North York resident Jiaxin Xu is hoping to make a mark on the fashion industry and has garnered national attention in her final year at Seneca College.
The 26-year-old fashion arts student was chosen as one of the top 25 finalists in Telio’s Canada’s Breakthrough Designers competition. This is the 10th year of the competition and has the theme Lux(e) to coincide with the United Nations’ observance of 2015 being the International Year of Light.
“I am hoping that this opportunity will enable me to gain valuable experience outside of school about the fashion design sector,” Xu said.
“I love my current school program but I’d love to learn more, meet other talented individuals and designers from all over Canada as I feel this will truly help me become a reputable fashion designer.”
Xu said being chosen has given her new confidence in her abilities and has further motivated her in her pursuit of a career in fashion.
Xu, a Chinese immigrant with a degree in graphic design, was one of several hundred students across Canada to enter the contest.
Competitors were required to create up to a maximum of seven sketches of a garment they could create, with various restrictions such as a maximum length of six metres of fabric. The Lux(e) theme was also in play.
The 25 finalists are now headed to Montreal in February for a gala event. Each of the finalists is required to make their winning garment.
Xu describes her creation as a two-piece garment that will express light and shadow effects.
“My inspiration for my garment was the effect of a broken mirror and I felt that to embody the illumination and reflection theme that I should utilize shiny fabric and a unique garment structure,” she said.
A jury of fashion industry insiders will select winners. Approximately $50,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be handed out.
The jury panel is comprised of Vancouver stylist Michelle Addison, Toronto fashion designer Izzy Camilleri, associate professor at Parsons School for Design in New York City Marie Genevieve Cyr, Montreal fashion designer Judith Desjardins, Salut Bonjour! Weekend style contributor and blogger Emilie Fournier, and senior designer at Joseph Ribkoff Inc. Sonia Moffa.
For more information, visit www.telio.com