Testimonials from Alumni of Fashion Design & Technology | Kwantlen Polytechnic University


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"Kwantlen's hands-on education and industry-based projects allowed me to participate in some incredible opportunities – like Fashion Week in Toronto! None of this would have happened without the help of all the wonderful Kwantlen faculty."

Dora Lee is an alumna of Kwantlen's Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design and Technology program, and Grand Prize Winner of the LG Denim DYI Contest 2009

"My 4 years at Kwantlen were some of the most fun filled, intense, hard working and rewarding years of my life. The fashion program gives you what you put into it. If you are passionate about the fashion industry and it is your dream to work in it, this is the best place to get your career started.

Not only will you leave the program grounded in the fundamentals of the industry (design, marketing, production) but you will also leave with industry experience and contacts. Whether you want to work in New York City or Vancouver, this program helps you build your career and take you wherever it is that you want to go."

Celeste Makow
Designer, Como Fred David Group

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"Kwantlen's fashion degree program played a huge role in where I'm at in my career today, which is a designer with lululemon athletica. Without the internship program and technical development skills I received at Kwantlen, working for my dream company in this position would not have been possible."

Tanya Maglio
Designer, lululemon athletica

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Edina Bartell

"I miss the group atmosphere, being able to bounce ideas off classmates and professors, and the opportunity to design for diverse markets. Industry links with MEC and Off The Wall challenged us with real-world projects and when I graduated I felt like I was already part of the industry. The program definitely prepared me for the fashion industry and I can truly say I love my job and the company I work for!"

Edina Bartell
Production Manager, Global Collective Design Inc. Arson/Orb labels

"Kwantlen was everything that I wanted in a fashion design program. With a penchant for design but a lack of technical expertise, I searched for a school that would fill that knowledge gap. That is exactly what I got with Kwantlen and I was immediately able to put everything I learned to use in my business. Without the education and ongoing support that I receive from the faculty, Evan & Dean would not be where it's at today."

Raymond Boutet
Owner, Designer, Evan & Dean


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Yang Li

"Thank you to the Kwantlen Fashion faculty for your encouragement and support while I was studying at school and for continuing to support me upon graduation by keeping me informed of job opportunities. Due to your emails, I have joined Mac & Jac."

Yang Li
Technical Design Assistant, Mac & Jac

"The experience I gained from Kwantlen's Fashion Marketing program was invaluable. The program prepared me to work in many areas of the garment industry in Montreal, Toronto and now Ottawa. The Marketing and Business courses were exceptional and were a great foundation for my Merchandising career. I have also worked in diverse areas of the industry including: Design, Import Production, and Visual Display; and have worked with companies such as Buffalo, Haggar Canada, Liquid Snowboards, Ocean Pacific, HBC to name a few. I am just as passionate about fashion as I was ten years ago when I started the program!"

Patricia L. Crowe
Merchandiser, Powerhouse Retail Services Inc.


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Cheryl Gazzard

"I used what I learned in Kwantlen's Fashion Program to help Canada Post re-design their retail uniforms. Now, they look as good as my future."

Cheryl Gazzard, former Fashion Design and Technology student, won a national competition to redesign the uniforms worn by employees in Canada Post's retail outlets.


"Kwantlen's design program prepared me through its intense curriculum. The program is very hard work. In my 4th year especially, there were endless hours spent on my collection; but you get back what you put in. What makes the program unique in comparison to others is that it realistically prepares you for jobs in the industry, which for me is a good stepping stone to beginning my own company."

Carlie Wong is an alumna of Kwantlen's Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design & Technology degree. She was a finalist on Project Runway Canada 2007.

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