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Monica Chandel, Gazella Cheng, Savannah Sami-Bacon, and Tiffany Mao Xu
Dec09

Apparel With Purpose: Innovative Tech Apparel Capstone Projects (Part 2/3)

The Capstone Project is a demonstration of a rigorous, evidence-based technical apparel design process that includes key elements from all previous courses within the Program and showcases students’ ability to research and define a functional apparel problem, to understand the market and business case related to that problem, and to iteratively explore and test conceptual solutions, culminating in the production of a high quality prototype through interaction with industry partners like Arc’teryx, Mustang Survival, and others. The focus is on apparel with purpose, enhancing the performance of the apparel and of the end-user. Today’s featured grads are Monica Chandel, Gazella Cheng, Savannah Sami-Bacon, and Tiffany Mao Xu.

Dhaal by Monica Chandel

Monica Chandel

Dhaal by Monica Chandel

Dhaal by Monica Chandel

Dhaal is a flexible and breathable body protector for enthusiastic boxing trainers to train both effectively and safely.

Monica Chandel

Monica Chandel completed a Masters of Science in Clothing and Textiles and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design. In addition, she also has three years of teaching experience. She hopes to combine her new skills that she has learned from the Technical Apparel Design program with her knowledge of fashion and textiles to develop more thoughtful, functional, and sustainable products.

Connect with Monica on LinkedIn.

 

The Corporeal Ideal by Gazella Cheng

Gazella Cheng Headshot

The Corporeal Ideal by Gazella Cheng

The Corporeal Ideal by Gazella Cheng

The Corporeal Ideal is a bust-supported ballet leotard for dance inclusivity with larger chested women.

Gazella Cheng

Gazella has a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Visual Arts. After completing her undergrad, she began building her dancewear brand and has been working on it ever since. In the future, she plans to further expand it into a lifestyle collection. Gazella’s experience in luxury retail and in the apparel industry sparked her interest in technical apparel design; she is curious and interested in creating thoughtful garments. 

Connect with Gazella on LinkedIn or Instagram.

 

The Catch by Savannah Sami-Bacon

Savannah Sami-Bacon

The Catch by Savannah Sami-Bacon

The Catch by Savannah Sami-Bacon

The Catch is a low profile, rowing-specific inflatable personal flotation device.

Savannah Sami-Bacon

Savannah was originally drawn to technical apparel design by her personal experience as a high performance athlete. She trained with Canada’s national rowing team as a University student and she understands the importance that clothing can have on an athlete’s performance. She has a passion for products that support athletes in pushing their physical limits and assist them on their journey to success. Informed by her background in the outdoor retail industry and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, Savannah hopes to pair her professional experience with her love for athletics and create functional products that enhance outdoor pursuits.

Connect with Savannah on LinkedIn.

 

Fly Wading Jacket by Tiffany Mao Xu

Tiffany Mao

Fly Wading Jacket by Tiffany Mao Xu

Fly Wading Jacket by Tiffany Mao Xu

Fly Wading Jacket is a fly-fishing wading jacket with innovative front-back ventilation and dry cuff and transparent cell phone pocket.

Tiffany Mao Xu

Tiffany’s passion for design started as a young child when she designed and sewed outfits for her figurine collection. Her educational background is in Engineering and she has studied in China and Korea. She completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. She is passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle and enjoys Zumba classes, running the seawall, and doing the Grouse grind. Her strong engineering background and interest in apparel design provide a unique perspective which she applies to the world of technical apparel.


Special Thanks

Thank you to our industry partners for their guidance and expertise, supporting our students with the production of their high quality prototypes. The Wilson School of Design’s Technical Apparel conceptual prototypes would not have been possible without the help of: Laura Hutchison (KPU Alumna) for supporting Monica Chandel, Mustang Survival for supporting Savannah Sami-Bacon, and Megan Bain for supporting Gazella Chang and Tiffany Mao.


Check back here in the coming weeks to learn about what the rest of these creative and forward-thinking grads have been working on.

Learn more about our Technical Apparel Design program here