“The school board could get a tad more involved in the ways of promoting our students,” said Milan Tanedjikov, lecturer at both the ESM and Collège LaSalle. “I’d be thrilled to simply see more of their work, of their sketches online. An online portfolio, if we may. It doesn’t have to be a far-fetched reality show.”
Meanwhile, whether there’s a fashion show — be it physical or, in a near future, virtually in some way — or not, the reality is that graduating students are, well, soon to be graduates. But in these confusing times, where pretty much everything becomes a question, is there any prospect for designers to get a job, and better yet, a paycheck? To that, Milan isn’t worried about. With the health and safety protocols now emerging, he’s been involved in the production of face masks and had a rather hard time finding qualified workers. “The fashion industry as we know it — packed full of companies producing abroad at a lower cost — is in shock. The good news is that the demand for local stitchers, cutters, pressers, pattern makers, and so on is spiking.”
“The fashion industry as we know it — packed full of companies producing abroad at a lower cost — is in shock. The good news is that the demand for local stitchers, cutters, pressers, pattern makers, and so on is spiking.”
There are several positives that have strung from lockdown such as the resurgence of support for stay-at-home production lines. Emerging and established designers alike can use this situation to their advantage. They are, as Milan points out, the ones who can do manual labour, who know how to work a sewing machine. And so, to help with the protective equipment shortages, Maïa Nadeau Godard et Jaylen Laroche-Boafo, both Milan’s mentees, put their projects on pause to start making hand-made masks next week. For Maïa, they made a biomimetic version that tricks us into thinking she used her own braided hairdo as a means of holding the mask on.