Runway | White Cashmere Collection 2017
Marking my 7th White Cashmere Collection to date; it’s safe to say it’s one of my favourite ones ! And although every show has not only blown me away and furthered my pride in Canadian talent, this year it emphasized the young and emerging talent of design students throughout the country.
For the 14th annual White Cashmere Collection, it celebrated it with a National Fashion Student Design Competition. The acclaimed showcase enrolled eleven TOP Canadian fashion design schools and more than 150 students from across the country to participate in a semester-long challenge and help support a future without breast cancer.
Sixteen student finalists from across Canada were chosen to debut their one-of-a-kind, couture, fashioned from soft sheets of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue, at this year’s show held at the Royal Ontario Museum. A prestigious panel of judges selected three winners to receive Cashmere fashion bursaries to further their education.
This year’s #Cashmere17 16 finalists includes: Lesley Hampton and Juwyriya Hersi (George Brown College, Toronto); Adrian Arnieri and Van Yanez (Ryerson University, Toronto); Charlotte Li and Nagat Bahumaid (Seneca College, Toronto); Chen Chen and Vita Nikitenko (Collège La Salle, Montréal); Marie Pier Bergeron (Cégep Marie-Victorin, Montréal); Chelsea Cox (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia); Asli Katina Bozdag (Blanche Macdonald Centre, British Columbia); Kel Dumana and Zohre Alipour (Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver, British Columbia); Katie Stutheit (Lethbridge College, Alberta); Kayley Champagne (Olds College, Alberta); and Brianna West (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design).
Standing out from the crowd was Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Chelsea Cox who was named the winner of the 2017 Student Design Competition and a $4,000 bursary. 9,689 “tubular beads” were hand-rolled strips of Cashmere bathroom tissue sealed with clear tape; yielding a shimmering herringbone effect of Cox’s update on the iconic Hudson’s Bay coat. Ryerson University’s Adrian Arnieri took home the second place $2,000 with the third place $1,000 prize (and my personal favourite) going to Seneca College’s Charlotte Li showcasing her garment inspired by the 63-year-old widow, Annie Edson Taylor, who successfully barrelled over Niagara Falls in 1901.
Chelsea Cox – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – First Prize Winner
Adrian Arnieri – Ryerson University (Ontario) – Second Prize Winner
Charlotte Li – Seneca College (Ontario) – Third Prize Winner
Asli Katina Bozdag – Blanche Macdonald Centre (Britisth Columbia)
Brianna West – Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Nova Scotia)
Chen Chen – College La Salle (Quebec)
Juwyriya Hersi – George Brown College (Ontario)
Katie Stutheit – Lethbridge College (Alberta)
Kayley Champagne – Olds College (Alberta)
Kel Dumana – Visual College of Art & Design of Vancouver (British Columbia)
Lesley Hampton – George Brown College (Ontario)
Marie Pier Bergeron – Cégep Marie-Victorin (Quebec)
Nagat Bahumaid – Seneca College (Ontario)
Van Yanez – Ryerson University (Ontario)
Vita Nikiitenko – Collège La Salle (Quebec)
Zohre Alipour – Visual College of Art & Design of Vancouver (British Columbia)
Photos: George Pimentel