The airy and spacious Azure restaurant, located in the Intercontinental Hotel, Toronto set the stage for the first Youth Love Fashion event, October 18, 2014 – a wonderful showcase of young PACTFashion designers, organized and sponsored by top talent in Toronto. Irene Stickney, PACTFashion lead and owner of The Make Den Sewing School, along with PRODUCT Magazine publisher, Kyle Kofsky, partnered with PACT to help in making the dreams of these young designers come to life!
In the Beginning
Students in the Toronto District School Board, including current PACTFashion participants were invited to submit an application and an illustration of an outfit, designed for a women they love or appreciate. Chosen applicants were taught, assisted and mentored for five months leading up to the showcase event, where agency models donned their fashions and took to the runway!
In Fashion tv host Glenn Baxter kicked off the show that included an amazing concert by the PACTRocks crew, a very entertaining walk-off competition hosted by Toronto performer, Tynaomi Banks and high-energy hip hop dance performance by Electrified. The Intercontinental Hotel generously provided the venue as well as endless hors d’oeveres and snacks for guests. Sponsors included Spellbound Hair Design and The Toronto Fashion Academy, who gifted all young designers with $12,000 worth of free fashion courses!
Sisters, mothers and even the Honorable Jean Augustine were celebrated – dresses were designed especially for them and they proudly (and bravely!) modeled them for the crowd.
PACTFashion is just one of the PACT Urban Peace Program’s Life & Job Skills projects designed to help youth reach their full potential in life, foster team-building and develop self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Students in all PACT programming, from fashion to cooking to wall finishing are taught introductory real-world skills and then further encouraged to take part in more advanced/entrepreneurial programming.
To learn about all PACT Life & Job Skills Projects, click here.
To learn about our Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment, click here.
Youth Love Fashion in the news
(Media sponsor Duet PR)
City Centre Mirror: Fashion dreams become reality for disadvantaged Toronto youth