Getting ready for the Thaw
April 8, 2015

The NSCAD fashion studio has been busy even when the rest of Halifax has been snow-stayed. Here, students Rose Durnan and Johana Cordero work on their collections for Thaw. (Becky Gartner Photos)

How did you spend your snow days through this long winter? Rather than sleeping in or binge-watching on Netflix, advanced fashion students were getting ready for the Thaw. 

That's the name of the NSCAD senior students’ fashion show, taking place Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.  at NSCAD’s Port Campus. Thaw will showcase the collections of nine senior students, along with four guest designers.

“This is different from your typical fashion show because it will be a little more arty,” says Becky Gartner, one of the students who will send her work down the runway. “There will be everything from more traditional tailoring to art pieces integrated into fashion.”

Through NSCAD’s Textiles/Fashion Department, students are introduced to the diverse field of textiles, encompassing art, science and technology. The four-year degree program allows students to learn the textile traditions of weaving, dyeing and printing, as well as pattern-making, sewing and embellishing of garments. The resulting knowledge and skill base enables students to develop individual garments, wearable art, haute couture and costuming for film, theatre and dance.

NSCAD’s Textiles/Fashion graduates are successful studio artists, fashion designers, owners of textile businesses, interior designers and more. For example, NSCAD alumna Janelle Brown, who showcased her work at NSCAD’s fashion show just two years ago, was named the winner of the Emerging Designer competition at Western Canada Fashion Week, March 27 to April 4. Now working at a historic site in Edmonton making costumes and doing alterations, her goal is to set up a studio and devote herself to developing her line, JJ Darling. She is known for her structured clothing and fascinators.

“I’m still trying to figure it out but I feel like I’m going somewhere,” says Janelle, who describes her look as strong but feminine. “I’ve got a good base, and that’s what NSCAD provides.”

NSCAD grad Janelle Brown (BFA 2014), left, was named the winner of the Emerging Designer competition at Western Canada Fashion Week. She won over the judges with her structured blouse with peplum, shirred pants and fascinator, modeled by Kara LaRose.

The students presenting at Thaw are: Chelsie Coles, Johana Cordero, Rose Durnan, Jingjing Gao, Becky Gartner, Myfanwy Gover, Xiaomeng Men and Stephanie Rybczyn, with guests Kelly Grant, Lee Dekel, Taylor Hickling and Madie Leroux.

Tickets are $10 in advance, available at the NSCAD Art Supply Shop, Venus Envy, and any of the participating students. Tickets are $15 at the door.

 NSCAD student Stephanie Rybczyn see at work in the fashion studio. (Becky Gartner Photo)