GBC fashion graduates take the spotlight on Stitched

Lesley Hampton and Joao Paulo Guedes are among GBC alumni to appear on the new fashion TV show

Stitched, like the name suggests is a reality show about fashion.

Every episode, four designers will compete to piece together outfits under tight deadlines, testing their creativity throughout the process.

Designers will have to prove themselves to a panel of judges over three rounds of challenges.

The winner of each episode will take home $10, 000.

George Brown College (GBC) graduates Joao Paulo Guedes, Christopher Paunil, Sarah Splinter, Lesley Hampton, David Wigley and Andrew McDonald are among the lineup to vie for the cash prize.

Hampton, a graduate of the fashion techniques and design program never contended in a competition of this level. She said time management is a challenge in the broader fashion industry.

The designer hails from Newfoundland, where fashion is not a big focus and so she turned to television to tune in to the latest trends.

“I would always turn on fashion television on Saturday mornings”, she said.

Hampton will be collaborating with other Canadian designers such as UNTTLD to take to the runway at the fashion gala, CES Presents, which is to be held at King Edward Hotel on Oct. 18. All proceeds will be in support of Boost for Kids.

She will also be featured at the upcoming Toronto Plus Size Fashion week, slated for Nov. 2018, as a designer/panelist.

Joao Paulo Guedes, another graduate from the fashion techniques and design program learned of his selection to participate in Stitched at the end of 2017.

“It was really intense,”  Guedes said about to the limited time to complete each challenge. “You have only 30 seconds to pick your fabric and create something cool.”

In spite of the outrageous tasks, he appreciated his time on the show. JP advised fashion students to immerse themselves into competitions such as this one to build their name.

Guedes’ fashion collection Illusion was released last May in his native country, Brazil and debuted in Toronto this September.

The judges are Canadian fashion model, Kim Cloutier, celebrity stylist, Joe Zee and Editor-in-Chief of Elle Canada, Vanessa Craft.

Stitched premiered on Sept. 9 on the Slice channel, a channel under Corusentertainment. Weekly episodes are being aired on Sundays at 9 p.m. eastern time.

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GBC fashion graduates take the spotlight on Stitched