In its most recent edition, the prestigious magazine Maclean’s signed the article “LaSalle boosts Montreal’s reputation for fashion”.
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In this eulogistic article, several representatives of the Canadian fashion industry testify to the quality of alumni, graduates and students of the International School of Fashion, Arts and Design at LaSalle College.
Here are some excerpts:
— This reputation for artistic prowess has been in place for decades now, says Clara Northcott, who ran the Canadian arm of the Smirnoff International Fashion Awards. “There is a certain panache about Quebec designers,” she says, “and LaSalle has been a creative powerhouse, producing top contestants and winners. Frederic Tremblay won the international finals when he was at LaSalle.” Tremblay, who is now creative consultant at Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s fashion line, also held senior design positions at Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs.
— Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator—home to pearl jewellery designer and LaSalle alumnus Jon De Porter is impressed by the consistent talent coming out of the school. “Canadian brands such as Mackage and Marie Saint Pierre, all LaSalle grads, are some of the country’s best,” says Langdon. “It will be interesting to see who’s next on the horizon.”
— “It does have an international reputation, since they [graduates] are in many countries across the world. With Milan Tanedjikov as the creative director, LaSalle is gaining more recognition as a creative school,” says Pedram Karimi, LaSalle College alumnus.
— Alumni include Thomas Tait, the Montréal-born avant-garde designer who now works and shows in London.
To read the complete article, visit Maclean’s magazine’s website.