Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

From the classroom to the catwalk

Hight school students debut their designs at public fashion show

  • Print

Forget about Project Runway and Fashion Star -- 43 up-and-coming teen designers from right here in Winnipeg are getting ready to press and pin, stitch and cinch, hem and hang everything from skirts and suits to sundresses and couture creations at Now in Full Colour -- a show featuring the latest designs by the Fashion Design and Technology students at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate Institute.

"There will be designers participating from grades 10 to 12 and all the garments in the show are drawn, designed and constructed using industrial techniques," explains fashion technology teacher Denise Miller.

The student designs include tailored suits, fully lined gowns, skirts, blouses, pants, mini knitwear and sundresses. And according to the students participating in the show, the four-year program is challenging, rewarding and, most importantly, fun.

"It feels so good to make your own clothing," says Grade 11 student Jessica Garn. "I like being able to show off all of our work at the end of the year -- it's so exciting to show off what you made."

Garn, who is also enrolled in the entrepreneurship course, not only designed garments for the show, but is also part of the team responsible for promoting the fashion show to the public. It's given her lessons in the behind-the-scenes world of being an indie designer.

The students are also getting a lesson in what it's like to meet the public's critical eye. Local industry experts will judge the students' garments at the fashion show on a number of criteria, including marketability and technical skills -- something student Kerstin Betz knows all about, as the provincial gold medallist at the Skills Manitoba Competition.

"I had to sew a trench coat with a notched collar. I wasn't really nervous at all; I just relaxed and ended up doing good," says Betz, who is also looking forward to showing off the knitwear and sundress she designed for the show.

And while spectators will get a look at the very best from the design class of 2013, they are also in for a fantastic treat.

Now in Full Colour will also feature couture garments and cutting-edge creations straight from the young designer's imaginations as part of the fantasy segment.

"The fantasy portion of the show is a chance for the students wildest and wackiest side to let loose," says Miller.

This year's themes include Colour Confections (bright garments inspired by sweets), Abstract Nature (creatures or plants that don't already exist in the natural world) and Good vs. Evil (fabricated superhero pairings and their enemies).

Now in Full Colour takes place Thursday, May 2, at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Show times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 204-958-6460, ext. 2712, or emailing

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 27, 2013 E10

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Glenn January won't blame offensive line for first loss

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.
  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press

View More Gallery Photos


Should Winnipeg control growth to deal with climate change?

View Results

Ads by Google