[T]here must be something in the water fountains in Ryerson’s School of Fashion.
Dozens of graduates have gone on to make Ryerson proud through world-wide internships with major industry names, to creating their own brands and lines.
No wonder Ryerson is seen as one of the most prestigious fashion schools in Canada –they’ve got the alumni to prove it. With shows like Mass Exodus and other major events that showcase student designs, Ryerson Fashion students are constantly working to make a name for themselves and get their work seen.
Here are five noteworthy Ryerson fashion alumni.
Graduated: Class of 2000
[E]rdem Moralioglu has interned for prominent fashion moguls like Vivienne Westood and Diane von Furstenberg. He premiered his collection Erdem at Fashion Fringe in London where he earned the grand prize of $180,000 in 2005. More recently, in 2010, Moralioglu won the grand prize at the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund – a resounding near $325,000. Only a mere year after his Fashion Fringe win, Moralioglu collaborated with the British rainy-weather-coat company, Mackintosh.
You can find Moralioglu’s designs online for sale at net-a-porter. He currently resides in London.
Graduated: Class of 2002
After doing an exchange at Westminster University in London and graduating from Ryerson, Laing went on to land an apprenticeship with the late and iconic Alexander McQueen. He also had showpieces featured in five of McQueen’s collections. Since then Laing’s collections have been shown at New York fashion week covered widely by international media. Just last year, Laing, along with a handful of other designers, joined forces with Fiest, Broken Social Scene and other indie artists, for a t-shirt line collaboration.
Laing’s collections can be found at select stores in Russia, Asia and North America. Laing currently lives in Toronto.
Graduate Sarah Duke owns her own boutique, The Sarah Duke Factory Store, located on Bloor Street West. She launched her own line in 2010 – a mere three years after she graduated from Ryerson. Her collections are also carried at Victoire Boutique in Ottawa, Coal Miner’s Daughter in Markham, Sylvie and Shimmy on Queen Street West, and online at Pont Neuf Boutique.
Duke currently works in Toronto, out of her studio in Parkdale.
Amanda Lew Kee
Graduated: Class of 2010
Kee’s tried it all. She started by developing her own modest jewelry line, which soon transitioned into a leather garment line and in its final stage became a women’s “ready-to-wear-line” that found itself at Toronto’s Fashion week in 2010, right after Kee graduated. Kee’s leather jackets have been featured on HBO’s True Blood, and she even designed the gown the 90210 star Shanae Grimes wore to the MuchMusic Video Awards. She’s dressed the likes of Keri Hilson, Miss Piggy and MuchMusic’s own Liz Trinnear and Sarah Taylor.
Recently, Kee partnered up with Roots to develop her Canadian Born Natural Luxury line that boasts sleek leather jackets, creative sweatshirts, and chic sweatpants. The collection will launch in Vancouver at Roots’ 1001 Robson Street location.
Visit her site: http://www.amandalewkee.com
Graduated: Class of 2003
In 2003, Matis received the Sung Award for great design talent. The young up-and-comer then premiered his first professional collection at L’Oreal Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter shows in 2007, where the Canadian industry responded with praise and compliment. Since graduating Ryerson, Matis has developed great media presence. He made a special guest appearance on Canada’s Next Top Model finale where he also featured his collection in its entirety. His collection landed him second place on Project Runway Canada’s first season. Matis has even been featured as a profile subject on Fashion Television.
Visit his site: LucianMatis.com