Fashions of Kelowna Senior Secondary grad to walk B.C.'s biggest student runway

Fri, Apr 1, 2016

Kelowna, B.C. – Kelowna Senior Secondary grad Catherine Kilgour will be one of 36 emerging designers showcasing their collections in B.C.’s biggest student fashion show: 2016 The Show, presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc.

Put on by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Wilson School of Design, the annual fashion show features the capstone collections of the university’s fashion design and technology graduating class.

“I am trilled to be almost graduated, it’s been an intense four years of my life and I’m so excited to fully start my career. I’ve become a stronger person and I believe that the program has set me up for a smooth transition into the industry. I am so proud of myself and fellow peers on what we’ve accomplished,” said Kilgour, who will be showcasing several pieces from her collection Breakwater: a line of swimwear tailored to women with fuller bust sizes.

Kilgour developed the line as part of her final project before graduating this May from her program, which provides students with a rigorous studio-based design education. The final capstone project involves extensive market and design research, and requires students to create garments that meet a perceived market need.

“I developed this line because four months of research made me realize that there is a lack of swimwear specifically tailored to fuller bust sizes, and it’s not just me. I’m excited to provide durable and figure-flattering swimwear for any water sport,” said Kilgour, adding that she has discovered the “sweet spot” of the fuller bust market, and developed swimwear tailored to size 32, 34, 36 bands, and cup sizes ranging from E through G.

Each suit in Breakwater is made with the highest quality scuba material to enable wearers to perform better in watersports. They also include strategically placed seams and coverage Kilgour says most brands fail to do.

About 2016 The Show: 

Presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc., 2016 The Show will showcase 36 emerging designers and their collections.

The industry-grade event will take place April 6 and 7 at the Imperial Vancouver. On display will be lines for men, women and children; from eco-conscious evening wear to genderless, season-less clothing. Over five sold-out shows, everything from technical apparel to loungewear to lingerie will walk the runway at B.C.’s biggest student fashion show.

Tickets have sold out. Footage and photos from the show will be available at

More information about the fashion and design programs offered at KPU's Wilson School of Design can be found here.

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    

An illustration of Catherine Kilgour's line is available on Flickr.

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