Fete a la Main: NSCAD Fash­ion Gala

Stu­dent de­signs strut down the run­way with joie de vivre

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The NSCAD (Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art and De­sign) Fash­ion and Tex­tiles pro­gram is host­ing their an­nual Fash­ion Gala, where stu­dent de­sign­ers are con­tribut­ing to a decade’s worth of lo­cal run­way his­tory.

The pro­gram’s over­all goal with the gala is to give back to their lo­cal cre­ative com­mu­nity in a fun and ac­ces­si­ble way, all while sup­port­ing the de­sign­ers. Along with giv­ing ex­po­sure to these artists, the event is adding a char­i­ta­ble el­e­ment to the mix. “The pro­ceeds that come from the gala are com­piled into a schol­ar­ship that will as­sist a stu­dent in need in the fash­ion pro­gram,” says El­liot Jane Mus­sett, NSCAD Spe­cial Events Co­or­di­na­tor.

The pro­gram is the only one in Canada of its kind, and puts its stu­dents in a unique po­si­tion in the in­dus­try as it not only fo­cuses on learn­ing how to de­sign the out­fit, but the Tex­tile por­tion breaks down how all of the ma­te­ri­als are made. “The stu­dents can dye their own cloth for their run­way look, weave their own fab­ric, print and de­sign it all from scratch. It’s so in­ter­est­ing to see what they come up with each year,” says Mus­sett.

First time de­signer, Emily Guidry, is one of many who has been work­ing in the class­room set­ting for four years and is ready to show­case her de­signs. “This show is a great op­por­tu­nity to present my work and have fun while do­ing it. I am able to share my col­lec­tion with ev­ery­one, and the gala is the most per­fect way to do it.”

This is Guidry’s first time get­ting a col­lec­tion to­gether from start to fin­ish. Be­tween pre­par­ing her mod­els, to ar­rang­ing graphic de­signs for back­grounds, she has had a hand in the en­tire process. She learned so much about her­self as a de­signer as she made her way from a sketch book vi­sion to fin­ished prod­uct.

“I had to think about so many things. What’s my style? Is this au­then­ti­cally me? If not, I had to twist it to sat­isfy my­self. I learned so much about my process that way, and how to stick to my guns and to be­lieve in my vi­sion. That is more valu­able than what you think some­one else will like,” she says.

Guidry’s vi­sion is set on fash­ion in­spired from the south of France. With old 60s movies as her muse, her Brigitte Bar­dot-like mod­els will be decked out in lively pinks and cream colours with ging­ham pat­terns, Mary Jane shoes, large straw hats and big hair to match.

The col­lec­tion’s theme of “Joie De Vivre” comes from Guidry’s ad­mi­ra­tion of the French in the way they live in the present mo­ment, and how they take time aside from their busy work sched­ules to take two hours for lunch. “Our gen­er­a­tion is con­sumed with the rat race and be­ing on our cell phones all the time. This re­minds us to look in­tro­spec­tively, take time for our­selves and to stop com­pet­ing with ev­ery­one else,” says Guidry. She is cre­at­ing a col­lec­tion that tells a story – one that im­plores her gen­er­a­tion to re­boot, have some fun, and to en­joy the lit­tle joys in life.

Guidry is look­ing for­ward to see­ing her class­mates’ hard work come to life, as well as re­ceive feed­back and praise for her own work. The class had been col­lab­o­rat­ing and watch­ing each other grow over four years, and she is look­ing for­ward to the mu­tual ap­pre­ci­a­tion from de­sign­ers around her.

The NSCAD Fash­ion Gala, “Fete a la Main,” takes place on April 21st at the Casino from 6:30 to 9:30. Along with the main run­away show, the stu­dents will be showcasing their full dis­plays and sell­ing work in Ce­ram­ics, Jew­ellery, Tex­tiles, and Fash­ion be­fore and af­ter the show.

VIP ticker hold­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence a com­pli­men­tary wine and choco­late tast­ing prior to the Run­way Show in the beau­ti­ful Com­pass Room over­look­ing the har­bour, and will re­ceive an ex­clu­sive look into all of the dis­plays. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to the fol­low­ing af­ter party that in­cludes the op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with stu­dent de­sign­ers and ad­mire their col­lec­tions up close. VIP: $150 Gen­eral Ad­mis­sion: $75 Stu­dent/Un­der­waged Tick­ets: $25 cash only at the NSCAD Art Sup­ply Store

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