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Antonio
Antonio Azzuolo
Born in Montreal to an Italian family, Antonio Azzuolo attended Ryerson University in Toronto where he received a BAA in apparel design, specializing in men's tailoring.

After graduation, Azzuolo won first place in the menswear category at the prestigious "Festival des Jeunes Stylistes de Hyères." For the next ten years, he cultivated his proficiency for design by working at Hermés, Kenzo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Items from his collections in Paris were selected by the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Palais du Louvre to be a part of the permanent collection. In 2011, Antonio was selected as a finalist for the CFDA / VogueFashion Fund, and nominated for The FGI Men's Apparel rising star award. Most recently, he was been nominated for The CFDA Swarovski Menswear Designer of The Year Award.
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Steven
Steven Tai
A self-professed bookworm, Vancouver-born Steven Tai's unique blend of intellect and irony presents a refreshingly new take on the woman who stands confidently apart from the mainstream. With a BA in Fashion Design from London's Central St Martins, Steven worked at top design houses including Viktor & Rolf and Stella McCartney before debuting his own label in 2012.
His quirky collection of innovative textiles combined with a celebration of the awkward caught the eye of Yohji Yamamoto, who awarded him the inaugural Chloe award at the 2012 Hyeres Festival. Sponsored by Mercedes Benz, he went on to present this collection during Berlin Fashion Week where he received international recognition for his self-confident and endearing take on the nerd.

Now in his fourthseason, Steven Tai returns to Canadian soil where he will present his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at Toronto's The ShOws.
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Bellavance
Bellavance
Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama met on their first day at Parsons the New School for Design. Three years later the duo founded Bellavance after winning the inaugural Made for Peroni Young Designer Award.

The duo debuted their Fall/Winter 2013 Collection at Milk Studios in February 2013, and the collection was bought exclusively by Opening Ceremony.

The aim of Bellavance is to make clothing that is approachable as well as aspirational, with a foundation in the ongoing dialogue of American Sportswear. Bellavance is concise in execution, yet aesthetically in flux.
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Kaelen Haworth
KAELEN
Kaelen Haworth is a Canadian living in and running her eponymous label in New York City. While attending Parsons, The New School for Design, Kaelen interned for Jenni Kayne, Stella McCartney and lingerie brand, The Lake & Stars.

One year after graduating, KAELEN launched with a collection shown during New York Fashion week in 2010. Designing from a minimalist perspective with a focus on subtle details, KAELEN seeks to combine the traditional and the innovative, exploring the dichotomies of masculine and feminine, classic and modern. KAELEN strives to create pieces that are at once intelligent, archival and treasured.

In 2014, Kaelen was selected as 1 of 10 designers in the CFDA’s {FASHION INCUBATOR} Class 3.0. Her idols include Tilda Swinton, Jeff Bridges and Joan Didion. Point Break, Overboard and The Great Outdoors are some of her favorite movies. She is in love with almost all music, excluding crossover country-pop.
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Alexandra
Alexandra Palmer
NORA E. VAUGHAN FASHION COSTUME CURATOR
WORLD CULTURES, TEXTILES & COSTUME
ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

Dr. Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator, Textiles & Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). She received her BA in Art History from the University of Toronto (1979); her MA in Costume and Textiles from New York University, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1981); and her PhD in Design History from the University of Brighton (1994).

In 1996, she joined the ROM were she is responsible for the collection of western fashionable dress and textiles and has curated several exhibitions including Elite Elegance: Couture Fashion in the 1950s (2003). Dr. Palmer is also Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Fine Art.

Alexandra Palmer has contributed to international museum catalogues, including The Golden Age: Haute Couture 1947 - 1957, Victoria & Albert Museum (2007); RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion, Benaki Museum (2007); Christian Dior et le Monde, Musée Dior à Granville (2006); and Un Secolo di Moda, Villa Medici (2003). She has edited and authored chapters in Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion (2005), and Fashion: A Canadian Perspective (2004). She has contributed to The Oxford Companion to Canadian History (2004) and to a wide range of scholarly books including La Moda in Canada (2008), Exploring Contemporary Craft, History, Theory & Critical Writing (2002), Framing Our Past: Constructing Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century (2001), and The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking(1999).

Dr. Palmer is also Exhibition Editor for the Journal of Fashion Theory. Her book Couture & Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s (2001) won a Clio Award for Ontario history, and her most recent book, Dior: A New Look, A New Enterprise 1947 – 57, V&A Publications (2009) the 2010 Millia Davenport Publication Award. She is currently working on a new project, Recouperating Fashion 1700-2000, funded by the Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada.