Fete a la Main: NSCAD Fashion Gala
Student designs strut down the runway with joie de vivre
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