White Rock designer combines function and fashion

KPU’s Kylee Gill showed her designs on April 24 in Richmond. - Contributed photo
KPU’s Kylee Gill showed her designs on April 24 in Richmond.
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A budding White Rock fashion designer is focusing on plans for the future after showcasing her work at the annual Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion show.

Kylee Gill, who recently graduated from KPU’s four-year fashion design and technology program, designed her line, Trinity Apparel, with three charitable organizations in mind.

“I found, through research, that a lot of girls are involved with The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, One More Generation and The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, so I developed a line that would help them volunteer and work with those charities,” Gill said, noting that the line is designed for eight to 12-year-old girls.

For example, one of her pieces, The Shoreline Jacket, has sleeves with draw cords that create a pulley system, allowing volunteers who are picking up garbage on the shore to cover their hands with the cuff, but keep sleeves out of the way so they can work.

“It’s all about having functional features that they can use realistically that is also long-lasting and high quality,” the 21-year-old said. “It really grows with the kids, too, because it’s such a sensitive age range and they grow so fast.”

Gill – along with 36 of her peers – showcased her work April 24 at KPU’s annual fashion show at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, which featured the final projects of the fourth-year students.

She explained that while the idea for the line has been in her heart for years, the four years with the program helped bring it to fruition.

“They helped us hone our niche market,” she said. “When I was that age, I found a lot of difficulty finding clothes that would fit me and that’s what kind of geared me towards this. As I got older, I realized it wasn’t just me, there is a huge market that needs age-appropriate, fun and functional clothes that they can be proud to wear.”

Now that she has presented her collection, Gill is focusing on what comes next. The Elgin Park grad will be looking for employment in her field, but noted that launching a collection will be something she plans to work towards.

“It’s definitely a pipeline dream of mine,” she said. “But I think for now, it’s all about getting to hone my skills better and work on all the things I’ve been taught.

“I hope to find a home with a Vancouver company that matches that corporate and social responsibility I’m looking for.”



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