Sunday, April 25, 2021

Vancouver Community College Fashion Grads Shine: April 2021


Written by Colleen Tsoukalas

Let there be Fashion is VCC Fashion's Video that highlights 11 Grad Fashion Students, their design inspirations and a sample of their latest collections. Sarah Murray, Coordinator of Fashion and Producer,  hosted a Zoom presentation during Digital Vancouver Fashion Week, on Sunday, April 18th and we were able to chat and comment as we watched. 

Shadi Arastehmanesh is a fine Graphic and Fashion Designer from Iran. (2017)  Her collection, TURQOISE TREASURE,  for the luxury market and her evening dresses are made from satin and organza, and feature fabulous accessories, crowns, tiaras, brooches and more. Cuffs, collars and other pieces are interchangeable so that one look can be many. Shadi talked about COVID and its effects on her design process, here.

Jaspreet Cheema designs classic apparel for women. Her collection, LIBAS, is one that offers timeless looks for all women. Her inspiration is Coco Chanel.

Brittany Cote is inspired by Horror Films and yes, she wants to design for film, and I can see her there. Silk dresses, zipper jackets, fringe skirts, black and white and so cool., this collection is named DISMAY.

Kelley Fung's line is MEMORY LANE and is all about her childhood memories. So fabric and fabric paint highlight fanciful looks that take us back but can be seen everywhere, now.

Jaya Grewal's HOT MESS, is dedicated to her mom and features brilliant colours, hand painting and a dynamic collection of very wearable styles.

Nataly Kingsley's CONNECTING GENERATIONS presents women's wear for all occasions. Nature themes are evident in her patterns. Wonderful accessories. Great fit and style make this a collection for women on the move.

Riley Simmons's PLAYING, is a vividly colourful invitation to be active, be imaginative and to play. Her clothing is great Sportswear and everyday delightful looks. She is going to study further in Graphic Design.

Celeste Sudermann - Love the title of her collection: STILL SIDEWAYS! Recycling, upcycling, using found objects and low budget, is an example of creating fashion with what is available and avoiding waste. Zippers, buckles and more are used in new ways, sideways, in her streetwear styles. Young, hip and unique! Celeste and Shadi interviewed together on CBC about their design journeys. Celeste will also be in the spotlight on this blog, very soon. Thank you, Celeste!

Rabab Loomba's collection, PRAKRTI,  is all about nature and bringing that into our clothing world. I loved her pink petal skirt and the green dress with plant patterns. She is inspired by Dolce and Gabbana.

Cristian Montoya brings his family and cultural background to his collection: EL CHARITO. Based on Mariachis uniforms, I heard music and saw performance, right away. Brass buttons, gold braid, jackets were outstanding! I can see these dynamic styles on runways around the world. 

Cayce Vanderzalm, SPELLS OF MAGIC designed a kids' collection that is playful and full of fantasy and adventure. Made to last, this is clothing that will be well loved and well worn. 

Marilyn Wilson interviewed these Grads, before we saw their video. It was such fun to be able to recognize them and know something about their collections so we could comment as we watched. More at

The video, LET THERE BE FASHION, helped me see the Designers' journey and fashion story. I can see the collections as they would appear on stage or screen and where we live, rather than just on the runway. It was inspiring to learn about what shapes a Designer: Family, School, Nature, Art, History and more. Please watch and be amazed! Thanks Grad Designers, Sarah Murray and VCC team!

See the video at ~40 minutes below or here!

Image via Olio by Marilyn

See the VCC show at ~40 mins!

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