Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Victoria Ferguson: Hollywood North Makeup Artist
Selena Gomez, Lily Cole, and Russell Crowe
Featured in British Vogue and Vogue Italia
Mexico's go-to Fashion Makeup Artist
Salon owner and Davines West Coast Educator
Owner of Bodega Nails and Blanche Macdonald Nail Studio Instructor
Regional Trainer for Elizabeth Arden
Sunday Beauty Boutique Owner
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.
In honour of International Women's Day we're taking a look at a few of the many incredible women that started their journeys at Blanche Macdonald. From freelancers to salon and brand owners, the Blanche community has no shortage of brilliant and inspiring women.
Fashion Design alum Peter Zuk is brimming with energy, exuberance and off-colour one-liners. Peter is the living embodiment of what it means to be over-the-top. And you better believe that he bring his outrageous personality to the runway too. Renowned for his wild design sense and theatrical productions, Peter and his label Haus Zuk have quickly gained an enthusiastic following. His label has walked at international fashion weeks, you can find his work featured in Paper Magazine, and his designs have been seen on famed drag icons, like The Vixen. A self-described "liability", we guarantee that you've never seen a designer like Peter before.
Theola Wong's foray into Fashion Design has been a resounding success. With a love for clothing that began early in childhood coupled with the skills she mastered in Blanche Macdonald's Fashion design program, Theola has taken on challenging but rewarding roles at activewear brands like Nike, Adidas, and Reebok. Now she's taking her career into her own hands as a Freelance Creative Director.
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.
Toronto Fashion Designer and Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design graduate Hilary MacMillan has been stunning the Canadian fashion scene with her garments. Her designs have been featured on the catwalks of Toronto Fashion Week and in the pages of publications like Glow magazine. She has even become a celeb favourite with Kim Cattral, Elisha Phaneuf, Tessa Virtue, and even Mme. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau among her list of clients.