The White Cashmere Collection is the world’s first and only BT (bathroom tissue) couture collection. Starring topfashion luminaries from across the country, it is a celebration of the softest feeling next to your skin.The collection debuted in 2004 as a showcase for the brilliance of Canada’s fashion designers and their creations in sumptuous cashmere fabric. Now an eagerly-anticipated annual event, the international award-winning collection progressed to Cashmere BT as its fabric after the first two years.The collection further evolved in 2008 to highlight Fashion with Compassion™ and the launch of new, limited-edition Pink Cashmere®, Canada’s first coloured bathroom tissue in a decade. A fund-and-awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, twenty-five cents from the sale of each package goes directly to the Foundation.We invite you to explore the White Cashmere Collection and discover some of Canada’s finest fashion talents designing a future without breast cancer!
Now entering its 10th year, the White Cashmere Collection is a fund- and awareness-raiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Each year select Canadian designers are challenged to design breathtaking creations that have been crafted in 100 percent Cashmere Bathroom Tissue and then send them down the runway.
The Canadian fashion designers participating in this year’s show are: Montreal’s grande dame of fashion Marie Saint Pierre, Canadian design veteran David Dixon, Newfoundland-born Rod Philpott, celebrated Canadian designer Lucian Matis, famed Calgarian Paul Hardy, VAWK‘s Sunny Fong, Montreal’s Joseph Helmer, Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle of Hoax Couture, Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish of Comrags, Montreal’s Anatasia Lomonova, jewelry designer Rita Tesolin, Toronto’s Christopher Paunil, Project Runway Canada veteran Carlie Wong, Vancouver’s Jason Matlo, David Dunkley of KC’s Hats, L’Autre Couture’s Luko Marion, MICALLA’s Camilla Jorgensen, Toronto’s Dylan Uscher, Montreal’s Duy Nguyen and Canadian fashion’s Renaissance man Farley Chatto.
Also announced, Farley Chatto will return to his role as curator of The White Cashmere Collection. The 2013 White Cashmere Collection will make its runway debut before an invitation-only audience on Wednesday September 25th at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
I was thrilled to be selected to design for the 10th anniversary of the Cashmere Collection. Life gets away from each and everyone of us. Our day to day drama sometimes blinds us to the real challenges our family, neighbours and even strangers face day to day. As a fashion designer, breast cancer hits hard because so much of socities’ idea of feminism is wrapped in a women’s bust. The struggle of designing a dress made out of bathroom tissue cannot equate to the reality of living life without a breast but they tie together because in both cases neither of us will give up. We find a way to make it through but making it through in a regal way. My Cocia (Aunt) Donna has breast cancer and designing for White Cashmere is a small thing I can do to show how beautiful women are regardless what cancer tries to do to them.
For the 10th anniversary of the White Cashmere Collection we were asked to pick a world celebration and design around it. I chose Carnival. To me, the voice of femininity rings clear and strong in the samba beat. For those that are not fashion people, I used a rabbit to punch out circles of bathroom tissue. A rabbit is iron weight that designers use to hold down fabric and punch out holes in patterns. I ended up cutting 10,300 circles of bathroom tissue that size of a nickel to make my sequin Carnival dance costume.
With my love to Cocia Donna.