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Kwantlen grads show fashion flair

Lorraine Graves   May-01-2019

Angela Jihea Cho’s line, Nabi Intimates, offers sexy elegance with a Korean flair.

Photo by KPU


At the grad fashion show for the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on April 18, each of the four-year program’s graduates created designs to solve a problem.

For Amanda Mah, with her NRG line, it was clothing for an underserved group of women: fitness wear that is snazzy and works well on bodies that are not toothpick thin.

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“Each piece is designed with fit and function in mind,” she says. “Through design and garment engineering, I aim to strike a balance between fit, function and fashion.”

Angela Jihea Cho drew on her Korean heritage to design Nabi Intimates which she describes as a“ line of finely crafted, luxury lingerie.”

Her peignoir set featured a flowing garment based on a traditional Korean dress called an hanbok made of crisp, radiant and sheer red organza embellished with gold, over a full skirt of Tuscan yellow satin.

While her clothing is sexy and elegant at the same time, Cho says: “I strive to celebrate the Korean woman and provide them with an outlet for self-expression, empowerment and cultural identity.”

The grad fashion presentation featured runway shows with professional models, running five times throughout the day, with each designer exhibiting their portfolio between each runway show.

It was a day to celebrate the new graduates’ accomplishments, show what they had learned, and display their skills for the public and for friends and proud parents.

Designers and clothing manufacturers attended the shows, then asked questions at the exhibitions. Former Wilson grads took in the shows as well, many of whom now work in the clothing industry.

These grads are serious designers who have spent four years learning the business of clothing production as well as the intricacies of clothing design.


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