BRIT-A-PORTER: FABRIC FORAY

Byline: Brian Dunn

MONTREAL — In an effort to promote British fabrics to Canadian apparel manufacturers, the British Consulate-General here put together Brit-a-Porter.
About 18 British textile mills donated wool and linen fabrics that resulted in 37 designs by LaSalle College students, who showed their creations at a judged fashion show.
“We want people to be aware of the quality and design of U.K. textiles,” said Stephanie Murphy, the consulate-general’s commercial attache. “We’re hoping to get more Montreal designers to use more British fabric.”
The Brit-a-Porter show was a follow-up to the Defi a l’Anglais fashion show held here in 1998, which featured the works of six British designers who also gave a workshop at LaSalle College.
“The experience was so successful that we decided to get the students involved in designing their own pieces,” said Murphy.
There were three winners selected from the 37 outfits. First prize was a British Airways round-trip ticket to London and about $320 spending money, awarded for a white linen top and skirt designed by student Duy Cuong Nguyen. The fabric was supplied by Spence Bryson Linens of Belfast.
Runners-up An-Hop Hoang and Chin-Lin Wang won watches for their women’s jackets, made of wool supplied by Fox Bros. & Co. Ltd., Somerset, and Holland & Sherry Ltd., Peebles.