Mass Exodus – meet the young women behind Ryerson's BIG fashion show: Whitney McMeekin

Fourth Year Fashion Communications, Presenting her Thesis at the Mass Ex Reception 

 

by Elli Stuhler

Most valuable thing you’ve learned at Ryerson?
The importance of professionalism in succeeding…It’s not just about what you wear or whom you know, you need a real passion for what you create to be somebody.

 Best spot in Toronto to shop?
 
My favourite vintage store, Tribal Rhythm on Queen street. 

Favourite hangout spot on campus and why?
Always in the fashion over floor lab because I feel better when surrounded by people who are just as stressed out as me. Or, NOT at school!

 What did you do for mass ex this year?
 
I completed my thesis, which was based on the importance that literature has played on influencing fashion. I explored the worlds we transport to when immersed in a book and the way we reference our childhood in our everyday style. By drawing from my own literary inspirations, I styled and photographed ten photo shoots based on my favourite book characters. My final project is displayed in a book I designed, and I hope to display the effect that books have on developing our creativity and imagination. 

After planning Mass Ex last year, will it be weird seeing the whole production once again?
Yeah, kind of. I’m excited to see it. It was a really fun experience working on it and of course everyone will hold a special place in their heart for their own…but I know they’ll pull of a great show! Plus, this year I’ll get to see the designers coming out of my year, which is exciting because I’ve gotten to know them.

 

If you could design an outfit for a dead celebrity who would it be?
 
Audrey Hepburn, always. 

What would you dress him/her in? Do you think it would be an improvement?
She needs no improvement, so I would dress her in all her old clothes…which I would hopefully be able to find…and then keep.

 

Who is your number one style inspiration?
 
Audrey for the classics, Erin Fetherston for now.

 How would you describe your own personal style?
 
Inspired by the past, romantic, feminine, quirky and lovely. 

What is your fashion dream job?
To work as a wardrobe or costume stylist, open my own vintage and antiques store and to make beautiful things for the rest of my life!

 Is your future in Toronto?
 
I’m looking forward to travelling over the next few years, but ultimately see myself staying in Canada. I want to do the things I love and be around the people I love.   

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