Donna Baldock’s unrivalled passion and knowledge of textiles, fashion history and the inner workings of the retail industry puts her at the heart and soul of Blanche Macdonald’s Fashion Marketing and Fashion Design programs. Her exalted devotion and dedication to the students has never wavered in the twenty plus years she has been with the company.
Donna’s ardor for textile science started long before her journey at Blanche Macdonald Centre. In fact it has been in her blood for as long as she can remember, crediting her grandfather who sold fabrics in Belfast at the turn of the century for planting those formative seeds.
After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Home Economics, Donna Baldock began her fashion odyssey working from the ground up for iconic fashion institution Eaton’s. Starting her career in the men’s department in one of the country’s oldest department stores, Donna’s dream of becoming a buyer was born. She rose through the ranks quickly and was soon opening stores for the company all across the western coast of Canada.
When Eaton’s moved their buying offices to the East coast, Donna and her family threw caution to the wind and moved to Vancouver where her reputation expeditiously had her involved with Blanche Macdonald teaching textiles to future generations. Her reverence for all things fashion coupled with her compassionate demeanour fit like a well-tailored suit at Canada’s top fashion school. Within a year Donna was promoted to Program Director and continues to teach the retail buying courses here at BMC. Over twenty-one years later she has helped grow the company from three rooms to three campuses. Donna’s guidance and hard work has elevated countless students to see phenomenal successes, making her an integral part of the Blanche Macdonald family.
Donna teaches Fashion History and Textiles & Fabrics.