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On October 2 at Kingwest Fitness, Art of Fashion held their 12th annual design competition and trunk show. The competition gives 10 up-and-coming Canadian designers the chance to showcase six unique garments interpreting the show's theme, La Belle Epoque, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and gain valuable industry exposure. The judges results for most promising designer as well as the results from the public vote for best exhibit will be announced in coming weeks. Text by Laura Serra, photos by JJ Thompson.

Finalist Stephanie Mahseredjian

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Michelle Planche, president of Art Of Fashion

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Display by Amber Watkins, one of the designer finalists for the competition. The competition gives 10 up-and-coming Canadian designers the chance to showcase six unique garments interpreting the show’s theme, La Belle Epoque, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and gain valuable industry exposure

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Display by Natalia Cuervo, one of the designer finalists for the competition. The competition gives 10 up-and-coming Canadian designers the chance to showcase six unique garments interpreting the show’s theme, La Belle Epoque, with the opportunity to win cash prizes and gain valuable industry exposure

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Competition judge Farley Chatto, designer and regional director for Fashion Group International

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Competition judge Melissa Austria, co-owner of GOTSTYLE menswear store

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Finalist Corinne Monique

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Ashlie Demeo and Daniel Andres

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Tania Galovic (left) and Dejana Savic

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Vanessa Sheriff and Anthony Simba

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Julie Buczkowski (left) and Angela Pastor

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Brittany O'Donnell and Gavin Reynolds

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Pauline Lam and Stanley Choy

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Yessica Nio and Rama Luksiarto

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