Wabi-sabi inspired Elgin grad's new fashion line

Mon, Apr 4, 2016

White Rock, B.C. – The principles of slowness and wabi-sabi – a Japanese world view that focuses on the acceptance of transience and imperfection – inspired Elgin Secondary grad Madeleine McKibbon’s latest fashion collection, Maison Margot.

Created for women who want to buy less and wear their clothes more, Maison Margot will be unveiled alongside the collections of 35 other emerging designers at B.C.’s biggest student fashion show: 2016 The Show, presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc.

“My line is for women who see value in pieces that can be worn, adjusted, mended and kept for a very long time; pieces that get better as they age,” explained McKibbon, a final-year student in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) fashion design and technology program.

“The principles of wabi-sabi inspired me to create clothing for women who appreciate the subtle imperfections or natural variations found in handmade objects. The Maison Margot aesthetic finds balance through asymmetry, beauty in nature and depth in simplicity,” she added.

Hosted by the Wilson School of Design at KPU, 2016 The Show will feature the work of the school’s graduating fashion design and technology class over five sold-out shows at the Imperial Vancouver April 6 and 7. The four-year degree 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.

“This line is the opposite of mass-produced, cult-of-speed clothing. I wanted my collection to speak to wearers on an emotional level, rather than one of convenience and consumerism,” McKibbon said. “It’s about clothing that bears the trace of human hands and honours the art and craft of design.”

For more on Maison Margot, follow McKibbon on Instagram at @madeleinemargot.

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. A full student media kit is available online.

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An illustration of Maison Margot is available on Flickr.

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