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Fashion Student Competes in Cashmere Collection 2017 Finals

October 5, 2017 - Second year Olds College Fashion Apparel student Kayley Champagne took to the runway in Toronto last week as a finalist in White Cashmere Collection 2017. The competition featured garments made from Cashmere brand bathroom tissue, with all submissions designed by post-secondary students from programs across Canada.

The contest began with a selection process that included a competition that would decide the student to represent Olds College. Kayley was selected from that competition from a number of exquisite pieces designed by Olds College fashion students.

“This was such an incredible experience!” exclaims Kayley. “It was truly an honour to be there amongst the other designers. It was a dream-come true. It was great to meet so many new people from within the Fashion industry, and to see my own gown on an actual model.”

The sixteen finalists were selected from more than 150 students from 11 design schools from across Canada. The finalists were selected to present their magnificent bathroom tissue couture creations. The collection, themed #Canada150, walked down the runway for the very first time at an exclusive, invite-only event on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  Toronto fashion enthusiasts and the general public alike were also given the opportunity to view the collection in a special retrospective at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live event on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Kayley’s design was inspired by the beauty of Canada, with inspiration coming from a number of areas. The positioning of the textile on the body of the gown represents our northern location and climate, and the strength that comes with it. The lower section of the gown is designed to look like feathers, which represent trust, strength, honour, and freedom to our First Nations people. The ropes in the separate collar piece represent our roots to nature and the land – they were left loose to show that we are always connected to Canada, but never bound by it. Even the beads that adorn the ropes were created using Cashmere bathroom tissue.

“I put everything I have creatively into this gown,” Kayley glows. “I had some pretty tough competition to even make the finals, it was definitely a surreal moment when I learned I was selected to represent Olds College - and even more surreal to see my gown on the runway.”

The Cashmere Collection is celebrating its 14th year as a national and international platform to discover and promote Canada’s brightest fashion stars, and has featured more than 165 notable Canadian fashion designers.  The event also serves as a kickoff to Breast Cancer Month, as Cashmere holds a significant Breast Cancer Fundraising campaign throughout October.