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Ecole Holt Couture Fashion Event 2016 Video

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Published on Dec 30, 2016

Ecole Holt Couture students feature their current project work on the runway each year. This year, the event opened with an exhibit in Festival Hall foyer, curated by Ian Rogan with the assistance of Cassandra Cummings, featuring the students and their work in progress up-close interacting with the guests before the runway show. Alumni members also showcased their masterpieces on display on the auditorium stage.
This year EHC also partnered with InspireProjectYYC, raising awareness and funds for children’s charities – supporting children victimized by abuse and neglect. Mini Heroes, a coffee table photographic portrait collection of children re-imagined as influential heroes, a creative project by InspireProjectYYC were sold in the exhibit hall. All the proceeds of the event were donated to InspireProjectYYC not-for-profit foundation.
The young Mini Heroes were the first to walk out on the runway, followed by EHC students modeling their own creations, and this year’s Vintage collection by Elfriede Holtkamp, Master couturier/tailor and Founder of Ecole Holt Couture.
The theme ‘Step by Step’ reflected the methods and steps EHC applies in sharing information and training students to become professional couturiers and tailors.
Live music by Los Morenos
Video by Joe Kelly

cheers, J

 

Many Thanks and Plan B │ Organizing Fashion Events 13 Tips for Success

Event planning is a piece of cake – if you’re referring to ‘mille-feuille’, French for ‘a thousand leaves’. What we’ve learned over the past five years is just how extraordinarily fortunate we’ve been to enlist competent supportive individuals, and develop solid partnerships. Professionalism, artisanship, reliability, availability, generosity, and willingness all matter.

EHC’s fashion event fundraisers are held on Sunday afternoons and therefore reflect a more relaxed, but no less sophisticated event. As a small private vocational school, our reliance on volunteers is quite significant. The love of doing it, donated time and expertise, or taking an opportunity to gain experience and exposure, are all motivators.

Here are 13 things that we’ve experienced.

1. We’re extremely fortunate to have a culture of volunteerism in our city. Organizers need to take good care of their volunteers, a large portion of them are made up of skilled and willing individuals. Everyone generally functions better when they know what to expect and what is expected of them, so providing volunteers with an itinerary full of relevant details a few days before the event is effort well invested.

2. Choosing the right venue, space for staging and seating are obviously essential. Often technicians and other behind the scenes people struggle with tight spaces, no place to sit down, few to zero refreshments, poor lighting and insufficient electrical sources, not to mention accessibility issues and parking near the venue is overlooked – don’t forget them in your plan.

3. Start planning early, as far as a year ahead of time. Set the date first, decide on the theme, book the venue and secure it with a refundable deposit. Get the photo shoot done for the graphic work and marketing. Book the photographer/videographer, musicians, staging people and caterers (some might require deposits at time of booking). Compile your own sponsorship package to initiate the sponsorship drive.

4. Choose and book your preferred hairstylists and makeup artists early. They are probably in high demand and appreciate advance requests whether they are working full-time or are free-lance operators. Free-lance doesn’t imply free time any time; it means they have chosen to work according to a schedule outside the norm.

5. Interestingly, the fun part of the organizing a fashion show comes late in the process. Choosing the looks, the garments, the models, the music and the menus can be done a couple of months to a few weeks before the event. Printing up final guest lists and programs is usually done only hours before the event.

6. In your show day schedule, allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours preparation for hair and makeup for each model. Provide healthy option, small portion nosh, and plenty of drinking water for the stylist and models as they are usually at the venue for very long hours. Strictly avoid sticky foods and foods that are prone to staining fabrics. You’d be appalled at how often simply providing refreshments for models and stylists, (and volunteers) is overlooked at fashion events.

7. Provide private space for hair stylists, makeup artists and models. Some natural light, plenty of electrical outlets, layout space for equipment for each stylist to work on a seated model, are musts.

8. Don’t forget racks for garments to be spaced and hung properly. Forget the iron, and go for a steamer if you must. Not all dressers are familiar with fabric characteristics and can inadvertently cause disaster trying to help. Garments should be properly pressed prior to the show and transported with care in zipped garment bags long enough for the entire piece to hang freely at the hemline. Shoes should be transported in clear plastic shoe boxes to identify them quickly and protect them from potential damage. Insert all accessories in labelled zip lock bags, one for each model per look for the dresser to handle and track.

9. Have one dresser per model, and if possible have one assistant per dresser to re-hang garments and replace accessories after each look is shown. A lot of damage caused to garments, lost earning backs, and misplaced items, happens during the frenzy of undressing, rather than the dressing. Pack an emergency sewing kit with thread, needles, thimble, scissors, safety pins, clear nail polish, and band-aids.

10. Set up a storyboard (runway lineup) that is clearly posted with a photo in order of appearance each of model name and accessories per look where the models, dressers, and stage manager can all reference it. A personable and firm stage manager is invaluable!

11. Another insider tip to working these events is that they are all ‘hurry up and wait’ affairs. The venue is set up quickly, with various experts assembling in sequence. Be sensitive, helping hands are extremely useful when needed and a bit of a nuisance when surplus to immediate requirement.

12. Everyone needs a break and people do go missing during long wait breaks, but they should enlist a temporary replacement during their absence, or at least be tethered to a mobile phone switched ‘on’ as common courtesy. There is nothing more frustrating to a team leader than a member who goes AWOL. Unfortunately the reputation of those individuals is not easily forgotten.

13. One of the finer points is to say thank you, be thankful and let your team and supporters know that they are appreciated. If you are genuine, it is perceived as such.

The other side of fundraising events is the marketing, contacting sponsors, obtaining donations, gathering gift certificates, procuring door prizes, hosting raffles and silent auctions, and a complete mystery to me best handled by our event partner. Having a great partner is like having a right hand; for maximum efficiency, you need both a right and a left. I’m a believer, so I’m saying we’ve been ‘Blessed’ with a great partner. Nonetheless – for best results managing efficient and effective communication is crucial to success.

One final note is to have a Plan B. It isn’t mandatory to have a completed Plan B, but making notes and keeping options in the back of your head is. At each event something will go wrong at some stage. One year our photographer couldn’t make it, once our key speaker cancelled at the eleventh hour, one year extreme cold with a huge snowstorm slowed everything down, another year our modular display wall got lost in transit never to arrive, and people do become ill at the last minute. So, keep your contacts updated and your relationships healthy.

No matter how well it all turns out, someone will lose their car keys during the cleanup. Cheers! J

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Ecole Holt Couture 2014 Presents – Youtube video trailer

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At EHC we are very fortunate to have talented students with varied skills. ‘You’re Invited’ was created by one such student, Amy Zia, as a light-hearted look at what we do as couturiers! But, don’t be fooled, what we do is highly professional whether for special occasions or to create a functional and personal business wardrobe.

This fashion event is created to help raise awareness and funds for Making Changes Association, who provides hundreds and hundreds of women with functional and appropriate work wardrobes each year. Their clients are all making the effort to re-enter the workforce, and perhaps have few resources to do so.

Making Changes programs include guidance on writing resumes, and networking to gain employment, to those who perhaps may never have had to provide these qualifications before.

The wardrobes that are provided are all donated, recycled, reused, and up-cycled from high quality garments that are either brand new or gently used, giving the garments a new life as well.

So although, EHC teaches the skills to create brand new custom couture made garments, we support, believe in what and how Making Changes not only uses perfectly good clothing as their main program resource, but

More importantly, we support and share their values in how they treat women and teens struggling to improve their life situations, by treating them like family. Almost all of the day to day operations are handled by wonderful volunteers who have time and expertise to share.

You are invited, to attend this event! Just click on ‘buy tickets‘, and join us in supporting this wonderful organization.
Ecole Holt Couture School will also have a booth at the event if you would like to know more about us, and become part of this wonderful highly skilled, hand-made and crafted market!

If you can’t start the video, please copy and paste the URL into your preferred browser! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phgn-NzI-Ls
Enjoy and see you at the event on Sunday November 16th! – cheers J.

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EHC – Calgary Richmond Knob Hill Community ‘business of the month’ October 2014

As we plan and prepare for the fashion event we also sometimes have other news to share. Ecole Holt Couture has been selected as ‘business of the month’ for October, in its home community of Richmond Knob Hill in Calgary.

Ecole Holt Couture’s Founder, Elfriede, has owned and operated her Couture and Tailoring business in this community for 60 years, and 7 of those years as Ecole Holt Couture. The school is well rooted and plans to stick around right where we are.

As with Making Changes Association, EHC’s community partner who we are raising funds for in support of their programs, it is a well rooted organization that has been active in Calgary for over 32 years.

Making Changes Association is one of the few remaining volunteer run organizations with only a handful of full and part-time employees in Calgary. Community donors, corporate retail and service partners along with volunteers help MCA to thrive. Their business model is proven sustainable and still feels like a large family, which is one of the reasons we love to work with them!

This time of year is very exciting for us at Ecole Holt Couture not only because of this annual event, but what the event means to us. We primarily experience working with the volunteers of MCA and witness how this helps others. It also gives our students a chance to expose their skills and talents to others during their school learning experience – not having to wait until they have graduated.

Speaking of Graduation, this is the time for EHC’s presentation to four year graduate’s of their well earned Diploma! Because we are a small school, this is the perfect opportunity to have an official convocation ceremony with like minded individuals who can appreciate what has gone into this award.

Many returning guests of the event may have been following our students for years through this event, and have an insight into their skills and talents ahead of the game.

Hoping that you will consider joining us on Sunday November 16th! Thanks Great News Publishing and Cheers! J

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We Will Remember – Nov 11th

We Will Remember – Nov 11th

We get so caught up with our lives and plans, our commitments, our hopes and dreams, that we forget how it is that we even have the freedom to indulge ourselves in these privileges. It could have been so different if not for the countless who gave up their futures, their hopes and dreams for others, then and today, for us.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem to be enough……Click to watch video “I will remember You – Sarah McLachlan

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Media Release Nov 9, 2011

CALGARY’S ONLY COUTURE FASHION SHOW ELEGANZA

CALGARY, ALBERTA – On Sunday, November 20th, 2011 Ecole Holt Couture
School of Couture Sewing and Design (EHC) will host its elegant fashion event to raise funds for Making
Changes Association’s Walk in Closet Program, by showcasing the flair and style of EHC student work
giving a rare insight into the secret world of couture fashion.
At the Calgary Winter Club, guests will enjoy the ambience of an attractive venue, the remarkable talent
of local musicians such as Sarah Vann with Lisa Jacobs, and Los Morenos. Guests can sip on wonderful
wine and nibbles from the Calgary Winter Club and receive an attractive gift bag.
Guests also have the opportunity to mingle with other fashion aficionados, and have the opportunity to
win a two night stay at the stunning Hidden Springs Retreat Guest House or a two night stay at Rocky
Mountain Accommodations where they know a great vacation means leaving your worries behind, and
bid on great silent auction items from original artwork to one of a kind couture accessories and more!
Once seated guests will experience what Couture fashion is all about by witnessing chic couture
garments modeled on the runway created by the students of Ecole Holt Couture School. Each model will
be made over by the experts from Lava Hair Group and each outfit accompanied by Lia Sophia Jewelry.
Also see some vintage couture garments created by the Founder of EHC, Elfriedé Holtkamp and catch a
glimpse of the couture process from the start to finish in the form of an haute couture silver wedding
gown accompanied by a stunning bouquet from My Day Designs and escorted by a 120lb Bernese
Mountain dog in his couture bow tie and collar. Guests can choose one of two fashions shows starting at
1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $40.
As well as the runway show will be display booths of high end fashion related products and services to
complete the highly personalized look of Couture, and an opportunity to connect with the guests and
EHC students and perhaps get an early opportunity to book an appointment for custom Couture
services. Display booths include Lia Sophia Jewelry, skin care products from Max International, and daily
deals from Smart Betty.
The goal of the fashion show, Eleganza is to increase awareness of this unique Couture fashion school
based in Calgary, Alberta and raise much needed funds for Making Changes Association’s Walk in Closet
Program.

To find out what’s going on at this year’s Calgary Education Fair, visit our Blog at
ecoleholtcouture.wordpress.com, our website at www.couturecalgary.com, our Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ecoleholtcouture and/or our Twitter page @EHCSchool. These pages receive daily
updates on sponsors and what’s happening on the runway.

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CONTACT
Hannelore Ponto
Phone: 403 -244 – 5460
E-mail: media@ecoleholtcouture.com

 

Smoke and Mirrors

Couture vs Labels: Couture

Couture is not only about using quality fabrics, ingenuity of construction but also about the skilled workmanship involved to pull the design altogether. It is of little use to create an elaborate design, and not have the know-how to put it all together, or design something that simply cannot work. I’m not referring to theatrical masterpieces which defy gravity or magically appear to cling to the skin – a neckline that plunges to the navel with double-sided sticky tape preventing complete embarrassment.  This is definitely reserved for theatrics not the office!

Couture creations are for real people in real life. OK, theatre is real life for some on the stage or in the ring, I will give you that. Haute couture items seen on the runway in recent years by the giants of fashion are truly created for theatrical or entertainment value with lesser known fashion houses following that trend. True haute couture was never presented on a runway to appeal to a mass audience. Customers of haute couture were treated to private presentations of designer’s garments to entice those would-be clients into a commission by that designer. So if you too are shaking your head at runway offerings, believe me you are not alone.

However, couture is not reserved only for the rich and famous any longer; nor should it be reduced to a cheap imitation either. Couture is all about personal style, elegance, chic-ness, and yes practicality and authentic high quality.

Our featured couture wedding gown is engineered to hold up, hold on, to walk and to sit in, comfortably. No glue, no smoke and mirrors. Our bride will be wearing her wedding gown all day, and it needs to look and feel perfect all day – not a wrinkled uncomfortable wreck. The inside structure is one of the secrets to its success…

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The couture process takes more time than buying off the rack, is it worth the effort and the patience? Did you know that you are totally unique, that no two individuals are the same shape or proportion! I didn’t say size because size is irrelevant in couture. Sizes are codes invented for mass production representing a statistical average of the buying public, and factory inventory control – so they don’t make all the same size on the production line. Don’t buy into the Size numbers game – it’s a tradition that basically means nothing  except where to find it on the rack.

Even if you are one of the “average” shape and proportion of the general populace, and can buy garments off the rack, each one of you is still unique. For instance, body proportions alter from side to side. It is not uncommon for one side of your front starting from the middle to the side, can be as much as 4cm larger than the other around your waistline. Why? It may be the way you were born, an old injury, or your job. For instance, if you play an instrument like a guitar for many years or carry your toddler on your hip, one hip will stand out further than the other because your body eventually compensates for the lopsided weight it has to carry.

It’s no wonder then that off the rack does not fit you. Most people do not even realize how badly manufactured clothing fits them – they are just used to it. Ex.Why do people keep hiking up their jeans? Besides the obvious answer – ‘so they don’t fall down’, it is because those jeans do not fit properly – and you thought it was just style? I think some individuals just gave up and let their jeans sit where they fell and others copied to be part of the ‘in crowd’.

Eleganza Couture Fashion Fundraiser tickets available at www.couturecalgary.com

November 20th from 1pm to 5pm at the Calgary Winter Club

Two shows: 1pm and 4pm

Come and enjoy the afternoon with Sarah Vann, Lisa Jacobs and Los Morenos, and bid on wonderful prizes!

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