World Renowned Designers Attend Kwantlen Fashion Event

Sun, Mar 20, 2011

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World Renowned Designers Attend Kwantlen Fashion Event

VANCOUVER, B.C. - (March 21, 2011) - April 15 through 17, 2011 Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host fashion designers Shingo Sato, from Milan, and Timo Rissanen, from Parson’s New School of Design in NY, in a unique fashion design event that brings today’s most exciting fashion design concepts to Canada. Planned for the weekend is a public Lecture/Reception on Friday evening in the Ballroom of the Hycroft Mansion and two Master Classes open to all at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus.

For the past few years the cult fashion world has been captivated by a series of YouTube videos showing the sculpted magic of Shingo Sato and his TR (Transformational Reconstruction) techniques in fashion design. Working in Milan for ‘alta moda’ designers, Shingo Sato has taken his technical experience with Azzadine Alaia to new design frontiers as he combines the complexity of origami, couture draping, flat pattern design and flawless construction. His work has appeared on the runways of major designers and he also has his own design line in Milan. On this 2011 Tour, Mr. Sato will also be appearing at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Timo Rissanen has recently created headlines with his extremely innovative Zero Waste fashion design concepts that are changing the sustainable clothing industry. He has developed new pattern design techniques for eliminating waste from the cutting room floor and the environment, designing ingenious pattern maps so that all the fabric of a given width is employed in the design of the garment. His unusual cuts yield unusual designs and his work is often featured in sustainable design shows.

Both designers will be signing copies of the their new books, Transformational Reconstruction by Shingo Sato, and Shaping Sustainable Fashion, edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen.

Information for all events and ticket purchase for the Lecture/Reception and the Master Classes may be found at the Kwantlen Fashion Design & Technology website or Center for Pattern Design website, There is limited space for the Master Classes.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers a full degree program of fashion studies and is a leader in graduating many top designers for today’s international markets. Kwantlen has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,000 students annually have a choice from over 135 programs including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For information on the Fashion Design & Technology Program at Kwantlen:

Evelyn May, Coordinator
Tel: 604.599.2824

For information on Center for Pattern Design:

Sandra Ericson: 707-967-0852

For information about Kwantlen, contact:

Joanne Saunders
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2243