With the shuttering of Fashion Televsion and the dissolution of the Fashion Collective, the Toronto-based incubator of Canadian design, the Canadian fashion scene may seem a little less than hopeful but the presentation of the third annual A Passion for Fashion Award and Eveleen Dollery Awards serves as a wonderful reminder that the future of the Canadian fashion industry is in talented, competent hands.
Fashion media, bloggers and design hopefuls gathered at the Toronto Fashion Incubator headquarters to witness the unveiling of the winners of the 2012 Passion for Fashion Award, ($1,000 cash, a one-year membership to TFI and 50 hours of business advisory and fashion mentorship) and the Eveleen Dollery Award (which awards two lucky winners with $1000 and $500), the culmination of four months of business and fashion seminars that seek to arm participants with the tools necessary for entrepreneurial success.
When the chiffon cleared jewellery and fashion designer Emily Woudenberg was named the winner of the Passion for Fashion Award while knitwear designer Dylan Uscher received the Eveleen Dollery Award and Consuelo McAlister, designer behind the refurbished clothing line produced in Haiti Local Buttons, was awarded the Eveleen Dollery runner-up award.
Photos courtesy of Ryan Emberly
A Passion for Fashion is the brainchild of TFI and Youth Employment Services. The program, which just completed it’s third session, seeks to give young people interested in a career in fashion the tools they need to succeed in the the ever-changing, ever-competitive Canadian fashion industry.