Kwantlen fashion students ready for The Show

Emily Schmid is getting her clothing line ready for one of the most unique fashion shows in the province.

Schmid, a fourth-year fashion student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will show Sustaining Fairy Tales’ spring 2011 collection at Kwantlen’s annual fashion show at RiverRock Show Theatre on April 5.

Sustaining Fairy Tales is a line that Schmid created in September, and is something that she is passionate about.

“My childhood was really prominent in my life. Reflecting back on that I became very nostalgic, so my whole line became created around that,” Schmid said.

The Show gives a chance to the fashion students to display their work to the public, and each student has to create a line for a specific, under served market.

The H.J. Cambie graduate’s line isn’t just aimed at kids with an eye for fashion sense; it also appeals to eco-friendly consumers.

“The name is Sustaining Fairy Tales because I use 80 to 100 per cent recycled fabrics from thrift stores and by doing that it’s obviously an eco-friendly line,” Schmid said. “Each old garment from a thrift store has a story, so Sustaining Fairy Tales is creating a new story and continuing it on with the old fabrics.”

Being friendly to the environment is something that Schmid has grown up with. She grew up on a 54-acre farm before living on a 45-foot sailboat for months at a time.

“You become sustainable on yourself in the fact you can carry on life with very little,” Scmid said.

Schmid isn’t the only Richmondite who is participating in this year’s show. Two R.C.Palmer graduates, Ana Prpic and Olivia Tang, are also showing off their designs.

Prpic focused her design on maternal clothing after she witnessed how much trouble a family member had choosing clothes towards the end of her pregnancy and the start of post-pregnancy.

“What I also thought about was that the skin sensitivity isn’t just for the mother, but the baby is also really sensitive. With the fabrics that I’m using, it’sOK if the mother is holding the baby close to her; the baby won’t get irritated and it’s soft enough for the newborn’s skin,” Prpic said.

Being of Croatian decent, Prpic said she is a family-oriented person, and creating 4th Phase Maternity was the perfect fit for her.

“I feel by doing the maternity line, I’m putting my values and what is important to me in a showcase. I feel like I have a really strong connection to what I’m doing, not because I’m sewing and drafting it, but there’s also a personal connection that is really important to me as well,” Prpic said.

Tang, who was in the same graduating class as Prpic, also happens to be a salsa dancer. She said combining her passion for salsa and fashion motivated her to work on her line.

“Because I have a dance background, I thought dance wear would be something that I could really relate to and something that I would be passionate about,” Tang said. “It’s two things I enjoy, and I get to do it all at once.”

Her brand, Sero (short for Salsero, a male Salsa dancer), provides male salsa dancers with clothing that helps with perspiration and allows them to move more freely.

“I’ve chosen fabrics that help with sweating,” Tang said. “I have some strategic lines where (there is) a little more stretch when they’re dancing, and smaller arm-holes where they can lift their arms without the shoulders coming up.”

For more information on The Show, Kwantlen’s 2011 Grad Fashion Show, see www.kwantlen.ca/fashionshow.

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