VCAD Fashion Design grad debuts


Published: Friday, 21 September 2018

Published: Friday, 21 September 2018

Wade Shapley rocked Vancouver Fashion Week with a debut runway show that featured his gold and glittering punk-inspired designs.

The VCAD Fashion Design program graduate showcased his new “Dress to Kill” collection on September 19, 2018.

"Being recently graduated and having the opportunity to showcase at an international level is just amazing,” Shapley said.

The professional, hands-on fashion design training Shapley received at VCAD helped him gain the skills needed to create his first collection.

Studying under industry-experienced instructors, he learned about garment construction, illustration, pattern making, and other essential topics.

"My end goal was always to help people in whichever kind of career I chose, and since it was fashion design I figured I could help people with what they wear,” he said.

By landing a coveted spot at Vancouver Fashion Week – launched in 2001 and held twice a year – Shapley joined an exclusive list of established designers and other emerging talents.

“It's just as exciting as going to a metal concert for me, so it's pretty cool.”

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