections from their fashion design graduates.  These students have completed a four year Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design and Technology designed to prepare them to work in this competitive industry. The focus is on developing excellent technical skills and designing for a niche market.

Held in the beautiful River Rock Casino   in Richmond, the audience enjoyed 39 strong collections covering nine categories – Womenswear (9), Menswear (5), Sustainable (8), Activewear (5),  Childrenswear, (4) Swimwear  (1), Maternity (3), Unisex (1) and Lingerie/Burlesque (3). The road to the final looks we saw is long, starting with each student choosing a target market. Then a large number of design ideas are created for this market. This number is honed down to a tight 20-look collection featured in an industry style portfolio, and three looks brought to completion to be shown this evening.

It is impossible to share the work of all 39 designers in this article, so here is a baker’s dozen (13) of collections that caught my eye along with the designer’s line sheet description.  If you want to see more of the amazing work shown this evening, you can check out the photographer Chris Pike’s wonderful photo collection at http://bit.ly/1GYXykT


Negin Izad Negahdari

Couture/limited edition clothing for women considered transformational and special occasion.


Karley Mary-Ann Scovell

Luxury burlesque costumes for female performers between 25-35, fusing quality with originality.


Blair Hasell MacDonald

 Re-purposing second-hand vintage clothing as fabric and turning it into one-of-a-kind creations that can be passed onto the next generation.


Rosanna Yuet-Yu Fung

Theorem offers a creative menswear line of luxe streetwear with a form of art or story integrated into the garments.


Yu Wen (Angela) Huang

Classic womenswear with an androgynous twist. Target audience is women aged 30-40.


Lisa Marie Siperko

Elegant yet practical swimwear and resort wear for women ages 45-55. Features draping and custom designed prints exclusive to the brand.


James Knipe

Contemporary, menswear brand that focuses on fashion forward silhouettes and details for men ages 22-38.


Fiona Pang

Playwear for girls ages 4-8 using 100% organic cotton and natural dyes.


Amy Jing-Ya Wan

Comfortable, easy, and transitional maternity and nursery apparel for women in their thirties.


Sofia Catalina Fiorentino

No Paradigm incorporates sustainable practices by making sure all manufacturing procedures are executed ethically as well as by being highly involved with and fostering the local arts and design community. By only releasing two small size collections a year and working only with mostly natural textiles we are able to reduce our impact in the environment.


Capri Christine  Philip

Travel wear for women between the ages of 40-50. Fashion forward, low-impact womenswear for the creative woman who is looking to transition to a low-impact lifestyle.


Charity Hu

Maternity wear that appeals to your senses, creating a sense of security, waves of love, and celebration of new life through clothing. For mothers in their mid-twenties to mid-forties.


Laura Renee Psutka –

I create comfortable modern commuter wear for women on the go who want to look good while commuting by bike. The line uses fabric manipulation techniques to create ease of movement in clothing, using non-technical fabrics.

For more information on the fashion design and technology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design go to http://www.kpu.ca/fashion.