Diversity and inclusivity dominate at the Show 2019

Mon, Mar 18, 2019

The Show at the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is back, with diversity the dominant theme of this year’s fashion event.

This year, 23 graduating student designers will showcase their designs at the long-running fashion show, which gives them a chance to connect with industry professionals and celebrate with friends and family.

“This is one of the most exciting times of year as we celebrate the culmination of four years of student learning and growth,” says Carolyn Robertson, dean in the Wilson School of Design. “To witness the outcome is always a thrill. The student’s designs this year truly reflect the creativity and innovation of these emerging designers.”

This year’s collections cater to many different industries and people.

“There are underlying themes including inclusivity, diversity, environmental sustainability and providing clothing that is functional,” says Heather Clark, a fashion instructor at the Wilson School of Design.

Highlights include:

  • Notable collections focus on gender inclusivity, diversity in sizes, and luxury items, as well as safety for commuter cyclists.
  • Several collections focus on women who work in the trades or landscaping, where traditional clothing is primarily made for men. The trades collections are meant to be well-fitting and functional while providing safety and performance.
  • Clothing for an environmentally conscious guy who likes going to hip-hop events. The clothing incorporates leftover material into new pieces which the designer says is what music sometimes does.

The Show takes place on April 18 at the Wilson School of Design in Richmond, B.C. There will be five opportunities to watch the show throughout the day.

For more information about the Show and to buy tickets, visit kpu.ca/2019fashionshow