Blending London fashion with Canada's West at Calgary's Chinook Centre

Eliza Faulkner was in for some culture shock when she arrived in London to attend fashion school.

Then 19, the Canadian designer was accepted to the prestigious Central Saint Martins arts university and found the city just a tad different from the Vancouver Island community she’d left behind.

“It’s definitely a different way of life there,” said Faulkner, who immersed herself in London’s cultural and fashion scenes during the five years she lived there.

“I was exposed to arts in a way that I’d never been before. It was an eye-opening experience. They really respect fashion there. North America, in general, is a bit more fun and frivolous with fashion. But in London it’s considered an art form so there’s a lot more support and admiration for it.”


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