Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Fostered by her love for Japanese nail art and inspired by Nail program grad and Salon owner Keiko Matsui, Catherine set out to open her very own private luxury salon known as Sunday Beauty Boutique in Vancouver's stylish Kitsilano neighbourhood.
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.
Driven by a desire to have an impactful hair career, Lara Dillman knew she needed to be where hair could be studied and appreciated. Polishing her professional self in the classrooms of Blanche Macdonald was the first step, perfecting her skills was the next. It wasn't long after that she landed in her first choice position at one of Vancouver's most prestigious salons, BRUSH.
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.
Kate Wotherspoon left Alberta in pursuit of the metropolitan setting of Vancouver and the classrooms of Blanche Macdonald. It wasn't long before she felt the pull of the international fashion scene that has led her to London. Making the move across the pond has proven to be a stellar career move for Kate. Since touching down in London she’s landed positions at Chloé, Saint Laurent, British Vogue, and most recently, More or Less Magazine. Next on her list, carving out her place as an Art 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.
Over the course of her fashion career Candice Ho Lem has proven that she is the she's the reigning queen of Minimalistic Styling. With stints at Vancouver's chic One of a Few boutique, Aritzia, and now at major New York fashion brands Candice is a living testament to how far hard work and passion can take you.
When it comes to Nails and Esthetics Min Pak is a tour de force. Her career started at Blanche Macdonald in 2005 when she trained as an Esthetician; she soon took off for South Korea, where she added Nail Technician to her resume. Now instructing at Blanche Macdonald, she’s had a massive influence on ensuring that our Nail Studio and Esthetics programs stay on top of the latest industry trends.
For Michelle Dubois, what started as a casual interest in skincare and a curiosity for science quickly developed into a full fledged passion for medical esthetics. Now Michelle is the face behind the laser at Pacific Derm—one of Vancouver's most prestigious Medi Spas.
In just a few short years Alejandra Ramazzini went from walking Blanche Macdonald's hallways as a student to instructing in the Nail Studio program. A fanatic for all things nails, Alejandra is passionate about Cardi B’s claws and passing her knowledge to the next generation of Nail Artists. Between molding minds in the classroom and her bustling private nail studio, Bodega Nails, Alejandra has found the perfect outlets for unleashing her boundless creativity.