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In 2017, 3rd year Fashion Design & Technology student Chelsea Cox entered a national design competition to support Breast Cancer Research. Her journey was a shining example of passion, dedication and skill.

Read about Chelsea Cox's winning designs here

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KPU design student wins national competition for transforming bathroom tissue into couture

October 3rd, 2017

Transforming bathroom tissue into high-end fashion takes vision.

And the coat designed by Chelsea Cox that won last week’s national student design competition was a vision.

Cox, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) design student, stole the show at the Cashmere Bathroom Tissue Collection design competition with a coat constructed from almost 10,000 hand-sewn beads inspired by the Hudson’s Bay iconic four-point blanket. The theme for this year’s competition was Canada’s 150th birthday.

It doesn’t get much more Canadian than a winter coat. The judges agreed and awarded Cox first place. Not bad for a fashion design and technology student who decided just a couple years ago on the spur of the moment that she would apply to the Wilson School of Design at KPU. “When I applied to KPU, I applied 10 days before our portfolio was due so I had 10 days to make everything,” reminisces Cox. My grandma and my mom sew a lot so I did a few little projects with them, but I hadn’t really made clothing before.”

Working under pressure obviously works for Cox as she only had about a month to produce a garment for the Cashmere Collection competition. She made thousands of uniform beads by hand-rolling a piece of bathroom tissue around a toothpick and then setting the bead with a piece of glossy tape to give it a bead-like sheen before removing the toothpick. She then hand-sewed the 9,689 beads onto the coat in a herringbone pattern alternating white and air-brushed pink stripes.

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View Photos of Chelsea's winning design