Fashion student looks forward to promising future

By Jessica Filoso

Mitchell Gilroy sewing in one of his fashion classes (photo Jessica Filoso).

Fashion student Mitchell Gilroy recently returned to Halifax from the Canada’s Breakthrough Designers event in Montreal to find a Facebook post on his wall from Lisa Drader-Murphy, owner of Turbine.

After winning a $2000 scholarship and having his garment showcased in Montreal Fashion Week, Gilroy will be getting much more attention in the future, particularly from Drader-Murphy.

“Perhaps Turbine could use an assistant designer in the near future,” Drader-Murphy wrote on Gilroy’s Facebook wall.

Gilroy has been noticed, whether it was through providing help and volunteering with his school, the Center for Arts and Technology, or having his rouge and red themed garment featured in a Montreal Fashion Week show.

Mitchell Gilroy talks about his time
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“I’ve had my eye on him for a while,” said Drader-Murphy.

From being one of 138 event entries to being in the top five, Gilroy’s hard work paid off, and got him attention from a well-known Halifax designer.

“It’s an incredibly supportive community — that’s the best way to describe it. Everyone wants to see you do well, and everybody will help you get there,” said Gilroy about the world of fashion in Halifax.

With the fashion industry growing in Halifax, Drader-Murphy said that there are many emerging designers, and Gilroy is one of them. She thinks that giving him the opportunity to work for her company in the beginning stages of his career would give Gilroy the experience needed to later be on his own.

Gilroy is currently working on his final collection of menswear in the last 30 weeks of his program.

“I focus on wearability, without disregarding concept, or inspiration altogether. I like to do athletic kind of simple pieces,” said Gilroy.

“He has a great attitude. He is so likeable, so smart, and so talented. That attitude is going to open the doors and keep them open,” said Drader-Murphy.