To achieve this goal, we produce an annual print publication showcasing the works of remarkable young creatives through interviews, editorials, and case studies on the future of fashion. This educational project aims to bring together emerging talents and our growing network of established mentors who engage strongly with cultural and social issues, and who understand the importance of investing in the next generation of industry leaders. The print publication resulting from this collaborative effort is launched at an annual fundraiser event and then distributed at cultural centres and libraries around the world.
About the LIGNES DE FUITE Mentoring Program
In partnership with LaSalle College, LIGNES DE FUITE offers mentorship and real-life training to deserving graduates through the process of creating their debut collections. This free 1-year-long mentoring program is composed of three distinct stages culminating in an annual fundraising event.
The backbone of the program are weekly mentoring sessions led by founder of LIGNES DE FUITE, Milan Tanedjikov, and lecturer at École supérieure de mode, ESG, UQAM, and LaSalle College, Celine Chicoine. Both mentors will provide the LIGNES DE FUITE fellows with guidance, structure, and motivation. In addition, during the design process, industry leaders will donate their time to give constructive criticism. LaSalle College will graciously offer the 3 LIGNES DE FUITE fellows access to the school and all their innovative equipment. Besides providing mentoring hours, Lasalle College is also supplying fabric and 500$ worth of expenses per student. Lastly, they will cover the transport cost incurred in competition entry throughout the process. This program has an estimated value of 30 000 $ per student.
The three stages below are meant to facilitate the complex process of launching a debut collection.
Design & Prototyping stage (September - January):
The LIGNES DE FUITE fellows will realize a 5 outfits womenswear, menswear or unisex collection for contemporary fashion-forward individuals who value directional design.
Portfolio stage (January - May):
At this stage the participants are offered a bespoke support for portfolio-submissions of applications for The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards as well as high profile international competitions for fashion students and recent graduates such as International Talent Support, Arts of Fashion Foundation, Hyères Fashion Festival, and the LVMH Graduate Prize.
Market test stage (June - August):
Lastly the designers are guided in the process of merchandising, pricing, and producing a small collection. The end result will be available for purchase at our annual fundraising event.