Sneak peek at B.C.'s biggest student fashion show

Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Richmond, B.C. – Be one of the first to preview the 36 emerging design ideas of B.C.’s biggest student fashion show at the Designer Spotlight event this Thursday.

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

Presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc., The Show is more than an entertaining event. On April 6 and 7, audiences will see the final products of a full year’s worth of work, developed through multiple years of skills training. This Thursday, guests can enjoy a sneak peek behind the runway curtain of the annual event at the Wilson School of Design’s Designer Spotlight.

Hosted at KPU Richmond from 4-8 p.m., the industry preview on Jan. 28 will highlight the market research, portfolios, fabrics, creativity and business models behind each of the graduating designers’ collections. Featured lines include season-less and genderless apparel; evening wear that is as mindful as it is beautiful; clothing for men that combines formal and casual wear; gowns that fuse local art with fashion, and; sew-free surfing apparel for west coast women.

The Designer Spotlight will be in the style of an open house, and all are welcome with no registration required. Research, portfolios and all 36 designers will be present to highlight their graduate-level work.

More information about the 2016 Designer Spotlight is available here. To learn more about The Show, which will take place at the Imperial Vancouver April 6 and 7, visit



The Designer Spotlight offers strong photo and video opportunities in advance of The Show.

Students, instructors and KPU representatives will be available for comment at the event, as will industry representatives.

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

For media requests, contact Hayley Woodin.



WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4-8 p.m.

WHERE: KPU Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Road

INFO: This is an open house showcase.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

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

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