Jennifer Rempel's line of strong woman evening wear is just about read to roll for this Saturday's CATO fashion show. It will be her final class project before graduating this month.

CATO student puts fashion design program to the test

Move over leather and lace, fashion designer Jennifer Rempel’s silky orange and chartreuse gowns pack a bold woman’s leathery punch in a silky traditional exterior.

Move over leather and lace, fashion designer Jennifer Rempel’s silky orange and chartreuse gowns pack a bold woman’s leathery punch in a silky traditional exterior.

“It’s my vision of a strong woman,” says Rempel, who has designed a clothing line to showcase everything she’s learned in her 24-month fashion design and merchandising program at the Centre for Arts and Technology.

The line features leather belts and necklines mixed with more traditional evening gown fabrics and should catch the eye of prospective clients as she launches a career designing clothes right here in Kelowna upon graduation.

Showcasing this weekend, Rempel’s fellow fashion design students will partner with CATO’s event planning students to host an event that both illustrates their talents and helps others develop the same.

Using a silent auction to collect bids, the students will raise money for bursaries future students can use to supplement their education, placing clothing from a number of local shops on the auction block after showcasing each look on stage.

The show is divided into two sections—one highlighting local clothing shops’ wares and one highlighting the fashion students’ own designs.

On display will be items from Frakas, Influence, Raw’69 Athletics and Asphault Shoes. Local dancers will also provide entertainment.

Tickets for A Fashionable Autumn are $25 available through Select Your Tickets at or phone 250-762-5050.

The show is at Kelowna Community Theatre; doors open at 6:30 p.m.



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