Col­lege stu­dent puts her stamp on Canada Post de­signs

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS ✦ SOUTHERN ALBERTA - Dave Ma­bell dma­bell@leth­bridge­ Fol­low @DMa­bel­lHer­ald on Twit­ter

If your neigh­bour­hood let­ter car­rier walks by in a sharp new uni­form, you might thank Karah Ni­cholls.

A fash­ion de­sign stu­dent at Leth­bridge Col­lege, Ni­cholls won sec­ond prize in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by Canada Post in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lo­gis­tek Uni­corp. It’s aimed at pro­mot­ing new trends in uni­form gar­ments, as well as fos­ter­ing fash­ion de­sign pro­fes­sion­als’ ca­reer devel­op­ment.

“Win­ning this award was very un­ex­pected,” ad­mits Ni­cholls, the only West­ern Cana­dian se­lected for a cash prize. Hav­ing grad­u­ated from the col­lege’s Fash­ion De­sign and Sus­tain­able Pro­duc­tion pro­gram, she will use the award to al­low her to travel to Aus­tralia for a fash­ion in­tern­ship.

Com­peti­tors were asked to re-imag­ine Canada Post’s cur­rent dress code, while re­spect­ing the re­straints that the job presents.

“I tried to not only com­plete the re­quire­ments, but to also cre­ate looks that took the ba­sic uni­form to the next level,” she says. “I wanted the uni­forms to ap­peal to ev­ery­one who wears them by adding a fash­ion­able edge, while keep­ing in mind the func­tional as­pects of the uni­form.”

So Ni­cholls de­signed six dif­fer­ent uni­forms for Canada Post per­son­nel, in­clud­ing in­ner­wear and out­er­wear for a va­ri­ety of roles, cov­er­ing the chal­lenges of both sum­mer and win­ter weather.

Ni­cholls, along with fel­low stu­dent Katie Stutheit, was also se­lected re­cently to show­case her de­signs at a Sask Fash­ion Week event in Regina.

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