January 20th carried with it one of the balmiest days of the new year as well as the incredible student-run Ryerson fashion event, INTRO, held at the Sears Atrium on campus that Saturday night. Opening its doors at 6:30PM sharp, viewers were welcomed into an intimate, modern space accented by dark marble flooring, potted greenery and lit with strategically placed spotlights. It was surprising to learn that over one hundred people were so comfortably seated within the room (more chairs actually had to be brought out) and that, with seating snaking around the runway in a curving S-shape, everywhere was an established front-row seat.
The event was put on to showcase first-year Fashion Communication and Design student’s work and to give them a platform to showcase diversity in the fashion world through the creation of plus and petite-sized dresses.
Brittany Paty—the VP of Content for the show—stated that their team had initially been working on the logistics of the show since the previous summer. “Typically INTRO happens first semester but we decided [a] different take on it. We wanted to go for that approach where it’s the intro: it’s the beginning of the new winter semester, it’s the new year [and] everyone feels refreshed after the new year.”
When the show began right on schedule at 7PM, the music was loud, invigorating and energetic—much like the first-year daywear dress designs that graced the runway itself. Their collared-compositions featured button-front closures, contrasting fabrics, intricate dart and seam placements, asymmetrical hemlines, impeccable draping, embellishments and so much more. This was one of the strongest batches of first year work that’s been seen from INTRO to date and it was all executed without a hitch.
Switching into multiple different looks throughout the show, Emma Stevenson, a model who walked the runway and was scouted professionally from it shorty afterwards, was happy to share her experience. “It was really cool to be a part of something that was so interesting and all about the diversity of the fashion other then [its] exclusivity…this is a really nice opportunity for somebody who’s plus-size or different or out from [the typical fashion standard] and have them feel more included in the fashion world.”
Overall, this was an incredible production for everyone involved and it continues to prove just how talented those here at Ryerson University truly are. Here's to another great semester and another great way to start the year off right.
Written by: Katie Ferreira
Photography by: Nakosi Hunter