CHECKING IN WITH: Canada's Breatkthrough Designers 2015 Grand Winner Emma Litvack

It’s been about 2 months since Télio’s Canada’s Breakthrough Designers 2015 competition and we thought it would be a perfect time to check in with our 1st prize winner of the Joseph Ribkoff scholarship; Emma Litvack!


Credit: Emma Litvack

As per usual, she surprised us, inspired us and made us squee with glee with her response to our questions.

We can’t wait to see what she’ll dazzle us with next!

Here’s our exclusive interview:

What’s one thing you learned about yourself through your participation in the Télio Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Competition?

I learnt that the path to success is equally as important to me as the end result is. As I worked on developing my concept and design- trial and error, experimentation and the many hiccups I experienced along the way made the win all that more gratifying.

An example of my design process:


Credit: Emma Litvack

Tell us the story behind your favourite garment you ever made.

Besides the fact that I’m currently completely immersed in its development (its all I ever really think about)- I feel the pieces in my current collection are most special to me because they are the closest to my design aesthetic and my conceptual vision for the future.

This collection (or garment) is inspired by genetic mutation (as a product of inbreeding) in Amish communities. A collection of modesty, intimacy, structure, deconstruction, inclusion and ostracization: in both mentality and physicality.

What makes them my favourite is the research that got me to their conception. The oddness that exists as the inspiration for the garments pulls me in every time I think about it. I’m always wondering how I got to want to make a collection about subjects I know nothing about, and I think that’s what keeps me going as an artist and a creative.


Credit: Emma Litvack



Credit: Emma Litvack



Credit: Emma Litvack



Credit: Emma Litvack

If you could only work with one fabric for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Denim- for its versatility, wear ability, functionality, simplicity, and its ability to be transformed.

What are your plans for the coming year? Anything we should look out for?

My plans are ever changing, but for now I’m preparing for a move to Manhattan at the end of the summer and the development of my first collection!

What piece of advice would you give any future participant in the Télio Canada’s Breakthrough Designers Competition?

Push your creativity, push your limits and use the opportunity as a time for experimentation and progression. The Télio competition is an unbelievable opportunity to learn about yourself as a person and as a creator; use this time to develop your art.

If you could collaborate with one major commercial brand/fashion house, which would you choose and why?

It is extremely important for me to relate to clothing (or in this case a brand) on an emotional and conceptual level. Maison Margiela is a fashion house that not only speaks to me through creativity and innovation, but also through topics of anonymity, neutrality, minimalism, artisanal construction and sustainability. It is a brand that is perfectly influential and inspirational: a dream collaboration.

In addition to the Margiela dream- up and comers like Faustine Steinmetz and Eckhaus Latta target my awkwardness and are definitely in my top five.

Which celebrity would you consider your fashion/style muse/inspiration and why? What kind of garments would you like to see her/him in?

I feel like I’m always dreaming about people I’d love to dress, but as soon as I have to answer the question I can’t think of anyone.

Honestly, my ideas aren’t really inspired by anyone in particular (it’s usually the intangibles that get me going), but I think it would be so great to see someone like Kim Kardashian wearing something I made; mostly for the irony (and partially because Kim is pretty cool). Otherwise, Tavi Gevinson’s quirky sense of style mixed with Ivania Carpio’s crisp minimalism is totally muse worthy.


Credit: Emma Litvack



Credit: Emma Litvack


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