Our Vancouver

Vancouver Fashion Week celebrates city's 'unique' style

The city's celebration of style runs from March 14 to March 20

The city's celebration of style runs from March 14 to March 20

How the show is a boon for local designers 4:00

Every major city has a fashion week — and Vancouver is no exception, says Jamal Abdourahman, the producer of Vancouver Fashion Week.

Now in its 15th year, the week-long celebration of this city's style will feature 30 designers from 30 different countries.

But it is also an opportunity for local Vancouver designers to showcase their art to a global audience.

Three of those designers include Shelly Klassen of Blushing Boutique, Allison Wonderland, and Alex S. Yu.

Shelly Klassen works in her studio on Richards Street and makes a lot of dresses, both for the working women and for the night out.

Allison Smith graduated from Kwantlen University and now sells her clothes all across Canada with her label Allison Wonderland

Alex S. Yu graduated from the London College of Arts and is from White Rock. He goes bold with foot ware and fabric and is especially popular in Taiwan. The outfit he brought for CBC audiences to see was inspired by George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

​"Comfort and unique — that is Vancouver" says Abdourahaman, describing Yu's work.

In the video above, host Gloria Macarenko gets a preview of some of the designs on display at the upcoming Fashion Week.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.