Ashley Paquete, the Junior Designer for Coquette International says, “It is very rewarding to be able to exercise all the skills I’ve acquired from the Fashion Design Program at Fanshawe College on a daily basis. I am very thankful to all the teachers who have helped me achieve my career.”
Ashley Paquete showed her student collection at LG Fashion Week in 2009.
Terry Lynn Poitras
“I am grateful for the teachers
and training I received while at Fanshawe College in the Fashion Design
program. I use the knowledge taught every day in my day-to-day work as a
designer/apparel technician for
Megan Duffield is a sustainable fashion designer and owner of Duffield Design www.duffielddesign.ca
"From fibre to finish, Fanshawe gave me the basic skills needed to take my designs from paper to production. The teachers find synergy between technical and hands on work providing students with essential and practical skills needed to enter today’s global market and fast-paced world of fashion.
Thank-you to all of the teachers and staff at Fanshawe College for making my sustainable clothing business a reality."
Rebecca Collins, left, won the Art of Fashion 2011 'Best Exhibit' award with Leigh-Ann Waller, Coordinator of Fanshawe's Fashion Design program
"The Fashion Design program at Fanshawe College gives students the technical skills necessary for employment in the field while fostering artistic creativity. Students are given the chance to broaden their perspective during the design process and mature as students as well as designers. Not only are students well prepared for the workplace, but faculty and staff are continuously going above and beyond to support students throughout their education as well as after graduation.
As a graduate, I was recently involved in the Art of Fashion design competition in Toronto, and was extremely touched at the amount of support given to me by my former teachers. The program definitely taught me how to function in the industry, but I would have to say that what sets Fanshawe's program apart from other schools is the unending support of a fantastic faculty and a strong desire to show the industry that Fanshawe graduates are, and will continue to be, strong contributors to the fashion world."
"During my college experience I was so impressed with my teachers. They were extremely knowledgeable and supportive and they gave so much of their time so I could elevate myself as a designer and refine my craft. They also worked hard to give my class unique opportunities for travel, photography, fabric sourcing, and networking. I am so grateful for my experience, and I'll always remember the people I met at Fanshawe."
Mel McCartney is a 2011 Fanshawe College Fashion Design graduate. Her accolades include: WGSN Platinum Award for Best Collection, Theresa Vander Hoeven Award of Excellence, Cansew Award: Overall Excellence is Pattern Making, Gerber Technology Award: Excellence for Technical Design, and Rowenta Award for Overall Excellence in Sample Room Production.
Mel McCartney, semi-finalist in
the Basch It up Competition 2012.
"In my 3 years in Fanshawe College Fashion Design, I learned all of the necessary skills for me to be successful in a highly competitive industry. Along with the valuable knowledge gained from my professors, I felt confident enough to launch my own brand." Donald Procunier - Creative Director + Designer, GNDR
I have gained so much from the courses and have learned so many invaluable techniques. The Fashion Design program pushed me over and beyond what I thought I was capable of. I would not be the person I am today if I wouldn’t have studied at Fanshawe College.
"I recommend Fanshawe's Fashion Design program to anyone I can. My time in the program was amazing; it gave me the tools and confidence to go after the jobs I wanted. The professors are there for you 110% of the time and are such a great motivation. "