VCC Fiat Mode XXI Fashion Show

Andera Angelucci and City Lights visit the VCC Fiat Mode Vancouver Community College Fashion Show of August 2008.

The VCC Fashion Program started in 1986, providing training and upgrading for those wanting to enter the fashion industry. The Fiat Mode Fashion Show, Fiat Mode being Italian for “let there be fashion,” started the following year. The program is a two-year, part-time program, with classes held in the evening and the majority of the students working other jobs during the day. In effect, students have to work doubly as hard, and their efforts can be seen in the quality of their creations striding down the runway.

Graduate Tha Danh says the program is, “nothing but excellent.” Students learn all the technical aspects, for example: drafting, sewing techniques, and textiles. Teachers are industry professionals who create a friendly environment in the classroom.

At the 2008 fashion show, Mavi Jeans was one of the sponsors. Speaking with PR & Marketing Manager Cora Mau, she says the decision to participate as a sponsor was a “no brainer” due to the emerging designers and talent there. Erin Cychmistruck, Technical Designer for Mavi Jeans, just finished her classes the following Spring and having already gained employment, describes the transition from the classes to employment as easy.

The creativity and calibre of the pieces on the catwalk can attest to the buzz surrounding the VCC Fiat Mode Fashion Show. To keep up to date with emerging designers and to learn more about the program, visit


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