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Student fashion designer finds inspiration near and far

Shelayn Mulholland is one of 37 student fashion designers who presented their first clothing lines at a fashion show at the River Rock Casino and Show Theatre in Richmond on Thursday. - CHRISTOPHER SHAWN PIKE/CONTRIBUTED
Shelayn Mulholland is one of 37 student fashion designers who presented their first clothing lines at a fashion show at the River Rock Casino and Show Theatre in Richmond on Thursday.
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Student fashion designer finds inspiration near and far

Shelayne Mulholland looked near and far for inspiration for her first fashion line.

The near was her mother, Wanda, the community development coordinator for the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness.

The far was a year in Helsinki, Finland. While on an exchange at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Mulholland saw the northern lights and sought to capture their colour in her designs.

On Thursday the Cariboo Hill secondary school grad will be one of 37 designers showing off their inaugural lines at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's annual fashion show at the River Rock Casino and Show Theatre in Richmond.

Mulholland said she wanted to create designs for sophisticated, curvaceous women who care about wearing ethical, sustainable clothing that meshes with their strong values of community.

"I have always wanted to design clothing for real sized women," said Mulholland of her Niina Artwear line. "I wanted to design beautiful, flattering clothing for women who spend their time making our community a better place and want clothing that coincides with their core values."

To achieve that, Mulholland used natural fabrics from sustainable sources, dyed and painted by hand.

"Clothes with good values that were made in a socially responsible way are hard to come by," said Mulholland, who also had to do extensive market and design research as part of her graduation project from Kwantlen's four-year fashion, design and technology program.

The students' work presented in Thursday's show ranges from female motorcycle wear to travel clothes for men.

"It's a final compilation of all the work that they put together," said Andhra Goundrey, the program's co-ordinator. "It's a great way to celebrate together as a cohort to celebrate with their family and friends, and also most importantly to meet with the industry."

Tickets for The Show start at $18. For more information on the event, visit: kpu.ca/theshow2014.

For more information about Mulholland's designs go to www.shelaynedesigns.ca

 

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