Fashion | Winners of the 3rd annual Danier Design Challenge announced

And then there was one. After four months of fashion design and deliberation the grand prize winner of the third annual Danier Design Challenge was announced. Ryerson School of Fashion student and Winnipeg native Meagan Johnston was named the winner.

Danier Design Challenge winner Meagan Johnston (left) with a model wearing her winning design.

Johnston will receive a $5,000 cash prize and will see her winning design―a draped, hip length lamb leather bondage-esque jacket inspired by “Ancient Egyptian beliefs and the concealment of truth”―in Danier stores next fall.

Another shot of Meagan Johnston's winning design.

Jayson Araja won the $3000 second prize while third prize winner Brie Reid walked away the $2000 prize.

Jayson Araja (left) and Brie Reid with their winning designs.

Photography by Ryan Emberley

The Danier Design Challenge is a design competition that challenges third-year design students to create an original women’s leather garment. Students compete for the chance to win a cash prize and to see their garment in Danier stores. Students also receive mentoring by industry experts.

The design from last year’s winner Andrea Dineen was one of the top-selling garments from any Danier capsule collections.



About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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