21 May 2014


The Spring Fashion Show is at our heels and the studio is abuzz with activity. Under a week until the big day! Looking forward to showing off these amazing creations to family and friends. Send all the good vibes you can – we’ve got a lot to do!


18 November 2013

Christian Dior

Christian Dior was born in Granville, Normandy, France and was the second of five children. When he was five years old, his family moved to Paris. His family wanted him to be a diplomat however he wanted to be an artist. To make money, he sold fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents each. In 1928, he dropped out of school to open a small art gallery with a friend, funded by his parents where they sold Picasso’s artwork. Three years later, the gallery closed when his family’s fertilizer company went bankrupt and could no longer fund him. In 1940, Dior went to war until 1942 when he left the army and worked for Lucien Lelong where he made dresses for Nazi officer’s wives and French collaborators. When the war ended, Dior decided to open his own fashion house on December 8, 1946. His collection was released in 1947 and it was called Corolle which means a circlet of flower petals. He released a perfume called Miss Dior to go along with the designs. Dior’s new take on fashion revolutionized the industry and made Paris the hub of fashion once again. Some of his most significant moments include when he released his first lipstick, called Rouge Dior, in 1953, when he made the cover of Time magazine in 1957, when he created his first masculine scent, Eau Sauvage, in 1966, when he released Baby Dior in 1967, and the creation of the Lady Dior handbag, which Princess Diana took with her everywhere. Unfortunately, he died in 1957 from unknown causes. Now, in 2013, Dior is still extremely successful with their variety of products including purses, makeup, clothing and accessories. It is currently being designed by Raf Simons, and ahas been since April 2012, and the most recent collections are Espirit Dior and Impressions Dior.

The Dior webpage: http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/the-house-of-dior/from-1947-to-2013

Some images:


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9 November 2013

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born on the 19th of August 1883 in Saumur, France, and died on the 10th of January 1971 in Paris, France. Coco was a french designer and is the founder of the brand “Chanel”.   Coco’s aesthetic was jewellery, hand bags, clothes and perfume.  She was the only fashion designer to appear on the Time Magazine’s “100 most influential people of the 20th century”.  Coco’s company “Chanel” is a company that produces and designs clothes, perfume, skin care products and jewellery.  Coco eliminated corsets from women’s fashion and used “jersey” to make a new, more comfortable “corset”. We think that Coco has very unique designs and that she is a great designer. Some of her most famous designs are:

The Chanel Suit

The Little Black Dress

The Chanel Bag

Here are some pictures:





Here is the link to the Chanel site: http://www.chanel.com/en_CA/
By Corinne & Abby♥
28 August 2013


Our last Summer session has almost come to a close (only one more class!) then it’s back to school and back to reality.  But not to worry, we have a bunch more classes coming up this Fall beginning September 24!

RSOF Fall 2013 Schedule:

  • Tuesdays after school: 4 pm – 7 pm (September 24-December 10)
  • Thursdays after school: 4 pm – 7 pm (September 26-December 12)
  • Saturday mornings: 9 am – 12 pm (September 28 – December 14)*
  • Saturday afternoons: 1 pm – 4 pm (September 28 – December 14)*

As each class is only open to 4 students at a time, early registration is recommended.

*No class over Thanksgiving weekend

Fall Fashion Show — December 17th, 7pm



If you’re new to the school and want to learn a little more about the program, the studio, the director, etc. we will be hosting 2 open houses in September:

  • Thursday September 12, 7pm
  • Thursday September 19, 7pm

Please RSVP to info@rsof.ca to confirm a seat as space is limited.  And if neither of these dates work for your schedule, contact the school to book an appointment at your convenience.

We can’t wait to see what our young designers will come up with next!



28 August 2013


Minimalist fashion is one of our favourite kinds of design here at RSOF.  A.P.C. (the brand we talked about in our last post) is a perfect example of minimalism.  The process of minimalism is breaking things down to its most basic property  which renders the piece to its most simplistic form. In fashion minimalism is perfectly shown when garments are made with clean cut lines and seams. Also what is often noticeable in minimalist fashion is that there aren’t many patterns or designs incorporated into a piece. There are however are few main colours that are always used in minimalist fashion. Colours like: Black,White and Beige. It may seem easy to achieve a minimalist look but it isn’t, minimalism requires an eye for detail (to be able to determine what is essential and nonessential in a piece) and of course an eye for what is stylish! We have three of our favourite minimalist designers that we want to talk about today:



Céline, a luxurious French brand was founded by Céline Vipiana in 1945. The brand is an international luxury goods brand that is owned by LVMH (a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate). Céline began out as a children’s shoe business that expanded into making women’s shoes and accessories. Their ready-to-wear line came out in 1960. Céline Vipiana was the designer of the brand until 1997. That’s when Michael Kors came in to be the ready-to-wear designer and creative director of the brand. Kors turned things around for the company with “blockbuster accessories”  and a  critically acclaimed ready-to-wear line.  Kors was with Céline until 2004 when he was replaced by Roberto Menichetti.  Menichetti was replaced a year later by Ivana Omazic. In October of 2008 Omazic was replaced by Phoebe Philo. Philo is a British born designer who is currently the creative director at Céline. Philo is also known for her work on the brand Chloé which she left in 2006 (when she was Stella McCartney’s design assistant) to spend more time with her family. Philo helped add “street sensibility” to Stella McCartney’s (the creative director previous to Philo) designs which were popular.  In 2008 Philo was crowned creative director at Céline by LVMH and her work there has been lauded by fashion journalists such as Hamish Bowles, saying Philo had “reinvented the way women dress and transformed a mere house into a fashion cult.”





Jil Sander

Heidemarie Jiline ‘Jil’ Sander was born November,27, 1943. The minimalist German born designer studied at Krefeld and graduated as a textile engineer in 1963. In 1967 she opened her first boutique selling things made by Thierry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel and even a few of her own designs. Finally a year later she founded her own brand, Jil Sander. In 1978 she created her first perfume along with a make-up and accessories. Her sales began increasing  in the 1980’s due to showing her collections in Milan. In 1989 she began opening stores in places like: Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Taipei. In 1999 Prada Group bought a 75% share of her company. In 2000 Sander suddenly resigned as chief designer after having confrontations with Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. The brand began losing lots of money in 2001. Finally in May of 2003 Sander was returned and was rehired as head designer. She showed her new staple designs which were an instant hit with both customers and critics. However in 2004 she ended cooperation with Prada and resigned from her post yet again due to Mr. Bertelli. Finally in February 2012 Sander returned as creative director after Raf Simmons was released from his position as Creative Director.






Raf Simons

Raf Simons was born in Belgium on January,12,1968. He graduated in Industrial Design and Furniture Design in 1991. He  began working as a furniture designer for many galleries, having previously interned at the design studio of Walter Van Beirendonck. In 1991 Van Beirendonck took him to Fashion Week in Paris, where he saw Martin Margiela’s all white show which inspired Simons to begin fashion design. With the help of Linda Loppa the head of the fashion department at Antwerp Royal Academy, Simons trained himself in menswear and launched his label Raf Simons in 1995. In March of 2000 Simons closed his company to take a sabbatical after his Fall-Winter collection. However in 2001 he reopened his company after making a deal with a Belgian manufacturer: Gysemans Clothing Industry. His following collection gained him worldwide popularity. Since 2008 Simons has collaborated Fred Perry, Linda Farrow, and two shoe companies Asics and Adidas. But before that he was appointed creative director on the Jil Sander label(2005) and Christian Dior (2012).