What comes to mind when you think of fashion? Is it New York? Milan Fashion week? The Met Gala? Coco Chanel?
I can bet New Brunswick, Canada doesn’t come to mind first.
If you don’t know, New Brunswick is a rural province in Canada, and “most” people either work at an oil refinery, a pulp and paper mill, a brewery - or some sort of a construction profession. Now, this doesn’t sound like the place where people would want to come to start a fashion business…right? Wrong!
This province is an inspiring place to be a part of. With coastal and mountain views plentiful - inspiration is at your fingertips! Being a local fashion designer in New Brunswick has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Most people aren’t even aware that there is a Fashion Design diploma you can take in the capital of New Brunswick. At NBCCD Fredericton, this course will allow you to learn fashion illustration, sewing, pattern development, garment construction and so much more. The course is 2 years long, divided into 6 semesters, and will mould your passion into a reality.
So much so, that there is an end-of-the-year fashion show put on by the institution itself. This event will allow students and alumni to showcase their custom designs and see how the real world of fashion design works in entertainment.
So, New Brunswick isn’t just a place to land a job in the trades - but also to excel and strive for fashion! As a small province, it’s important to support local designers in any way you can. Following designers on social media and encouraging people to check out their businesses is one of the best ways to do so.
Cover image by Manav Matta