Since before I can remember fashion design is all I have ever wanted to do. My grandmother inspired me to take up fashion, as it had always been her dream since her father was a fashion artist for Eaton’s. I know that fashion is my calling not only because it is in my blood but also because I cannot see myself doing anything else.
Currently, I am working as the Wardrobe Supervisor at Canada's Wonderland. I am gaining experience in creating and maintaining costumes for song and dance shows, cirque style shows, horror special effects, mascot and character maintenance, and promotional advertisements. I am interested in continuing to build my skills in costume design and wardrobe management.
Professionally, I see myself working in costume design as a way to tell a story through fashion. I realized my love for costume design while designing the costumes for the school musical as well as a fashion show for Anime North, which was costume inspired. The rush of adrenaline I got from seeing my models walk on stage and hearing the roar of the crowd or giving the lead her costume for the musical and her falling in love with it is something I want to feel forever.
TINKER'S TOY FACTORY
Tinker's Toy Factory is a Cedar Fair Production in cooperation with Haut-Vol Productions. As one of the wardrobe supervisors I lead the team in the building, altering, and repairs of all costumes in the show. All original designs are by Cedar Fair, and we created updated looks that could function in a Haut-Vol cirque show and best serve each performer to their act.
TUNDRA: A CIRQUE EXPERIENCE
Tundra: A Cirque Experience is a Haut-Vol Production, incorporating high flying acrobatics, contortionists, pole vaulters, unicycling, juggling, and BMX biking. As wardrobe supervisor I lead and performed alterations, repairs, and laundered pre existing costumes for the show.
HOLLY JOLLY TROLLEY
Holly Jolly Trolley is a Cedar Fair designed show featuring paired dance routines and classic Christmas hits. All costumes were built by Canada's Wonderland and as wardrobe supervisor I lead and performed pattern manipulation, grading, cutting, construction, alterations, and repairs of the costumes. The women wore cotton twill capes, vests, and circle skirts with decorative twill tape and cotton blouse. The men wore a cotton twill jacket and pants with decorative twill tape and a lined vest and cotton dress shirt.
This trio performed retro Christmas classics with a 1950's flare and were dressed in costumes to help set the tone. Designed by Cedar Fair and constructed by the Canada's Wonderland wardrobe team, these costumes were a favourite. As one of the wardrobe supervisors I aided in the cutting, construction, alterations, and repairs of the costumes. The jackets are fully lined with hidden zipper closure and the skirts are a classic sequin circle skirt.
Jingle Jazz is an a capella singing group bringing you Christmas pop classics. All costumes are designed by Cedar Fair and created by the Canada's Wonderland wardrobe team. As one of the wardrobe supervisors I oversaw and completed the construction, alterations, and repairs of the costumes. The women are wearing brocade skirts and fully lined sequin jackets with fur trim. The men are wearing a velvet tail coat with fur collar and cuffs, a sequin vest, and dress shirt and pants.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Ora Donna is a collection inspired by a narrative and told through eveningwear. The narrative that inspired the collection is the original The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who finds a Prince and saves his life. In the end, unlike the Disney tale, the Prince falls for the princess and the little mermaid turns to sea foam. Hans Christian Anderson wrote this story and sent it to a man he was in love with as a love letter. The photoshoot, runway, and styling took inspiration from this sad tale in multiple ways.
The Nineties Nostalgia collection takes note of youth culture and pop culture during the 1990s and identifies its relation to fashion today. The collection borrows the bold colours and silhouettes made popular during this time. The prints were all made by hand using screenprinting and stamping. All fabrics are up cycled from either pre existing garments or unwanted fabrics.
EVENING WEAR COLLECTION
Evening wear collection inspired by the Rococo Period. The soft whimsical colours are commonly used in Rococo paintings, furniture, and fashion. The silhouette of the gown resembles the fashion of that time period in a modern context. The dress was created using the finest materials such as alencon lace, silk, and crepe back satin. The preliminary design was draped then drafted from the drape to fit the model perfectly. The crinoline cage was completely hand made and bound in silk. The lace was delicately shaped around the curves of the bodice through embroidery techniques. This gown is appropriate for a high fashion event or costume purposes.
The collection was inspired by the shapes of roses, rose petals and vines as well as 1930’s women’s pant suits. The digital print pattern for the silk charmeuse top was created digitally and then printed onto fabric. The pattern was created using images taken at the Botanical Gardens while seeking inspiration. The jacket is 100% wool and half lined with bias binding throughout. The high waisted drop crotch trousers take inspiration from 1930's women's pant suit silhouettes whereas the jacket silhouette was inspired by roses. This look is for the young business woman looking for statement pieces.
Plaid dress draped completely using one piece of material for each colour. Inspired by origami folding techniques as well as an updated take on the classic school girl plaid pleated skirt. The draping process was very experimental with multiple trials to achieve the desired effect. The pleats and plaid checks blend seamlessly into the next panel before changing to the contrasting colour. The juxtaposition of colours and lengths was inspired by school uniforms and their individual styling. This look was created with a student studying during the fall aesthetic in mind.
June 2019 - Present
Assist with building costumes for Halloween Haunt and Winterfest
Delegate tasks to costumers based on skill level and completion time
Work closely with Head of Wardrobe on designs and fittings
Coordinate and organize projects in order to meet deadlines
Maintain costumes for all shows through repairs, alterations, and laundering
FASHION ACADEMIC LINK
September 2018 - May 2019
Primary source of support for student academic and mental well being
Clearly explained pattern drafting and construction to many students
Organized successful student events on short notice
September 2018 - January 2019
Fashion Intern for The Social television program
Worked closely with fashion producers to develop online and on air content
Styled looks worn on air for fashion segments and featured on Instagram
Conducted research and pitched ideas for new fashion segments
LOFT EATON CENTER
September 2017 - February 2018
Merchandised stock according to the requests of the District Manager
Followed latest trends to provide up-to-date styling information to clients
Enthusiastically communicated with customers about purchasing needs
Prepared for promotions by rearranging and retagging stock
April 2017 - February 2018
Designed and constructed costumes for the Spring Awakening production
Worked with a wardrobe team and assistant to dress a cast of over 30
Applied knowledge of costume history in designs
Able to troubleshoot any fit or designs problems that arose
Completed the production with 70% of the costume budget remaining
ATHLETICS DESIGN INTERN
ROOTS HEAD OFFICE
April 2016 - September 2016
Worked closely with the design team and researched design inspiration
Prepared and lead sales meetings with Chief Merchant and Head Designer
Sent comments to manufacturers regarding product quality
Organized samples, strike offs, patterns, and fit documents
Took part in meetings with technicians to analyze garment fit
Worked closely with the buyers for both Accessories and Athletic design
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