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Media release: VCC’s 30th anniversary of Fiat Mode to be held at VFW

Posted on September 15, 2017

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Community College (VCC) is celebrating 30 years of fashion at Fiat Mode by showcasing the incredible talent, creativity and skills students have developed through experiential training at VCC. On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. graduates from VCC’s fashion arts diploma program will showcase their collections on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week (50 E. Pender St, Vancouver).

“The creativity and energy witnessed each year at VCC’s annual graduate fashion show captures Coco Chanel’s belief that fashion goes well beyond clothing. It’s about expressing individuality. It’s about being in tune with one’s environment. It’s about taking an idea, using technical know-how, and turning a concept into something concrete,” said Sarah Murray, co-program coordinator, fashion. “We’re proud of our grads and it’s thrilling for us to share their hard work and creativity.”

Nine students will showcase their men’s and women’s wear collections to a crowd of 500 fashionistas, media outlets, industry representatives, and proud family and friends.

“We are delighted to complete 30 years of Fiat Mode on such a high,” said Andrea Korens, co-program coordinator, fashion. “The collections this season feature detailed and intelligent design, often highlighted with hand embroidery and surface design elements.”    

VCC's fashion arts program ran from 1986-2017 and has graduated students like Sports Illustrated swimsuit designer Anna Kosturova and those who have gone on to work for major brands like Arcteryx and Aritzia. In 2016, VCC launched a new fashion design & production diploma program in response to the needs of the fashion industry and to ensure VCC students continue to be the most sought after graduates. These students will be recognized and celebrated under a new banner succeeding Fiat Mode in 2018. 

Fiat Mode 30 is open to the public. Tickets are available at

Photo and interview opportunities available on-site post-show:

Date: Wednesday, September 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Fashion Week Media Lounge (Upstairs at the Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 E. Pender St.)
More info:

To RSVP for the show and for interview opportunities and high resolution photos, please contact:

Sarah Murray
Program Coordinator Fashion, Recruitment and Industry Relations
Vancouver Community College
604.871.7000, ext. 8668

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VCC has been inspiring students to reach their career and educational goals for over 50 years. We offer post-secondary training in over 120 programs including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, certificates and apprenticeships. With three campuses located on Broadway, Downtown and on Annacis Island, students can choose from hands-on instruction in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades and music.