Local Designer MGHN Receives Inaugural Optical Boutique Scholarship at Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

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Debut fashion collection showcases at Vancouver Fashion Week and wins inaugural scholarship from the Optical Boutique

Local fashion designer MGHN was the recipient of an inaugural scholarship awarded last month at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) Fall/Winter 2018 by Sue Randhawa of The Optical Boutique. MGHN is the creative brand of Meghan Buckley, an alumni of Vancouver Community College (VCC).

Sue Randhawa is a notable Vancouver Fashion Week attendee and an advocate for self-expression through fashion. “I’m so impressed with the talent coming out of our city,” Sue announced. “I believe that you should go after your dreams, buck the system, do what you want to do. Congratulations Meghan, you deserve it.”

Sue surprised Buckley right after she showcased MGHN’s debut collection, I N I T I A L S. “I was shocked when Sue announced my name,” said Buckley. “Fashion Week can be overwhelming for a newcomer, so her words of encouragement meant a lot to me. I hope I can live up to them with the next collection.”

Buckley graduated from VCC’s Fashion Arts Diploma program after having first completed a BA in Psychology at UBC. This background has given her a unique perspective, which often includes exploring the forces at work behind our thoughts and behaviours through visual or constructional elements.

With her new creative brand MGHN, Buckley takes a visually minimal and androgynous approach to design, striving to achieve both material and emotional comfort regardless of gender. “To me, clothing doesn’t need to be complex to be fashionable,” says Buckley “It’s also important the clothes are compelling without needing to fit into traditional gender confines, which can seem outdated.”

MGHN’s debut collection, I N I T I A L S, showcased the brand's core design trademarks of oversized silhouettes, clean lines, and contrasting pop elements. The pieces took inspiration from the playful yet coherent style of team sportswear and recreational attire. Using repetitive motifs and consistent shapes, I N I T I A L S created a personal “uniform”, providing a base on which to consider the ideas of a changing identity and the isolating nature of self-doubt.

With the scholarship and Sue’s encouragement fresh in her mind, Buckley is already hard at work
on the next MGHN collection. “I’m excited to see how the brand’s aesthetic will evolve,” said Buckley. “I think the best is still to come.”

A graduate of VCC’s Fashion Arts Diploma Program, Meghan Buckley presented her graduation collection at VFW SS16 in September 2015. The collection, entitled Capsule, earned her a nomination at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) for its 2016 Fashion Design Student Award, recognizing an exceptional graduation collection. She has now launched, and is designing under, her own brand MGHN.

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Vancouver Fashion Week is celebrating its 18th year and 31st season. Focusing on creating a diverse and eclectic showcase of talented local and international designers, VFW propels featured designers and esteemed brands to the forefront of fashion media and to industry buyers. This runway event is one of the fastest growing fashion weeks in the world, and since 2001, Vancouver Fashion Week has acted as a stepping-stone for emerging designers to launch their creations into the fashion industry in hopes of one day appearing on the stages of London, Paris, Milan, and New York.

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