Thursday: Sneak peek behind the scenes of B.C.'s biggest student fashion show

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Richmond, B.C. – Be one of the first to preview the collections of 39 emerging designers ahead of B.C.’s biggest student fashion show.

Every year, fourth-year fashion design and technology students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) host The Fashion Show: an industry-grade runway event that showcases the culmination of four years of rigorous, studio-based design education.

On Dec. 4, enjoy a sneak peek behind this spring’s runway curtain – the research, storyboards, look books, fabrics, style cards and business models  behind the upcoming exemplary, innovative and novel collections.

Created to serve a need in the marketplace, lines in The Show will include a gender-neutral collection for all body types; business clothing tailored to men over six feet tall; artisanal, eco-conscious evening wear; female motorcycle apparel; maternity clothes; commuter wear, and; lines for kids, to name a few.

The inaugural PRE-SHOW: Designer Spotlight was created at the request of creative, design and apparel professionals. The new open house-style showcase will allow industry to connect with students before their signature event in April, when many begin exploring employment opportunities.

Be the first to view the latest proposed collections from Western Canada’s only fashion and technology degree program. Connect with the 2015 graduating class this Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m. at KPU Richmond (8771 Lansdowne Road). The event is open to the public, with no registration required.

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KPU’s PRE-SHOW offers a great opportunity for behind-the-scenes footage of The Show, held at the River Rock April 9, 2015.

Students, instructors and KPU representatives will be available for comment at the event, as will industry representatives. Home cities of students include Aldergrove, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria.

Photos of the type of work that will be displayed can be viewed on Flickr.

For media requests and parking passes, contact Hayley Woodin.

PRE-SHOW: Designer Spotlight
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: KPU Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Road
INFO: This is an open house-style showcase. More at

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at


Caption: KPU fashion design and technology students working on their runway collection concepts, which will be displayed at the PRE-SHOW.

Media contact:
Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist, KPU
t: 604.599.2883
c: 604.364.1288

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