Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Alex S. Yu, a Fashion Design Graduate, Blanche Macdonald Instructor, and a mainstay of Vancouver Fashion Week since 2014 made his triumphant return to the runway this April with his collection “Capsule 002.” As the name would suggest, this collection serves as the introduction to Alex S. Yu’s new direction as a capsule-based brand.
Though he started in Blanche Macdonald's Global Makeup Program just three days after graduating high school, beauty wasn't always a part of this Makeup Student's master plan. "Initially, I thought I was going to go into fashion," Robby explains. "I started doing makeup a year-and-a-half before I started at Blanche." Nearly a year later, Robby's time in the Makeup Program may be drawing to a close, but his journey in beauty is just getting started.
Two talented Fashion Design alumni take to the runway in their first ever Vancouver Fashion Week, showcasing their hard work and tremendous skillset in fashion’s favourite form – A finished garment. Blanche Macdonald Graduates Sujitha Shivajothi and Laila Aouinati speak on their experience behind the curtain and the inspiration behind their debut designs.
Motivated to put Vancouver on the map as a major fashion destination, design grads Graham Hood, Matthew Harrison and Marcus Quon have founded a unique creative haven. Their budding business, In House Creations, rents space to artists and produces branded merchandise for clients, but the beating heart of the business is the streetwear brand Sans Parole. When it comes to this In House one thing is clear: this is a design collaborative that celebrates art, community, and—of course—fashion.
With industry experience in her native Indonesia and a passion for makeup that started in her youth, she first came to Blanche Macdonald to grow as a Makeup Artist. Now, four years down the line, Melfinna's come back to enroll in the Pro Hair Program, determined to learn and master the art of hair.
Already a superstar artist behind the scenes, Makeup Graduate Vincenza Celentano's Haus of V Lashes is the latest addition to her impressive resume! Much like her lashes, Vincenza’s had many opportunities to shine on set, working on everything from commercials to major TV series’ and feature films such as HBO Max’s Peacemaker, Once Upon A Time, The Flash, Arrow, and Night at the Museum.
Gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit, Jason was determined to pull off his vision for the perfect barbershop. With years of industry experience and training in Blanche Macdonald's Hair Program, he was confident that he could do it. All he needed was a little support. Enter: Manager Cody Dunbar.
Though she didn't initially have much experience painting, Chiharu was determined to learn. "I started drawing when I started nails. I hadn't done hand-painting before, so I wasn't too sure, but I gave it a go." This gamble paid off in spades. Chiharu's now spending her days creating intricate hand-painted designs, inspired by her beloved anime and Disney!
Not every Makeup Artist can pinpoint the precise moment they realized that creating faces would be their vocation. But not every Makeup Artist is like Sarah Buckley, whose unique journey from her home in Dublin, Ireland to the sets of Arrow, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Beverly Hills 90210 and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers began with an innocent late night chill in front of a vintage horror movie.
Jill Bryan wasn’t sure exactly where she wanted to take her career when she graduated from Blanche Macdonald. After weighing her many options she started working as a Makeup Artist at the Absolute Spa in Downtown Vancouver’s Century Plaza Hotel. Now, Jill takes on the lofty position of Vice President!