Kwantlen fashion student receives silver medal at national skills competition

Mon, Jun 28, 2010

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June 29, 2010

Kwantlen fashion student receives silver medal at national skills competition

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Following her gold medal performance at the 2010 B.C. Skills Canada Competition some months ago, Kwantlen fashion and technology student Nancy Fedoruk (Vancouver) faced off with other fashion design students in Canada and took home the silver medal at the 2010 National Skills Canada Competition.

In preparation for the national competition, Fedoruk received support and guidance from her faculty, “After the provincial competition, I received congratulations from the Kwantlen fashion faculty and advice on how to prepare for the National Skills Canada Competition.”

The scope of this year’s National Skills Canada Competition was to create a two-piece cocktail dress in 14 hours over two days. The students have a maximum of six hours to cut and construct a bustier from a pattern provided and then design, cut, and sew a skirt from the block provided. Judging criteria were based on the mandatory garment, creativity of design, assembly and techniques, and general aspects.

Fedoruk believes that it was practice that helped her succeed, “The scope of the competition and fabric swatches were given prior to the competition, therefore, I was able to practice the construction of the bustier and prepare a skirt design and cutting marker.”

“Not only is Fedoruk a very focused student, she has demonstrated great leadership skills throughout her studies in the fashion design program,” comments Evelyn May, Kwantlen Faculty of Design coordinator. “She has been able to meet deadlines without fuss, which is a very important trait when working in the fashion industry.”

The Skills Canada competitions allow young Canadians, studying a skilled trade or technology, to challenge themselves to become the best in their discipline. Students compete at local, regional and provincial levels to win the right to represent their province at the national-level competition.

As the only four-year program of its kind in Western Canada, Kwantlen's Bachelor of Design (Fashion and Technology) program prepares students for careers in the global apparel economy in fashion design, production, marketing and computer technology. For more information, visit

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