SRFI grads dazzle crowds at London Fashion Week
Styles created by burgeoning fashion designers and Fellows at The Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute at FCAD, Alexandra Armata, Stephanie Moscall-Varey and Olivia Rubens, hit the runway at London Fashion Week 2020. The three alumnae were selected to showcase their collections at top-tier fashion schools in London, UK after completing their masters studies. Stephanie Moscall-Varey and Olivia Rubens presented their unique lines at the London College Press Show and Alexandra Armata, at the Central Saint Martins Press Show.
London Fashion Week, known as one of the ‘big four’ fashion events in the world, sets an international benchmark for excellence and innovation alongside fashion presented in New York, Milan and Paris. The biannual showcase presents over 250 influential designers at the forefront of fashion to a global audience of media and retailers.
Alumna Stephanie Moscall-Varey presented her MA collection titled "Pit Brow" at the London College Press Show. The collection of garments act as a celebration of blue-collar women and their integral but overlooked presence in the 1900s British Mining Industry. Stephanie collaborated with Natural Materials Studio in Denmark to design a flexible, biodegradable charcoal textile with air filtration properties to create her line.
Alumna Olivia Rubens, also one of the select designers chosen to participate at the London College Press Show, showcased her collection titled "Duplicitous Lives" which was created with a focus on knitwear using plant-based dissolvable yarn organic wool, organic Egyptian cotton, recycled plastics, recycled denim and other found objects. Through sustainable knitwear design and social justice initiatives, Olivia Rubens stands for overcoming and embracing social identity differences and battling the injustices of bullying and prejudice.
“It [the collection] questions the reality of our ‘true’ selves, sameness and our perception of others,” said Olivia. “It humorously points towards the metaphorical and literal masks we wear to conceal our identities on a daily basis.”
Alumna Alexandra Armata, presented her collection at the Central Saint Martins Press Show as a part of London Fashion Week’s official programming. Alexandra’s styles are based on "Soviet-Polish fashion seen through the eyes of the descendent" and are rooted in her own personal experience -- taking fashion references from her parent's traditional Polish wardrobes to create an unexpected twist on everyday fashion garments. As an emerging designer, Alexandra notes the impact the SRFI has had in her success.“The SRFI has been a massive support for me, whether I needed business advice or just to talk through ideas,” said Alexandra. “They are always supportive and eager to assist the fellows, which is quite a rare program to find these days for student designers.”
The Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute at FCAD is unique in the Canadian fashion landscape, offering an individualized program designed to educate, support, promote and advocate for new talent in fashion design and craftship. Undergraduates in their third and fourth year, along with recent graduates, undergo a competitive selection process to become Fellows of the Institute. Throughout the duration of the program, Fellows receive support through a variety of opportunities aimed at realizing the promise of their full potential as exceptional Canadian fashion design professionals, nationally and internationally.
Specialized programs and zones, such as the SRFI, operate within FCAD's creative ecosystem designed to inspire, incubate and propel innovation as well as complement educational programming.
“The most important thing I took away from FCAD was a sense of curiosity,” said Stephanie. “[FCAD’s education] provides you with an industry-ready approach … [and] releases you into the world with an eagerness to continue learning and questioning.”
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