Canadian Fashion received a huge boost in 1967 when the Canadian government organized
EXPO 67. This world trade fair which was held in Montreal Canada exposed Canadian
design in fashion, architecture, graphics and technology to the international community.
After the show was over, the Canadian government set up Fashion/Canada to promote
Toronto, Canadian Fashion Center
Canadian Fashion is heavily influenced by Toronto, Canada's largest city and the
center of Canadian Fashion. Every year there are two major Fashion Weeks featuring
the big name designers of Canadian Fashion. Some of Canada's biggest fashion gurus
come from Toronto such as Alfred Sung and Arthur Mendonca.
A Chinese Canadian designer who has built a conglomerate of apparel, fragrance, accessories
and home fashions for women and men. He is the inspiration behind the brand and
retail chain called Club Monaco .
The Portuguese Canadian designer of women's ready to wear clothes has bold and sexy
styles which have been embraced by the celebrities.
Toronto’s Canadian Fashion Districts
Toronto continues to be the breeding ground for talented, young, up and coming Canadian
Fashion designers. Local creations are often featured at such boutiques as Propaganda,
Courage My Love and Fresh Collective.
The key retail areas for Canadian Fashion can be found in several locations:
For high end Canadian Fashion, there is Yorkville along Bloor West area. This is
the home of Canada's more expensive high end designers such as Philippe Dubuc and
For hip and trendy Canadian Fashion, Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue is the
area to showcase local talents. Along Queens Street West past Spadina Street is
known as the Fashion District. This section is full of Canadian fabric and upholstery
wholesalers. Another area along Queens Street is the center of the rebirth of Goth
Getting Started in Canadian Fashion
Clothing and Fabric Designers
If you are interested in creating a new look or a new style, then becoming a Canadian
Clothing and Fabric Designer may be right for you.
Some Fashion Designers do not have formal education but they gained their knowledge
through apprenticeship. However, obtaining a formal education through one of Canada's
250 plus post secondary schools in arts and designs will put you further ahead.
Many Canadian designers use fabrics and materials which are generated from local
provinces such as wool, leather and fur from Quebec and Newfoundland.
While some small Canadian Fashion companies still manufacture in Canada, many of
the larger productions have moved overseas to places such as China due to cheap sources
of labor. So a basic understanding of importing is required for the Canadian Clothing
and Fabric Designers.
Companies with the manufacturing done abroad will require their designers to travel
to the production sites and develop samples and product prototypes.
Canadian Fashion Media
The first all Canadian fashion magazine, Flare began selling on the newsstands in
1979. Today, Flare magazine provides Canadian women with the latest in high fashion
trends, beauty tips and style advice. The magazine began as a replacement for a
former Canadian magazine called Miss Chatelaine. It became Canada's first successful
fashion magazine focusing on young Canadian career women and providing them with
predominately Canadian content.
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