The Sportsplex at St. Clair College took on a theme of a venetian carnival as hundreds of spectators packed the gym to enjoy the two-hour runway show on April 30, 2016 featuring designs by first and second year students from the St. Clair Fashion Design Technician Program
Billed as “the best of what they’ve accomplished thus far” the students’ designs ranged from evening wear, draped dresses, bodices, skirts, pants and day dresses all the way up to full mini collections.
St. Clair Fashion Design Technician Program Instructor Dee-Dee Shkreli says there are 40 students total in their first and second years of the program.
“We selected the top 10 of each of the garments the students made to showcase on the runway, and they also created three to five piece collections” notes Shkreli. “Their designs are judged by our celebrity guest panel which includes representatives from the local fashion industry and the Toronto industry.”
The judging panel included President and CEO of Anne’s on the Avenue Anne Waters who has been operating her business in Windsor/Essex since 1989. Also judging was former Fashion Editor, and Opinion Page Editor at The Windsor Star, Karen Hall.
Hall is now the incoming Vice-Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor. Toronto-based Designer Franco Mirabelli from Imagined, Designed and Created in Canada along with Toronto-based Designer and Product Developer Mary Simpson from PAD System rounded out the panel.
Their final decision will be announced on the St. Clair College Facebook page.
Following the runway show the students held a pop-up shop where audience members were invited to meet the designers and shop their collections. The Fashion Design Technician Program is a two-year diploma course.
Shkreli says “many of the graduating students either end up at local boutiques or decide to move away to places like Toronto.” She adds “we are still accepting students for September enrollment.”
For more information on the St. Clair Fashion Design Technician Program, contact Coordinator Elaine Chatwood at [email protected]
Feature Photo: Designer Jeanna Brand’s collection. Lauren Pizzicaroli modelling (Left), Cay Bellis modelling, Jeanna Brand Designer and Sara Bellis modelling after the fashion show during the pop-up shop.
Story and photos by Harmony Peach