fashion magazine
Outstanding Students
by MARILYN R. WILSON
Here is the second installment of outstanding students from local fashion design/merchandising programs. This month it's the University of the Fraser Valley. To qualify for the 150 word bio in Fame'd, each of the students below took up and successfully completed the Fame'd Student Incentive Challenge to sell 10 copies of the current collectible edition. 50% of all sales went to benefit their department (or a charity of school's choice). Congratulations to each of the five successful students listed below.

Amelia Mayo - Amelia Mayo grew up in a small fishing town on Vancouver Island where her family has lived for four generations. She started sewing as a child with her mother and later with a teacher of "Kids Can Sew". Although she earned a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in marketing from Vancouver Island University, sewing continued to be a passion in her life. She decided to pursue her sewing passion by enrolling in the Fashion Design Diploma program at the University of the Fraser Valley. Her graduation will be in the spring of 2012. Amelia is transforming her love of sewing and creating into a career. She is planning to use her technical skills after graduation in a pattern drafting career.

Dawn Michelle Russell - Dawn's passion for textiles was nurtured as a graduate of Ryerson's Fashion Design program. An extended hiatus ended in 2007 when she enrolled as a student in Extended Studies-Textiles at UFV. In April 2012, Dawn presented her graduate collection under the title Della Terra Designs. Her textiles are earth inspired and sourced, influenced by her association with VanDusen Botanical Garden. Working with plant extracts, mineral pigments, rusting techniques, indigo and other materials and methods that evolves from earth elements, Dawn colours cotton, silk, linen and paper. She uses surface design techniques and often hand weaving to create the fabrics that become her specialty garments. Della Terra Designs offers meticulously researched and tested techniques that result in highly unique fabrics given full expressive range through simple garment styles. This collection is for sophisticated women with an eye for the exquisite in textiles and who share Dawn's passion for the subtleties of the earth's palette. dellaterradesigns@shaw.ca

Samantha Merritt - Samantha Merritt was born in Abbotsford B.C, in January of 1992, and has loved fashion since she was a little girl. In 2010 she was awarded the Abbotsford District Scholarship, which helped pay tuition at the University of the Fraser Valley for the Fashion Design Diploma. That same year she was awarded the UFV Randy Hubert Scholarship for Fashion Design. Samantha was then given the opportunity to design the official tartan for the city of Abbotsford. The tartan she designed is registered in Scotland under The Scottish Register of Tartans. She is now in her final months of her graduating year at UFV, and is currently working on her grad collection. In the near future, she hopes to complete her degree and then go abroad to complete her Masters in design. Ultimately, she has dreams of working in the industry as a designer.

Samantha Proche - Samantha Proche is a second year fashion design student at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is 21 years old and about to graduate and enter the exciting world of fashion. Proche's graduating collection has been created for the high-end junior contemporary women's market. The designs are resort wear for Spring/Summer 2012. They are inspired by designers such as Versace, Dolce and Gabanna, and DKNY. Her impressive collection contains fifteen pieces, three of which will appear down the runway at UFV's grad fashion show, Absolute Style. Samantha is excited to take on new avenues of the fashion world and cannot wait to see what is in store for her. Proche plans to continue to develop her skills by studying Fashion Merchandising. Samantha's ultimate goal is to own an urban boutique of her very own!

Seoheui Han - Seoheui Han was born in Korea. Once she graduated from private high school in Korea, she decided to continue her education in Canada. At first, Seoheui contemplated a career in Communication Engineering, but since her older brother owns a sportswear retail store and fashion is a family interest, she changed her career goals. Now in the final stages of earning a Fashion Design Diploma at the University of the Fraser Valley in the spring of 2012, Seoheui has decided to pursue a career in Visual Merchandising. She knows her ability to interpret fashion trends for a variety markets and her attention to detail will be a benefit in her chosen career. She is anxious to use her fashion savvy and creative skills to help companies promote sales. Seoheui's graduate collection is reflective of her creative skills. Her collection intelligently mixes unusual fabrics for a young market.