Irene Stickney www.knowdresscode.com Rating: NNNNN
Fourth-year Ryerson fashion student Irene Stickney hasn’t waited till graduation to throw herself into the style scene. Between design crits and studio deadlines, she found time to launch the KnowDressCode design collective, contribute to TorontoStreetFashion.com and show at Alternative Fashion Week.
Her final school collection will be presented at the Mass Exodus show April 8 and 9. It includes a narrow-channel down coat made with over 200 pattern pieces, and a dress with quilted shoulder panels inspired by gory Dario Argento horror films and designers c-neeon and Matthew Ames.
Stickney claims her forward grouping is safer than usual in order to appease market-conscious profs. She’ll be free to blow us away with unlimited force after a year off planned to develop her art-to-wear aesthetic.