Mass Exodus – meet the young women behind Ryerson's BIG fashion show: Hillary Sampliner

Fourth Year Fashion Design, Presenting Ruth Weil by Hillary Sampliner

by Elli Stuhler

Most valuable thing you’ve learned at Ryerson?
Aside from learning the basics of pattern making, construction and business, I have learned that most of the time, life is not fair. Sadly, this is an important lesson to learn when you are in such a competitive industry like fashion.  

Best spot in Toronto to shop?
My favorite place to hit up after long day in the fashion lab is Kensington Market for their many vintage (and cheese) shops. Another great place for some vintage shopping is Ossington and Queen.  

Favourite hangout spot on campus and why?
The lab is has become our second home, so it has become the main hangout place on campus for us fashion students. We love the lab because it is full of familiar faces, laughter, and love.

Having only one guy in the program allows for some heavily estrogen-ated and inappropriate conversations that may or may not exploit men’s sexuality. 

Leading up to this show must be pretty stressful. What was the most grueling aspect of it?
The last 5 months have been tough but totally worth it when you see the collections come together. The most grueling aspect of it would have to be the late nights that frequently become all-nighters; luckily we are never alone in the lab because there is always someone who has more work to do.   

How do you de-stress in Mass Ex Madness?
We do what most normal people do, go out, get drunk and silly, and let loose. Because we have been pent up in the lab for so long we get REAL silly, so watch out!  

What’s the first thing you plan on doing once all of this is over?
Get on a plane and go to China! 

Do your parents like your designs?
I am very lucky because my parents have been very supportive of my career choice. In fact, my mother is pretty excited about being able to wear the clothes once Mass Ex is over, now she just has to find a red carpet event to go to.   

If you could design an outfit for a dead celebrity who would it be?
No question, it would have to be Audrey Hepburn. 

What would you dress him/her in? Do you think it would be an improvement?
I don’t think Audrey needs any help getting dressed, but I would love to see her in one of my gorgeous gowns. 

Who is your number one style inspiration?
Dior’s new look from 1948 right up until modern Dior designed by Galliano amazes and inspires me season after season. I am pretty obsessed.  

How would you describe your own personal style?
My style incorporates vintage elements with a modern sensibility. I like to mix my own designs with vintage jackets, shoes and accessories, but most importantly, I love pearls and wear them with everything!  

What is your fashion dream job?
Eventually I would love to start my own line of clothing so look out for RUTH WEIL designs in the near future!   

Is your future in Toronto?
I do not know where I will end up, but Toronto will always be my home base. I would love to travel as much as possible and see as much of the world as I can to gain experience and get inspiration. 

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