Canadian Designer -Wayne Clark

Lately, clothing is manufactured in China. So today I am mentioning Canadian design made in Canada. Since I’m always talking about vintage, I know he used to manufacture his clothing in Canada. But competition and remaining viable in the fashion industry today warrants most clothing to be manufactured off shore. Celebrating great design and workmanship means taking a look at one of Canada’s Iconic designers, Wayne Clark. He is a Fashion designer to the stars, whom include Jane Fonda, Cindy Crawford, Rihanna, Sarah Polley and Vivica A. Fox. He has been working since the late 80s to present day, dressing wonderful women in beautiful clothes and remaining strictly Canadian. Wayne Clark was born in Drumheller, Alberta in 1949. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and graduated from the Fashion Design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON in 1973. A program I, myself had been enrolled in back in 1986-88. He went to London, England and apprenticed with Savile Row icon Hardy Amies for 18 months and worked as an assistant costume designer on the film The Romantic Englishwoman in 1975. Clark designed for manufacturer Aline Marelle when he returned to Toronto in 1977. He established his own woman’s wear collection in 1989, making dramatic evening gowns and well-tailored sportswear. With close to 30 years in the fashion industry, Wayne Clark has been able to create a brand that is synonymous with glamour and luxury.

In April 2008, The International Fashion Group honoured Clark with a retrospective of his Fashion through Illustration. It featured his drawings of magnificent luxury gowns. Of this process Clark states:

“Everybody always says, ‘Oh, you most love what you do.’ On the very rare day, I do. More often than not it’s just hard work. But this [the sketches] is the fun part.”

Wayne Clark Fashion Illustration

Wayne Clark has a studio located in Toronto on Carlaw Ave. You can check out current design work here: http://wayneclarkdesign.com

The Classic Little Black Dress- by Wayne Clark

Resources:

http://www.xtra.ca/public/Toronto/Wayne_Clark_Red_carpet_runway_through_time-5638.aspx

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/wayne-clark

Till Next Time!!!!!!!

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