Fashionable Calgarians learned a lesson about fashion basics at the Dress Code fashion show by the Ecole Holt Couture on Nov. 18.
The show focused on wardrobe staples that every girl should have in her closet no matter how many zeros are in the fashion budget.
“[Learn] the most important thing about how dressing well on a limited budget starts; by having a only few key quality wardrobe basics that will last for a good few years without looking shabby,” says instructor Jutta Holtkamp-Rogan.
In fashion terms, coutour clothing means that the garments are made by hand, aim to reflect the client’s personality and last longer than most mass produced items.
“Couture is for the client who has a good idea of her own style or the intention of developing her or his own style, and is truly about being unique,” says Holtkamp-Rogan.
“[Coutour] is not a ‘label’, and it is definitely about investing in items that are beautiful as well as useful.”
The show featured ensembles by students, and vintage pieces from the school’s founder, Elfriedé Holtkamp.
“We have the most knowledgeable and most passionate students ever,” says Holtkamp.
“Everyone can look like a model in the right clothes,” said emcee Dustin Lawrence as the models took the runway.
“Classic key pieces transcend time.”
Essentials, such as blazers and trousers in neutral colours, allow diversity in your wardrobe.
“Take these pieces and then mix and match,” said Lawrence. “And keep the fibers all natural. Wear wool to stay warm, cotton to keep cozy, linen for softness, and silk for an airy feel.”
Although well-made coutour fashion is an investment, Holtkamp-Rogan says it’s an investment in every student’s future.
“Dressing basics up or down will get them through to the point of job interviews at the end of their education. Even educators take note of students who stand out not only for academic achievement, but also for taking care of and having pride in themselves.”
The Dress Code fashion show is a yearly event held by the school with all proceeds going to the Making Changes’ Walk in Closet program.
Through the program, women with financial barriers are provided with work-appropriate outfits often required upon entering the workforce.
“Unfortunately it’s a program we need, “says Lillian VenGenderen, operations manager.
“The proper clothing provides motivation, confidence, and good emotions. If the proper outfit fits and looks good, you’ll feel good too.”