The future stars of Canadian fashion hit the runway in Toronto and Montreal with the world's first-ever show of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue Couture. The White Cashmere Collection 2006 is the stunning culmination of the eight-month White Cashmere Student Design Competition.
The competition challenged more than two hundred students from seven top design schools in Toronto and Montreal to create original couture with 100% pure and luxurious sheets of Cashmere Bathroom Tissue.
Famed Canadian designer David Dixon curated the Toronto collection; and Quebec's Queen of Couture, Marie Saint Pierre, led students in Montreal. Together with participating school faculty, they selected eight fabulous finalists in each city.
Student designers fearlessly knitted, braided, shredded, ironed and sewed their huge, ten-foot wide sheets of Cashmere into breathtaking couture. They dared zippers and piping, presumed to weave, fuse and even papier machéed it.
Sixteen finalists took part in a professional photo shoot with Canada's hottest young photographer, Geoff Barrenger. They also got to strut their stuff for elite audiences of fashion industry influencers and the media at high-profile Toronto and Montreal fashion shows.
A powerful panel of judges awarded $2500 bursaries in each city based on creativity, execution, interpretation of theme, runway appeal and oral presentation. Congratulations to winners Nancy Hoang, who won the prize in Toronto for her unabashedly romantic evening dress inspired by her childhood fairy-tale fantasies, and La Salle College student Simon Bélanger, who took the title in Montreal for his insouciant pouf skirted-dress with undeniable textural interest.