2019 Fashion Show

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The Fashion Institute Alumni 9597 Launch Debut Collection at The Spring Show

2019 Fashion ShowMay 6, 2019  | Calgary, Alberta: The Fashion Institute by Olds College, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Downtown Calgary, welcomed the Calgary fashion scene to the annual Spring Show on the evening of Sunday, May 5. The Spring Show is, a celebration of The Fashion Institute academic year drawing to a close, and a showcase of the garments fashioned by students and alumni of The Fashion Institute by Olds College. The institute’s Apparel Technology program offers two majors - Fashion Apparel and Costume Cutting & Construction. With the instruction of expert faculty, students are equipped with the industry knowledge and technical skills to turn concepts into high-end apparel for the fashion and performing arts industries. All entries in The Spring Show were from students or alumni, and were selected for inclusion in the show by a jury of industry experts, and Fashion Institute faculty and staff.

This year, Spring Show organizers were thrilled to welcome 9597 as the exclusive headliner of the show. 9597 is a collaborative project by Fashion Institute student Stewart Schamp and alumnus Bret Stankowski. The duo showcased their debut collection at the Spring Show.

“9597 might be new to the fashion scene, but they are incredibly skilled and creative, and have a bright future,” explains BR Pirri, Campus Supervisor of The Fashion Institute by Olds College. “We are fortunate to be hosting the launch of their first collection. 9597 is ready to make their mark on the fashion scene.”

9597’s debut collection features two lines; a dress line that takes inspiration from classic styles from the early 1900’s, mixed with a youthful slim silhouette, and an everyday wear line that consists of unisex pieces with a mix of  comfort, functionality,and uncompromising style. 9597’s entire collection is hand made in Canada, with luxurious fabric sourced from New York, Italy and Vancouver.

“We are excited and honoured to be the exclusive headliners of the Spring Show,” states Stankowski. “As designers beginning our careers in the fashion industry, the support of The Fashion Institute and the Calgary fashion scene is humbling and inspirational.”

The Fashion Institute is proud to have once again partnered with PARK, Calgary’s leaders in fashion show production, for this years show.