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Seneca presents designer talent at |FAT| Arts and Fashion Week

Toronto, April 24, 2013 – Seneca College presents the fashion designs of graduating students Craig Renaud and Mandeep Mangat as part of |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week on April 24.

This year’s festival is proud to showcase the runway collections of these emerging designers fresh out of Seneca’s renowned Fashion Arts program.

“Participating in |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week will allow Craig and Mandeep’s extraordinary collections to reach a wider audience and help launch their careers,” said Gitte Hansen, Chair of Seneca’s School of Fashion.

Craig recently won the Best In Show award sponsored by Rowenta at Seneca’s annual Redefining Design show. The graduating students’ collections were judged by fashion experts David Dixon, Andrew Sardone, Sarah Nicol, and Philip Sparks.

"We're very thrilled to have the Seneca students at |FAT| this year! It's very exciting to see such creative young minds and to support Toronto's up-and-coming talent,” said Vanja Vasic, Executive Director of |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week. “We've selected these students together with Gitte Hansen, because their work is fresh and inventive and we feel that they are two designers to look out for in the fashion industry."

Event Calendar |FAT| fashionCRAVING on April 24, 2013

8:30 p.m.: Runway Showcase – Craig Renaud

SOULAGES by Craig Renaud
Inspired primarily by the works of Pierre Soulages, the abstract expressionist “Painter of Black,” this Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection makes use of linen and wool almost exclusively. As with Pierre Soulages, the palate is dark, consisting of black and deep blue, accented by shots of light cream. The pieces create a narrow, falling silhouette, using tailoring combined with machine knits. A contrast is created between the smooth shapes made by the structured and draped wools, and the sharp and crisp textures of the knitted linen yarn. The result is an aggressive, assertive, beautiful look which emphasizes individualism.

9:20 p.m.: Runway Showcase – Mandeep Mangat

ANIMA MUNDI by Mandeep Mangat
Anima Mundi blurs the line between what is considered animate and inanimate. Microbial bacteria has been grown and dehydrated – serving as a humane, eco-friendly alternative to leather. Hand dyed and felted wool roving creates a gorgeous moss-like texture. Bubbling, sculptural silhouettes, and curving lines portray a sense of movement and transition, all the while captured in stasis. With an in-depth involvement at every stage of the process, Mandeep’s collection translates her personal experiences into lovingly made couture artisan pieces.

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About |FAT|
|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week is a platform for inventive and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event delivers a packed schedule of runway shows, live performances, music, photography exhibits, fashion films and installation exhibits, to celebrate leaders in a wide range of art forms.

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