I was chosen with two other students (through a mini project runway challenge to make a skirt, in the post below) to represent George Brown in the annual Creativ Festival's Catwalk runway competition.
Challenge? Create an outfits for a guest, inspired by a 50s style icon, to the royal wedding.
I must say it was one of the most crazy, draining, rewarding experience.
First of all, throwing three designers with completely different visions together, is.. frightening.
Especially when we are so passionate about our views!
and then we were faced with major fitting problems (try three inch difference at the shoulder seam)& technical problems ( we don't know anything about hat making, why did we think we can make a wide brimmed hat!?)
Did I mention, we were at a convention centre, FULL of people browsing and shopping? So we had to fight through crowds as we haggle for cheaper fabrics. We were given a budget of $200 and everything used in our outfit has to be found at the convention centre. Everyone was super sweet, many people donated things to us: threads, elastics..
we spent $198 in total.
unfortunately we didn't win, but we still got amazing prizes including a steamer, swarovski beads/ necklaces.. and $50 cash :)
It was quite the experience. Midway, when a supervisor saw that I put cardboard in the hat, she asked if I bought it at the convention centre (I did not) and she said I'll get disqualified if I used it and I almost broke down! It's so exhausting because we've been at it for about 12 hours for three days!
I love the result though.
yellow. bouffon skirt. what more can a girl ask for!
It was so much fun! We were given three hours to make a stylized skirt from scratch.
We were given a table of fabrics (tiny pieces tho) which we obviously fought for.
onto other news..
I'll be giving away this one of a kind top that I sewed together, size S/M (stretch fabric, exposed back and lace sleeves!).
So to enter this giveaway...
Take a moment please and vote for my essay at CROSS LITES. It's for a scholarship I'm in desperate need of to go study abroad in a fashion design program as an international student!
Here is the essay:
They say the best thing in life is free and a smile is priceless. At a retail store that I worked at, their motto is always smile. After working there, I couldn't help keeping their motto for my daily life use; another tool in my life kit box, right next to motivation, patience and perseverance. The first person to notice the difference in me was a senior coworker, she knew me since I was a baby and we both worked at my aunt's bakery. She complimented me on how my "whole aura changed", was she exaggerating? I'll never know. I look up to her as she is one of the most warm and loving woman I know, not to mention how she can spread smiles onto every customer as easily as spreading butter on toast.
Working side by side with her started to opened up my eyes to the gift we can so easily give to strangers. I also started to grasp the value smiles hold. I believe in this modern society where no one seems to have enough time and everyone's face seems to be stuck to a phone, it is nice to slow down and have a chance to actually look around and say "hello" with a smile to the guy beside you. We don't expect for that to happen anymore and when it does it becomes a ripple effect; a movement to pass on joy to the next person. We would look forward to the subway rides more when every stranger is actually a friend in disguise, the only foreshadowing clue is a smile.
One of my best friends use to tell me that when she's emotionally down, she would take a lot pictures of herself so that she is forced to smile. They say smiling no matter what the situation is will send an automatic message to your brain that you're happy. Maybe that was why smiling became addictive, it not only makes others smile but it makes you feel good too. I can have the most horrific day, and when I'm gifted with a smile, the world freezes for just a small moment and everything bad just slides off my shoulders. Everyone can use a smile because life is tough and happiness is our only anecdote. Smiling to the concierge, barista, transit operator, professor, tourist, janitor, librarian, guy with a goatee... will make the world a rounder place.
Sneak Peek of Baby's collection @ Gladstone, amazing eco-friendly dresses.
So privileged to intern for her!
So busy busy days blurring into one. Friend and I hopped on greyhound at midnight to arrive at montreal at 6:30 am and we cafe hopped until the Jean Paul Gautier's exhibit opened. Here's one of my favourite editorial. Will share more with you! Too bad we could only stay in the romantic city for a day, jumped back on the bus at midnight and arrived in Toronto for my 8am class.
Remember to leave your name and e-mail address when or after you voted :)!