The hotel industry goes through tons of bed linens each year. In response, Eco Fashion Week is teaming up with their hotel partner to create “The Waterfront Kimono Design Contest.”
ECO Fashion Week has selected eight emerging designers to transform the used linens from the Fairmont Waterfront to design fashionable, functional and editorial worthy Kimonos. The Kimonos will be exhibited at Pacific Centre until April 24, the last day of EFW. During that time the public will be invited to vote on the top three winners.
Prizes include the following:
Coming from a culture with elaborate colors and designs, she was always interested in the fashion industry. Currently in the Fashion Design & Technology Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dhillon has become accustomed to a vast array of different skills and techniques, furthering her capabilities. The design for this kimono is rooted in a traditional kimono look and shibori dyeing technique. The goal was to incorporate happy feelings of spring and flowers. Designers such as Elie Saab and Alexander McQueen are frequent inspiration sources for Jasmin during this process.
Growing up in Asia, Zhang has a deep personal connection with Asian costumes. She has made a three-piece graduation collection with the inspiration of Japanese architecture and kimono. Her highest goal of creating a garment is to make the piece tell a story, and to make the wearer simply look stunning in the garment. This kimono idea came from national cherry blossom celebration in Japan in the springtime. Traditional kimonos can be seen everywhere during the festival. The sleeves, hemline and back tie of this kimono are all cut into interesting geometric shapes, which gives a high-fashion definition to the look.
Tran is a fashion design student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. After a few years of study and realizing she wasn’t headed in the right direction, she pursued fashion as her career. Never would I have thought that I could have so many amazing opportunities and participate within the fashion industry. The concept of this kimono is for it to welcome spring. The light blue hues are calm and gentle, yet the red adds energy and excitement. The petals on the outer skirt represent spring’s flowers. There are aspects of tradition intertwined with modern takes. It respects the kimono’s history and allows for expression of art.
Francisco is a Canadian designer for his label and house Metier Jules Francisco. His work is informed by global, historical and social spirit of craft and fashion as a changing cultural and technical landscape. The premise of Francisco’s design and inspiration is shaped by poetry, music and natural phenomena. This kimono celebrates the coming of summer and the enjoyment of springtime. Orchids in shades of bright pink add vibrant contrast and symbolizes spring. Bamboo motifs are hand embellished in the same fabric, appearing to dissolve into a distant field of green, symbolizing summer. Bamboo and orchids are amongst the Four Noble Gentlemen, which also includes chrysanthemum for autumn and plum blossoms for winter.
Soukoreff is driven by colour, pattern and functionality and started Daub + Design in 2010 to explore these attributes in relation to fashion. Her knowledge of the fashion and traditional textile practices shapes Daub + Design’s style and signature aesthetic. Lexi holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and studied Textile Design at Capilano University. The kimono uses the Wabi Sabi concept– doing what one loves without overdoing it. The soft colour palette reflects Daub + Design’s aesthetic and gold foil honours the aging materials used. Gold is often used to fix broken objects and highlight imperfections as improvements. Old is new again in this graceful and glamorous garment – renewal of materials, artistic energy and vision.
Talbot is a Vancouver based designer who specializes in fashion, costuming, wardrobe styling and illustration. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University and Blanche MacDonald Centre where she studied visual arts and design. Her work has been featured in Vancouver ECO Fashion Week, The Eastside Culture Crawl and online in Italian Vogue. Talbot is passionate about unifying art and design and bringing soft, fine details into classic tailoring. Her kimono inspiration stems from mending: the process of caring for, healing, renewing, repairing and making whole. A process of recovering beauty that might have been lost. This piece explores the mending of a heart through delicate embroidery, organic hues and a juxtaposition of raw and clean lines.
Bianca Barr is an independent fashion designer who started her line in 2004, In 2007 she completed the Fashion Arts and Design program at Vancouver Community College. Recently, her focus has been reworking vintage clothing. She also creates handmade jewellery from leather, brass, copper, silver and gemstones. This kimono design was all about classic rock and roll. Outrageous fashions of glam rock bands from the 1970’s such as Roxy Music were referenced. The imperfect patterns evokes the DIY culture of punk rock made famous by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren. All of the leather fringe and trim was made from reclaimed leather jackets. Black was used to contrast the sugary sweetness of the pastel colours. It gives a goth sensibility like that of the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from the early 1980s.
To vote for your favourite kimono, visit www.ecofashion-week.com/kimono.
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