Surrey will be well represented at the upcoming Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion show, thanks to the talents of three aspiring designers.
Surrey residents Yna Ansay, Earl Luigi and Andrea McDonald will show off their best work at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond as part of Kwantlen's annual showcase of fashion talent on April 3.
"The Show" is recognized as one of the biggest in Vancouver and attracts industry professionals from clothing companies such as Lululemon Athletica, Mac & Jac and Off the Wall. It is a chance for many of Kwantlen's aspiring students to get noticed and launch their careers.
For Ansay, Luigi and McDonald, The Show offers an open door to numerous possibilities.
"We've heard stories where people have gotten hired there, some were even offered to start businesses and it could lead to anywhere. It just gets our foot in the door," said Ansay.
The three students have spent the past four years working late nights and spending numerous hours commuting by bus between Surrey and Kwantlen's Richmond campus - often carting their designs with them. And they hope all the hard work will pay off.
"A lot of us are waiting for The Show because I know there can be a lot of opportunities coming up during and after the show," said McDonald.
Each of the 32 graduating students taking part in The Show have spent the past year perfecting their designs and making sure every detail is perfect. The program gives students a chance to create a line of clothing that is unique and special to them.
For Ansay, it was an opportunity to create a lingerie line for women who have undergone a mastectomy.
"'I've always looked upon women who've had breast cancer because they are so strong and they've survived so much," she said. "I want them to see themselves for who they truly are. They are beautiful."
Her goal, she said, is to promote inner beauty through beautiful luxurious fabrics.
Luigi and McDonald have also created bold and unique lines that speak to their personalities and the type of consumer they are targeting.
And their excitement about having a chance to meet some of the industry's leading professionals is palpable.
"To even be able to work for these people or getting a chance to have a conversation is such an honour, I think," said Luigi.
"[The Show] is really the sum of everything we've learned in four years, and then we show it to everyone in Vancouver," said Ansay.