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Pro Hair Graduate Sophie McMullin Vancouver’s East Vanity Parlour: Where Nostalgia meets Punk Rock

Professional Hairstyling Graduate Sophie McMullin East Vanity Parlour

They didn’t just break the mould when they made stylist and Blanche Macdonald Pro Hair graduate Sophie McMullin. They smashed the mould with a hammer, put the fragments in a blender, buried what was left and built condos over the top for good measure. Her extravagant plume of hair (black, white and purple at the time of writing) grabs your attention. The incredible tattoo of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster on her right shoulder puts it in a vice grip. Soon he’ll have a tattoo of Elsa Lanchester, the original Bride of Frankenstein, on Sophie’s left shoulder for company. 

Sophie’s unique attitude and remarkable talent has turned her into one of BC’s most in-demand hair stylists, a star at Vancouver’s shrine to vintage glamour glory, East Vanity Parlour

Professional Hairstlying Graduate Sophie McMullin East Vanity Parlour

“After I graduated from Blanche Macdonald I said that I was going to take half a year off,” recalls Sophie. “But within two months the girls from East Vanity Parlour had taken me under their wing. They do a lot of work with Vancouver’s burlesque community, and they had heard of me through someone I did vintage styling with. When I found this place I immediately felt at home. There’s obviously something different here, because of the focus on nostalgia and punk rock. And there are no senior or junior stylists. We’re all equal and we’re all good friends. I love it.”


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Fashion Design Grad Lisa Malcic’s Maternal Magic Brings Beba Bean Babywear International and Celebrity Status

Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Graduate Lisa Malcic Beba Bean

Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Graduate Lisa Malcic Beba Bean

Inspiration can arrive from strange sources. A falling apple was Isaac Newton’s first step towards developing of his theory of gravity. Seeds sticking to George De Mestral’s dog’s fur led him to invent Velcro.

For Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design School graduate Lisa Malcic, owner of the Beba Bean line of baby wear and gifts, inspiration came directly from her infant son, Alex. Every time she or her husband Peter changed his diaper, young Alex would take the opportunity to pee on his parents. In an effort to stay dry Mr and Mrs Malcic invented the Pee-pee Teepee, defensive cones of cotton to place over the little hose during danger moments.

The rest is history. Today the company that began with these pee protectors is sells its lines in retailers including Gap Home, Babies R Us and Barneys New York, and California boutiques like Kitson, La La Ling and Fred Segal. Beba Bean now has over 120 sales reps across North America and boasts A-list celebrity clients including Brad and Angelina, Will Ferrell, Colin Farrell, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew McConaughey and Gwen Stefani.


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Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising Graduate Claudia Da Ponte: Gram Slam - Spears, Spamalot and Superstar Style.

Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising Graduate Claudia Da Ponte - Da Ponte Style

No one is going to hand your dreams to you. Blanche Macdonald Fashion Merchandising Program graduate Claudia Da Ponte understands that.

She’s talented, of course. But it’s Claudia’s positive attitude and work ethic that’s turning her into one of Canada’s leading young professional stylists. The Vancouver native has worked backstage at concerts by Céline Dion and Britney Spears. She’s styled models for European fashion magazines and high profile advertising clients. She’s even appeared on Entertainment Tonight Canada, providing the fashion expertise for Cheryl Hickey’s Makeover segment. In fact, she’s rapidly approaching celebrity status. The facebook page for her company, Da Ponte Style, now has over 850 official fans.

That number is poised to grow as she’s recently taken the plunge and relocated from Vancouver to Canada’s fashion epicentre, Toronto. Looking back, it was a move that was almost inevitable.


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KEIKO MATSUI 松井桂子 - Owner of Glam Nail Studio (Japanese Version)

ネイルプログラムの卒業生
Glam Nail Studio のオーナー - リッチモンド - ブリティッシュコロンビア州

地元のスパで働いていた桂子さんは、産休の間にK's Mobile Nail Barを設立しました。数年の間に日本のスタイルの3Dアートのりクエストが増えるにつれ増えたお客さんに対応できるようにGlam Nail StudioをRichmond BCに2008年にオープンしました。ちなみに桂子さんは2009年にラスベガスでのネイルプロ世界大会で3位を確得しました。

Blanche Macdonald Nail Parlour Graduate Keiko Matsui

Blanche Macdonald Nail Graduate Keiko Matsui 3D Nail Art

BMC: 今回出品された3Dネイルアートのアイデアはどういったところから来てるんですか? 

KM: 今回のラスベガスでの3Dカテゴリーのテーマは”先史時代”でした。先史時代って聞くと普通は茶色などの比較的暗い色を連想しがちなんですが、私はあえてカラフルな色を使おうって思ったんです。私の仕事は色を扱うことですから。デザインについては思いつきです。


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カナダバンクーバー最大のメークアップやファッションデザイン専門学校「Blanche Macdonald Centre」!

カナダのバンクーバーへメイクアップやファッションデザインやヘアスタイリング留学!Blanche Macdonald Centreでカナダのディプロマを取得する!

Blanche Macdonald Centre

1960年創立以来、クオリティーの高い人材を養成し続け、カナダのトップメイクアップ・ファッション・ヘアスクールとして名をはせており、美容業界では非常に高い評価を受けています。Blanche Macdonald Centre は、バンクーバー市内のショッピングモールの中にある大きいファッション専門学校です。生徒はフランス、アイルランド、イギリス、ノルウェー、オーストラリア、韓国、台湾、日本、インド、中国、アメリカ、メキシコ、南アメリカなど世界中から集まってきます。

ブランチ・マクドナルドが提供するInternational Make-up Studio Diploma Programは、ノートをとったり、試験勉強したりと勉強費やす部分を実習に置き換えることで技術向上をさらに強化し、英語が母国語でない人対象としたプログラム構成となっています。ヘアスタイリング、基本メイクアップ技術から撮影用メイク、さらに特殊メイクとエアブラシを使ったメイクまで、様々なスキルをしっかりみにつけられるよう、一流の講師陣が指導いたします。またこのコースはGlobal Makeup Artistry Diplomaコースへの準備コースとなっており、さらに先を目指したい人への基礎コースとしては最適なプログラムです。教師陣はすべてこの業界のプロ達ばかり。それも北米で活躍するその業界の第一人者が揃っている。トレンドが重要視されるこの業界において、業界の動きをいち早く取り入れた知識を習得することができるのだ。さらに注目したいのは、なんといっても設備の充実だろう。


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Yuichi Ikeda 池田裕一 - プロのメイクアップアーティスト - 東京, 日本 (Japanese Version)

Makeup Artistry Graduate
プロのメイクアップアーティスト - 東京, 日本

Yuichi Ikeda Photo 1

BMC: Blanche Macdonaldを卒業されたあと何をされていましたか?

YI: 卒業後すぐに映画やファッションショー(Vancouver Fashion Week)の現場で働きました。その後、Starboard Cruise Serviceに就職し、観光船Mariner of the seasでBeauty Specialistとして勤めました。この船は世界で二番目に大きく、6ヶ月の間に800人もの人のメイクを手がけました。それと同時にカリブ海の航海と楽しみました。この経験は私の人生でもっとも楽しいものとなりました。


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Lorena Cabrera - Maquillista Profesional de Artistas en la Ciudad de México (Spanish Version)

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Maquillista Profesional de Artistas en la Ciudad de México

 

BMC: ¿Qué ha hecho usted después de que se graduó de Blanche Macdonald?

LC: He estado trabajando en comerciales de televisión, sesiones fotográficas, teatro y cine. También he trabajado para grandes empresas diferentes en Mexico , como Pedro Domecq, Telcel, Barcel, Grupo Modelo, Grupo Sadasi, Grupo Nacional Provincial (PNB), la Universidad Intercontinental, Tetrapak y Coca-Cola. He estado haciendo maquillaje de corrección, de belleza, de caracterización, así como también algunas piezas prostéticas.


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Lily Lin 林莉 - 專業化妝師 - 台北, 台灣 (Chinese version)

Makeup Artistry Graduate
專業化妝師 - 台北, 台灣

Lily Lin Photo 01

BMC: 從Blanche Macdonald畢業之後,你從事了什麼性質的工作?與什麼人一起工作?

LL: 從BMC畢業之後, 我到Lola化妝品公司做了他們的示範化妝師。我跟幾位師姐師兄一起在溫哥華不同的地點做不同的時裝show,化妝活動等等。這是我第一份工作所以是一個非常難忘的經驗。我從這份工作裡,學了很多關於化妝品零售的知識及吸收了很多工作經驗,特別在不同的面孔上彩妝。

因為我很喜歡時尚,所以我會自己去接觸有關化妝跟時尚的工作,列如在時裝show和photo shoots做化妝師。從這些工作幾會中我可以與許多本地有名的時裝設計師,髮型設計師和攝影師合作。

雖然我很愛溫哥華,?但大約在畢業兩年之後,我終於決定搬到台北市。背後原因是因為我覺得台北的化妝業競爭十分激烈所以我希望能夠挑戰自己去成為一個更棒的化妝師。


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Industry Training

Tinseltown has fallen in love with Vancouver (The Vancouver Sun)

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Whether it's Hollywood North or the endless number of international productions shooting in the city, more than 200 motion picture projects were shot here this past year generating in excess of a billion dollars in production spending. Major movies and television shot in BC in recent years include: Fantastic Four 2, X-Men 3, The Butterfly Effect, Deck the Halls, Things We Lost in the Fire, Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, The L Word to name just a few (BC Film Commission).

Blanche Macdonald Makeup School graduates are a vital part of the film community on a local, national and international level. Compiling credit after credit, our graduates are establishing their reputations on feature film sets, television series, movies of the week, commercials, independent productions, live theatre, cosmetic companies and the burgeoning fashion industry.

Vancouver has not only become a centre for film and television production but is evolving into a major destination for quality education. As the largest makeup school in Canada, The Blanche Macdonald Centre is regarded as a premium institution for professional makeup training.

Whether it's collaborating on a makeup "croquis" for a design collection, applying a bridal makeup for a wedding party or interpreting a makeup for a character from a film script, the Makeup Program at the Blanche Macdonald Centre challenges you to be expressive, experimental and creative. With a strong emphasis on practical training and instructional demos, students gain confidence and expertise by working on a diversity of faces and creating a variety of looks. Our comprehensive curriculum has been developed and updated by our award-winning Makeup Director, Todd McIntosh. This program is progressive and industry responsive.


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