Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Finalist Q&A: George Brown College

For our 5th finalist Q&A, we present you George Brown College.  This year, they have 2 students in the TÉLIO Competition finals. Here are Bahareh Kianifar and Ted Whetter.

Barareh Kianifar copy

Design Inspiration
Embedded three dimensional roses are created by manipulating white plisse which beautifully highlights its texture producing a stark contrast against black to reflect a blossoming, youthful woman, pure, demure, filled with love.

1. What are your fashion goals?
My current goal is to gain the knowledge and skills needed in fashion and eventually get lots of experience in fashion design. Hopefully to then become a designer who can express ideas in a creative way.

2. How would you describe your design style?
I would describe my design style as elegant and luxurious while being comfortable as much as possible.

3. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in college?
I’ve earned a lot of experience while doing all the projects and assignments throughout the program. It is really difficult to narrow it down to one thing but I will mention that considering the technical aspect of design while also being patient when I want to express my own ideas is the most important thing I’ve learned.

4. What is the motto you live by?
Think big and dream bigger!

Ted Whetter copy

Design Inspiration
Inspired by the organic and textured appearance of burnt wood, these garments were designed to mimic the cruel, dry and twisted patterns of wood that has succumbed to harsh effects of fire.

1. What do you like best about designing clothes?  
I enjoy the freedom of being able to create garments that are unique and represent my design aesthetic.

2. What challenged you the most in the TÉLIO Competition?
The biggest challenge was getting the exact fit I wanted and managing each individual piece within the construction of the look.

3. If not Fashion Design, what would you have liked to study?
Art has always been an extremely important part of my life.  If not Fashion Design, I would probably be studying Fine Arts.

4. What do you daydream about?
Lately, I haven’t had the time to daydream but, I think about sleeping a lot.

Up next week, Academy of Design at RCC Institute of Technology 


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