Tsawwassen resident fashions gender-neutral children's wear

Fri, Apr 1, 2016

Tsawwassen, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student Mackenzie Trimble will be one of 36 emerging designers showcasing their collections in the Wilson School of Design’s 2016 The Show.

The Tsawwassen resident, who graduated from South Delta Secondary in 2012, will unveil her line NEVADA•KAI over five sold-out shows at the Imperial Vancouver on April 6 and 7.

“Ever since my first time seeing The Show in Grade 8, it’s been a dream of mine to create a collection that would one day walk down its runway. I get to realize that dream. The past four years of dedication to learning the art of design, pattern making, marketing and so much more has been the most challenging and inspiring part of my life thus far,” said Trimble.

NEVADA•KAI is a collection of gender-neutral children's clothes that aims to combine the masculine and feminine parts of fashion into one cohesive collection.

“I developed this line because four months of research made me realize that there is a lack of gender-neutral children’s clothes that are actually targeted to both boys and girls, and offer a full product range. There are boys’ clothes that incorporate pink and girls’ clothes with dinosaurs but not much that is targeted to all genders,” said Trimble.

Trimble developed her line as part of her final project before graduating from KPU’s four-year fashion, design and technology program this May. The program 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.

“With my line I hope to generate awareness for gender-neutral parenting and all the benefits that come along with introducing children to both the masculinity and femininity that exists in the world around them," said Trimble, who added that after gaining some industry experience, she would love to take NEVADA•KAI to market.

For more on NEVADA•KAI, visit Facebook and Instagram.

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 kpu.ca/2016fashionshow.

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 kpu.ca.    

An illustration of Mackenzie Trimble's line is available on Flickr.

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