Redefining​ Design Debut at Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) 2019​

Redefining Design is an annual gala fashion show for our School of Fashion, Fashion Arts students’ graduating collections. The collections include menswear, womenswear, genderless, ready-to-wear and avant-garde. Redefining Design empowers student designers to explore different techniques, textile fabrication and sustainability, while maintaining excellence in design, innovation, creativity, and craftsmanship. This year marks the first time that the School of Fashion has presented at Fashion Art Toronto.

The evening of April 25th commenced with 42 Fashion Arts students taking the stage for two back to back shows. This year our Redefining Design Awards were selected by more than 39 industry judges who selected the top 3 students/collections based on innovativeness, craftsmanship, cohesiveness and the potential for the fashion industry.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Photography by George Pimentel

Sustainability Award: Outstanding implementation of sustainability principles in the designer collection

Winners: Arielle Justine and Jordan Tabalbag



Innovation Award: Innovative use of design elements

Winners: Sharic Bui and (P.Q.) Qiang Peng



Up-and-coming Designer Award: Designer showing potential for success in the Canadian fashion industry

Winner: Tia Mc Quaid


Best Composition Award: Through the use of colour and textiles

Winner: Kristen Mckoy


Fashion Excellence Award: Technical excellence

Winner: David Ezomoh


G & S Dyes Award: Best original textile design work

Winner: Gabi Hur


INLAND Award Most market ready: Market ready (point of differentiation/added value)

Winner: Saarah Hosein


Best in Show, Telio and Fashion Studio 7 Award: Best work of all, most media-ready collection

Winner: Arya Ertekin


Photography by George Pimentel

SS19 Zoran Dobric Look Book

Seneca Fashion Professor Zoran Dobric draws on Art Deco architecture in Toronto for this collection.  The geometric ornamentation of the Prudential house and the Sterling tower inspire the original print designs on silk and bonded jerseys. The abstract geometry lends itself to colour blocked tancel day dresses and pleated silk evening wear.  The accessories feature hiking rope and fringe in a modern approach, evoking a bricolage of vaguely hiking, folklore or flapper references. For more visit  

School of Fashion Career Networking Night 2018

On Monday, October 1st Seneca’s School of Fashion welcomed 25 companies to the Great Hall. The event was an opportunity for companies and our students to network and learn more about each other. Career opportunities and paths were of special interest to our students and they had the chance to speak with the most knowledgeable of representatives from companies such as Nordstrom, RW & Co, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Clinique, Holt Renfrew, Footlocker, Elmwood Spa, Rexall, The Ten Spot, HBC & Saks, Sanctuary Day Spa, NYX and more!


Alumni Spotlight: Marysol Kim

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Program: Fashion Arts

Grad Year: 2018

Current Position:

Junior Designer, Creative Matters Inc (*from September 2018)

What is your favourite Seneca memory?

I have too many fond memories during my time at Seneca but one of my favourites is being mesmerized by the garments and costumes at the Fashion Resource Centre. It is truly a fashion treasure trove archiving the zeitgeist: the spirit of the times through the different ages, available to students for learning and research. I am still trying to figure out the pleats on a gorgeous 1980s Issey Miyake outfit I last saw at the centre!

If you could give one piece of advice to a student completing the same program as you, what would it be?

Experiment and challenge yourself. Being at school is a great time to learn and try different designs and ideas. Also, take advantage of the numerous design events and competitions available; it’s a great opportunity to keep you creatively challenged and meet/network with industry professionals.

How has your career evolved?

Upon graduation, I started my career in Warranty Repair at Canada Goose. After an exciting summer of learning and working in Quality Control, I was referred by faculty, to a luxury floor and wall-covering design company. I accepted a position with them and look forward to continuously grow and evolve creatively.

How did your Seneca program help you get to where you are now/your current career?

I am fortunate to have graduated from two programs at Seneca. The Fashion Studies program aligned perfectly with my background in fine arts and pinpointed me to Fashion Arts. With its varied courses and wonderful faculty, I was fully able to develop and explore my skills and ideas, while starting to shape my visions as a designer.

Do you have any other thoughts or memories you would like to share?

Be curious: from the construction of a seam on a garment to the person sitting next to you in design class; the silly show on Netflix and what is happening in Toronto and the world today. I think being curious not only keep you inspired creatively but also helps you problem-solve challenges, understand the interesting relationship between fashion and people, and find your own voice in the industry.


Fresh off the press! Rowenta Canada celebrates 10 years of supporting Seneca fashion students!

Rowenta Canada celebrates 10 years of supporting Seneca fashion students!

Since 2008, Rowenta has sponsored the ‘Best in Show’ award at Seneca’s Annual Thesis Fashion Show

Toronto, ON — Luxury home and linen care company Rowenta Canada is celebrating 10 years of supporting young fashion students in Toronto through their sponsorship of the Seneca’s Annual ThesisFashion Show. Since 2008, Rowenta has sponsored the ‘Best in Show’ winner, providing a $1,000 sponsorship. On April 26, 2018, a group of industry experts including fashion designers Lucian Matis, Miriam Baker, as well as editors from top-tier fashion publications selected Charlotte Li as the winner of the Rowenta sponsorship. Charlotte Li is a young designer and graduate of the Fashion Arts Program, who immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 2011. Her winning collection featured a bold colour palette and exaggerated silhouettes inspired by Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings and created through patching different fabrics together.

“We could not be more thrilled to support Charlotte Li in her design journey,” said Noel Gallegos, Senior Product Manager of Rowenta Canada. “Our goal is to empower the future of the fashion industry and give them the tools they need, including our garment care products, to succeed. This is why we see the Rowenta partnership with Seneca as a natural fit and hope to continue supporting the students for years to come.”

With Rowenta’s garment care products like the Steam Force iron, Compact Steam Generator or the X-Cel Garment Steamer, every garment will look flawless. Rowenta not only provides Seneca’s “Best in Show” winner with economic help, they also provide them with the right tools to reach their full potential. Perfection, consistency and intelligence are key to Rowenta’s vision and with their garment care products, the designers of tomorrow will be inspired by unrivalled professional results.

Please click HERE to view the exclusive ‘Best in Show’ video featuring interviews with the past three winners. #MyRowenta #SenecaProud #SenecaFashion