Ottawa Vogue Present: Uniting Ottawa’s native arts group via trend


The Ottawa Vogue Present (OFS) is a brand new group that goals to revitalize Ottawa’s trend scene and construct group amongst native artists.

The group is planning a trend present for September, which was initially scheduled for March, however was postponed as a result of proliferation of the Omicron version. In the meantime, the organizers instagram To create a COVID-safe platform to foster native Ottawa designers and enthusiasm.

David McKenna is the inventive director of OFS and a member of the founding board. He stated that his thought for the style present got here from a mix of a few of his pursuits in addition to the circumstances of the pandemic.

“I used to be operating a industrial cleansing enterprise when the pandemic hit and I actually needed to make some changes,” McKenna stated. “I grew out of it and began doing a whole lot of work and tasks digitally.”

He hopes the Instagram web page will assist the town’s trend group develop and unite.

“What do I see on this house [Ottawa] There are lots of people who’re doing actually nice work however are in their very own place,” he stated. “Not sufficient connectivity.”

Cameron Bruce, a 3rd yr communication and media research scholar at Carleton College, began his personal clothes model, Vice+, Final yr. He describes it as a mixture of avenue trend and high-performance athletic put on.

Bruce was the primary designer to be featured in OFS’s Native Showcase collection on Instagram. The collection is a part of the lead-up to their September present that Bruce plans to take part in.

“My second pursuit in life is operating. I needed to mix my love of trend and my love of operating and make some issues that make you run actually quick and that [looks] Sort of trendy,” he stated.

Bruce began Vice+ a couple of yr in the past, mid-pandemic. He stated he had considered beginning the corporate since highschool, however the pandemic prompted him to begin “testing the waters” with designing, as he had extra free time.

“My mentality was beginning to be, ‘I’ve nothing to lose… the world is on fireplace proper now, actually. I may even do my very own factor,'” Bruce stated.

Final yr, Bruce launched particular person items of clothes, however this yr he is beginning to drop total themed collections.

“The primary assortment I will drop this yr goes to be like a throwback to the early 2000s that takes a whole lot of inspiration from the types I used to be in search of once I was a child,” Bruce stated.

When he began Vice+, Bruce stated he did not focus a lot on native involvement, however after becoming a member of OFS, he was impressed to turn out to be extra concerned regionally.

,[They] It impressed me to assume slightly bit extra about attempting to construct relationships… I actually need to collaborate with lots of people on the town,” he stated.

One other native designer, Kayla Campbell, stumbled upon OFS when she was shopping the Web to search out trend exhibits within the space to advertise her model, MeliumWhich she began a yr in the past on Etsy.

Campbell stated she’s excited in regards to the initiative as a result of she needs to “be extra concerned within the common trend and humanities group.” He additionally stated that mainstream trend performs a job in ignoring the smaller gamers on this group.

“Ottawa is a boring metropolis to begin with, however there are so few clothes traces and so many small artists. [and] Photographers below the scenes,” she stated.

She added that mainstream trend typically overlooks smaller trend communities and that native designers from these communities are what she hopes the present helps discover.

OFS not solely goals to create house for designers, McKenna stated additionally it is trying to join Ottawa artists of every kind—resembling fashions, photographers and visible artists—via trend.

The present will assist native visible artists showcase their work as background scenes at their September efficiency, in addition to native fashions of all backgrounds, expertise ranges and ages.

“It’s a showcase platform for all types of artistry. Somebody who’s a mannequin, who in any other case wouldn’t have had the chance to showcase themselves as a mannequin, can begin constructing a portfolio. With visible artists It is the identical factor,” McKenna stated.

Wanting forward, OFS organizers anticipate to host trend exhibits twice a yr, in addition to a number of different aspect tasks. McKenna stated he hopes to develop some psychological well being initiatives for native artists.

“The larger the occasion, the extra consideration is drawn to artwork and trend. After which there are extra alternatives on the municipal stage by way of native funding,” McKenna stated.

Native clothier, Kayla Campbell, began her model Melleium on Etsy a yr in the past. [Photo by @renteiphotography]

Campbell stated she needs Ottawa to emerge as an even bigger participant within the trend world and hopes OFS can assist make that occur.

“Particularly since COVID-19, folks have began carrying very unusual garments and I’m right here for it. I can go to Walmart and somebody’s carrying a bunny hat and [I say]’Good on you,'” she stated.

McKenna additionally stated that he would actually like to see Ottawa on the map as a trend capital.

“Reviving this house is one thing I am actually trying ahead to,” he stated.

McKenna stated his workforce will launch their web site quickly and that extra details about September’s exhibits and ticket gross sales can be obtainable as soon as a venue is secured. He encourages any native artist who needs to get entangled and attain OFS through Instagram.


Featured picture by Spencer Colby.





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