Third-year textiles sciences student Antonia Schindle is getting ready for a whirlwind trip to Montreal to have her fashion design walk down the runway at Montreal’s Fashion Week.
Not bad for a 20 year old.
Schindle is the lone Manitoban to be handpicked for an all-expense-paid trip to the Télio Design Competition. Selected from 116 applicants, she and 24 other Canadian fashion designers will have their designs showcased on March 12 in true style: amid a flurry of media, representatives from the fashion industry, spectators and a jury. If it all goes well, Schindle could win one of five scholarships totaling $10,000.
“It still feels so surreal, but it is a dream come true!” says Schindle. “I’m so excited to have made it this far and am proud of this accomplishment. Being in Fashion Week has always been a dream of mine and now it is being realized! I can't wait to see my dress on the runway!”
The Human Ecology student’s design is a stunning chocolate-brown dress covered in hand-stitched, delicate little prairie roses. Schindle, who’s faculty advisor is Lorna Campbell, says it took her about 100 hours of work to construct her design.
“I live just north of Winnipeg in a rural area on 160 acres of forest. My major inspiration came from the wild roses that grow in the forest around my house and I knew I wanted to incorporate this into my design. This is where the handmade rosettes came in. As for the shape and style of the dress, I love structured, streamlined silhouettes so I designed my dress accordingly.”
Schindle explains that in order to be selected as a finalist she had to submit an illustration board that included a sketch of her design - a stylized sketch and a technical sketch - as well as mount swatches of her choice from Telis fabrics. Telis is a leading fine fabric import-export and distribution company. The competition is open to current and active design students across Canada.