Sunday, April 9, 2017

Visual College of Art and Design Graduation Exhibit

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Visual College of Art and Design Graduation Exhibit April 6, 2017
Photos and writing by Dianna Drahanchuk

Two fashion design students were among the students showcasing their best at VCAD’s (Visual College of Art & Design) term graduation show of graphic design, interior design, 3D modeling and animation as well as fashion.

It is noteworthy how important women in these designers' lives played such an pivotal role in shaping the future of these two bright talents. Here are their stories.

After moving to Vancouver 5 years ago, Wei Lou started studying nutritional health at UBC. She gave up that career path for her childhood interest in the creative arts, starting with fashion. This was no mere accident as her mother, who is her inspiration and support, was involved in the fashion industry in China.

The basis of Wei’s designs are simple silhouettes, with interesting shapes and lovely ornamental embellishments. Very pretty. She is keenly interested in painting in watercolour with hopes to one day create her own fabric.

Creativity seems to be such an undeniable force . This is not the first time I have witnessed a transition from science into fashion; I wonder whether any transitions have taken place the other way around.

Nneoma Adie came from Nigeria 18 months ago specifically to take fashion design at VCAD. She found the school online where VCAD was one of the few Canadian schools listed in the top 50 fashion schools in North America.

She loved drawing as a child and would draw clothes she wanted her aunty to sew for her. Wisely her aunty suggested that Nneoma make her own clothes and then taught her.

Although her pieces for the show are typically North American in style, with fabric of raised sequinned squares and asymmetric hemlines, she plans to go back to her country and start her own fashion label using African materials but with garments designed differently. This is an auspicious time in Nigeria for fashion design as this creative endeavour is currently being encouraged.

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