What has become an institution in the Vancouver Goth scene, humbly began ten years ago as the vision of design school grad, Miriam Melanson. Looking to take her love of fashion and talent for crafting to the next level, Melanson launched Flaming Angels, a line of clothing and accessories that exuded an aura of both purity and mystery. A decade later, the craft seamstress is applying her passion for fashion in a new venue вЂ“ as a fashion instructor at Vancouver College of Art and Design (VCAD).
вЂњI have always had an interest in fashion and especially handicrafts and sewing. All the women on my motherвЂ™s side of the family sew,вЂќ says Melanson. вЂњMy decision to become a designer happened when I was in grade 10, and I launched Flaming Angels while I was still in design school.вЂќ
Since its inception, Flaming Angels has grown and evolved, now featuring home furnishings as well as clothing and accessories. Staying relevant and successful as an independent designer isnвЂ™t easy, but Melanson believes starting off with proper skills training can boost a designerвЂ™s longevity.
вЂњAttending a well rounded fashion program like those offered at VCAD will give anyone the tools and foundation skills needed for a career in the fashion industry,вЂќ advises Melanson. вЂњDesigners also need drive, ambition and perseverance.вЂќ
Students at VCAD receive hands-on training from instructors like Melanson who work in the fields they teach, passing along the most relevant and current information. Those interested in pursuing a career in fashion can register at VCAD in the Fashion Design or Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion program.