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VCAD instructor passes along her advice to aspiring designers
Nov '09
What has become an institution in the Vancouver Goth scene, humbly began ten years ago as the vision of design school grad, Miriam Melanson. Looking to take her love of fashion and talent for crafting to the next level, Melanson launched Flaming Angels, a line of clothing and accessories that exuded an aura of both purity and mystery. A decade later, the craft seamstress is applying her passion for fashion in a new venue – as a fashion instructor at Vancouver College of Art and Design (VCAD).

“I have always had an interest in fashion and especially handicrafts and sewing. All the women on my mother's side of the family sew,” says Melanson. “My decision to become a designer happened when I was in grade 10, and I launched Flaming Angels while I was still in design school.”

Since its inception, Flaming Angels has grown and evolved, now featuring home furnishings as well as clothing and accessories. Staying relevant and successful as an independent designer isn't easy, but Melanson believes starting off with proper skills training can boost a designer's longevity.

“Attending a well rounded fashion program like those offered at VCAD will give anyone the tools and foundation skills needed for a career in the fashion industry,” advises Melanson. “Designers also need drive, ambition and perseverance.”

Students at VCAD receive hands-on training from instructors like Melanson who work in the fields they teach, passing along the most relevant and current information. Those interested in pursuing a career in fashion can register at VCAD in the Fashion Design or Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion program.

Vancouver College of Art and Design

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