Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Growing up in Japan with the twin loves of baseball and fashion, an injury forced the young Katsuki to trade his cap and uniform for an entirely new wardrobe. After earning his Canadian Fashion Design diploma, Katsuki returned to Japan and was quickly hired to work for a leading fashion magazine publishing company, Hinode. Now, Katsuki has taken on the role as the Japanese Region Branding Director for iconic label Katharine Hamnett London!
Fashion Design grad and founder of street/beach/yoga line Downtown Betty has made it her mission to design as sustainably and ethically as possible. "The concept of Downtown Betty is Whole, Healthy, Home. Our collective mission is sustainable fashion. We were doing it before it was in vogue. We hand cut everything. We use sustainable fabrics."
Founded in 1913 with a reputation for crafting impeccable suits for celebrities, Modernize Tailors is a Vancouver institution located in the heart of Chinatown. When legendary owner Bill Wong passed in April 2017, the shop was handed over to his intern, Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design program graduate Mia Wu. Now, Mia continues the legacy of Modernize, creating high quality garments. Her mission? To turn Modernize to the leading tailoring house in Vancouver and across Canada.
Our very own Fashion Design Associate Director and graduate Sara Armstrong shows how easy it is to create your own washable face masks with everyday materials… and donate them where they are needed most!
At our 2020 Graduate Fashion Show, Sugar on the Side, 24 Fashion graduates sweetened up the runway with their immaculately crafted debut collections. The evening was filled with spectacularly chic moments, culminating with awards and the announcement of three Fashion Design graduates who will be representing Blanche Macdonald as Emerging Talent Designers at Vancouver Fashion Week.
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 experience designing for some of the city's most coveted brands, Cristin Heck's immense talent has landed her a leading position at Arc'teryx. Now she's tasked with overseeing design operations for one of Vancouver's most beloved outdoor brands.
Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design graduate Kirsten Ley has taken on international fashion weeks, including Tokyo, New York, China, Australia, and Vancouver, and now she is ready to conquer the Paris fashion scene.