fashion design & industry

Ever look at the clothing racks in a store and think “I could design something better” or “if only I could tweak the garment”? This may be the cohort for you! Over the course of the year students will learn how to design, create and market their own clothing garment, and learn skills that will encouraging them to go big in an area of
fashion design
during the pursuit week in June.  

Whether it is a potential career path, or simply an emerging area of passion or interest,
each student will be sure to walk away with a valuable new skill.



Each day the cohort will learn about a different and important aspect of the fashion world as well as build upon skills developed through each day, from design school to fabric sourcing to fashion business and more! They will connect with local businesses, fashion design students and professionals.


This pursuit will culminate in an opportunity for the students to create garments of their own design then present these to the wider community in the form of a fashion exhibit or show.



Senior school teachers, Mrs. Alison Higinbotham & Mrs. Deanna Catto, lead this creative and detail oriented cohort. As they are both Math department teachers, they bring with them a firm understanding of measurements and calculating but perhaps more importantly, both are passionate about sewing, design and have practiced these skills for many years.


An important element of the Experiential program is building strong relationships with local community members and businesses.
See links to those resources, businesses and community members below.

Local post-secondary design school, Pacific Design Academy, hosted the cohort in their “Fashion Loft” on their 1st Expedition day on October 16th. They have a 2-year Fashion Industry diploma program.

On Expedition day #2, Nov. 21st, the cohort met with Fabricland General Manager, Jolanda, for a comprehensive tour and talk, teaching them about fabric content and so much more!