Design students give free talk at Richmond Museum

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Richmond, B.C. – A trio of students from the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will shed considerable light on the topic of design thinking during a free talk at the Richmond Museum on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.

The presentation by students Michelle Larsen, Fiona Pang and Michelle Leung is part of the museum’s Interwoven World: Identity and Fashion exhibit, which explores how fashion has evolved through time. The exhibit showcases cross-cultural influences on fashion around the globe, tying it back to how it is relevant to Richmond today.

KPU Wilson School of Design’s Fashion Design & Technology Degree remains a strong industry component as it continues to produce some of Vancouver’s most progressive and innovative apparel designers.

As they prepare to present their final collections at KPU’s annual fashion show, the three fourth-year fashion design students will provide an informative talk discussing their journey to discovering the importance of design thinking as fashion designers and its involvement in everyday life.

“Design is all around us even though we don’t always notice it,” explains Michelle Leung. “It makes life more convenient by making improvements to things that we are in constant contact with.”

Design thinking is a method for creating new ideas and for solving problems. While used in the above context to create fashion, design thinking can actually be applied to the development of any product or service.

Their unique perspective as designers allows students to speak with exclusivity about design processes and fashions while providing insights into the thinking that goes into the clothing we wear.

Attendees will also get a chance to preview their final collections that will be presented at THE SHOW on April 9 at the River Rock Show Theatre. Click for tickets.

Interwoven World: Identity and Fashion runs at the museum until July 5. The Richmond Museum is located at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond.

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Caption: (From left) Design students Michelle Larsen, Michelle Leung and Fiona Pang will share their insights on design thinking during a free talk at the Richmond Museum Jan. 29 at 7 p.m..

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