Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Most Promising Designer 2012 Winner - Ryan Joelson!

Building on the theme of RAW, Ryan Joelson has created a collection that is both inspiring and moving. It is his attention to detail and pure love of fashion that resulted in him being named the Most Promising Designer at this year's Art of Fashion competition!

Making his collection even more remarkable, Ryan is currently a fashion student at Ryerson University. This resulted in him having to work within a "tight student budget" to create Rough-hewn. He utilized inexpensive materials, such as polyester, and worked them into luxurious garments that women would love to wear.

Employing unusual items like soldering irons, Ryan designed each piece with care. Applying heat and using various dyes and pigments, he worked his magic on everything from ball gowns to cocktail dresses. These garments would be right at home on the Oscar red carpet. 

From the petal effect to the ombre dyes, Ryan has created a beautiful collection that will stand the test of time. We cannot wait to see what is next for this very talented designer!

Congratulations, Ryan, on your much-deserved win!

Why not come see some of Ryan's winning designs in person? You can do so at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto from October 19-26, as part of Toronto Fashion Week celebrations.

Jasmin is a freelance writer currently based in Kingston, ON. 

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