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Three of Canada’s top designers share their favourite pieces ever

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Paul Hardy

Joeffer Caoc

Wayne Clark

 

Fall 2003
Paul Hardy

This was from the first show Paul Hardy did in LA. It was nothing short of a miracle to show there, he says, and the collection was inspired by a miracle. His first write up in WWD was a result of this collection.

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Fall 2004
Paul Hardy

This collection was shown in NY at Bryant Park. The gown was hailed as Oscar-worthy by the NY Post and by Stylist Philip Bloch

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Fall 2005: “The Chronicles of Narnia” – Finale gown
Paul Hardy

Hand painted/ embroidered silk organza. Hardy says this show was special because his friend Heather Marks came to model for him.

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Fall 2006 Collection: “Grave Deliverance”
Paul Hardy

This season was one of my most profound for Paul Hardy, because it was reflective of his personal state of mind and a renewed direction he had taken in life.

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Spring 2006: “The emancipation of the Icelandic ghost pirates”
Paul Hardy

The evening wear was made from coated linens, cottons, mixed with silk chiffons/tulles. The grey skirt is ruched with drapery tape, and the lace suede is laser cut.

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Spring 2007: The Poppy Dress
Paul Hardy

This silk taffeta dress was originally designed for the special issue for FLARE and became a catalyst for the spring line. The flowers are hand airbrushed to give a realism to the flower.

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Fall 2006: Maria gown
Joeffer Caoc

This crinkle tulle gown is a perfect example of Joeffer Caoc’s design style; the meticulous fit and tailoring of the bodice provides a striking contrast to the organic crinkled and tucked organza layers which actually developed accidentally as the design was nearing completion.

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Spring 2007: Bias-cut Grace topper
Joeffer Caoc

This piece showcases Joeffer Caoc’s tailoring techniques in that the shimmer silk jacket is structured yet feminine, and there is soft volume that does not appear bulky.

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Spring 2001: Stripe chiffon Daria dress
Joeffer Caoc

Inventive, carefully engineered construction is seen in this silk chiffon dress. The slip supports the outer layers of the dress which consist of a 5 separate triangles cut from the same pattern piece. A beautiful multi-directional striped effect is achieved by layering the triangular fabric pieces.

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Spring 2005: Paradise dress
Joeffer Caoc

This silk chiffon, silk jacquard dress is an example of Joeffer Caoc’s signature draping techniques which creates a dress that is whimsical yet very sexy and wearable.

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Fall 2005: Gabrielle blouse
Joeffer Caoc

This silk organza blouse is a good example of Joeffer Caoc’s passion for unconventional seaming designed to flatter the female form. These multi-seamed pieces are a signature look throughout the Joeffer Caoc collections.

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1977: Dancing at the disco
Wayne Clark

This dress is what made Wayne Clark a star! It was created for a Canadian Fashion Association showcase, where he was invited to participate as an associate designer to include two gowns. After this dress, he became a full fledged member of the CFA.

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Fan
Wayne Clark

This was an experiment – it was the first time Wayne Clark played with the volume of a sleeve.

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Fall 1981: Style 303
Wayne Clark

This dress was a sensation – each month, a boatload of polyester georgette would arrive from Asia to make more. This dress sold thousands of units. Everyone had one.

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1982: Karen Baldwin
Wayne Clark

Karen Baldwin wore Wayne Clark when she won Miss Universe.

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