High Tech Millinery El Wire Workshop: November 24th

Try your hand at some high tech hat making – bring your own hat or use ours – we supply the technology.

Hat & EL-Wire kit $50
If you bring your own tie or hat $25 ea

All proceeds go towards the MakeFashion Gala and 2014 designers.

Reserve your spot now!

2014 Designers Announced!

We are excited to announce our designers for the 2014 gala.

The gala runway show celebrating wearable technology will take place in Calgary, AB. Venue TBA. Tickets available December 2013.

Our designers were announced at our launch event. Learn about our 2014 designers here.

MakeFashion 2014 Launch Event

UPDATE: The event has been rescheduled to Tuesday Oct 8th – hope to see you there!

MakeFashion, a collaborative initiative dedicated to exploring the convergence of fashion and technology, is thrilled to announce the 2014 MakeFashion Gala Launch Event.

Designers, artists and performers from Calgary and across the globe who are participating in the January, 2014 Gala and Runway Show will be announced during the cocktail reception. The evening will also feature a silent auction and live performances.

Draws and Prizes
Silent auction
Live Performances
And a great party!

Tickets are $20 and will not be sold at the door. E-mail info@makefashion.ca for tickets or visit our event on facebook here.

MakeFashion Gala: January 2013

New date: Jan 25th 2013

The MakeFashion initiative is a collaboration of great minds who want to demonstrate that the convergence of Technology and Art can result in a form, fashion and community brand new to Calgary. Creativity and innovation are the guiding principles to unit fashion, jewelry and accessories designers with software and hardware engineers. Along with technology enthusiasts, creatives and those that just simply like to engage in cultural experiments – all are invited to participate in the MakeFashion event series.


The MakeFashion Gala is the highlight of the festival, featuring innovative work by local designers.

The event will feature innovative cocktails, exciting performances and a runway show from our designers.

Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/473912079306833/

Tickets available here: http://makefashiongala.eventbrite.com/


2012 Designers

(more information here)

Ferro Fuse: Melissa Skowron and Casey Hughes
The concept of Ferro Fuse is to provide the Calgary community with a new, functional way of interacting with ferrofluid technology – as fashion and art. The properties of the ferrofluid contained within a display vessel, and embedded as part of an ensemble of other fashion designs serves to solidify the connection between art, fashion, and technology.

Maria Orduz
Maria Orduz is a Colombian Born Fashion Designer. She discovered her love for the industry at an early age, often watching international runway shows and attempting some sketches of her own. This love took her to Toronto, where she graduated Top 20 in the Fashion Techniques and Design program at George Brown College.
Maria has been involved in the Calgary fashion scene since 2009 participating in Alberta Fashion Week, Designing for local film “ The Subliminal Rabbit Presents” and “ The Golden Ticket Charity Gala”. She has also been recognized for her participation in “Triumph’s international Inspiration Award” placing Top 10 ( Featured in Elle Canada), Metro News “Wearable Art Contest” ( second place) and has been recognized by Avenue Magazine ( Calgary) as one of the Top 10 Designers to watch. Maria hopes to portray her love for creativity with the MakeFashion Project, creating a beautiful garment with elements foreign to the designer.

Kathryn Blair
Kath has lived all of her life in Calgary except four years she spent in Vancouver studying visual art at the University of British Columbia, and is now spending her days as an arts marketer and her evenings, nights and early mornings as a visual artist. .She likes art because she likes having her mind blown, so she likes exploring ideas that tie her brain in knots, confuse, or fascinate her, and the intersection between technology and art is a great way to do that – so she’s super excited to be part of make:fashion.

Dee Fontans
Dee Fontans is one of your Cultural Ambassadors for Calgary 2012. She has dedicated her working career and life to the development of the arts as a master craftsman, volunteer and educator. Ms. Fontans studied fashion design at Parsons and received her BFA inMetalsmithing at the New York State University. Dee defines herself as an autodidactic polymath and multimedia artist. Project: City Lights – The city lights in the night shine so bright it’s quite the sight. The cocktail dress “City Lights” combines Canadian architecture, art and technology. The dress is an interruption of the light show in the Calgary cityscape.

Laura Dempsey
Laura Dempsey is a designer with a degree in architecture from Dalhousie University and a particular interest in light and its many incredible qualities. She has lived in London (UK), New York, Halifax, and Boston, but is happy to be back in Calgary and to have the opportunity to immerse herself in the city’s vibrant design community. Her previous wearable artworks were presented at the NSCAD Wearable Art Show, where she was awarded the Juror’s Prize.

Angela Dale
Angela Dale is a costume designer with over 25 years of experience working in theatre, film, opera and dance. She is intrigued by the marriage of technology and design and excited about the possibilities this creates.
Project: The “Chameleon Cocktail Dress” and headdress uses LED’s and micro controller technology to create an animated color changing high fashion garment.

Kyle Nylund
Kyle Nylund is a practicing artist and designer working in the Calgary area. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Kyle is very inspired by contemporary fashion and aspects of gender. His work often reflects these influences using a wide variety of materials to create art on the body.

Team Night Envy
Night Envy is committed to producing and providing one of a kind fashion articles that can help the user become the focal point of any party environment. For over a year we have been lighting up parties across the country and now we want to do the same for you!

Make Cocktails 2: Harvest Oct 26th


Come down and support MAKE Fashion with the most tantalizing libations Calgary has ever seen, again. Imbibe with the fashion conscience Calgarians while contributing to this amazing technological cause.


Buy Tickets Here 


DARREN FABIAN & PHILIPPE GRANDBOIS (@Candelacalgary, @Alloydining, @justcocktails, @GboisGroup, @blueshockjobs) will be showcasing Masterful Mixology with amazingly artistic Harvest Cocktails.

Darren and his parents own a fruitful farm that we will be HARVESTING from the week prior to create some amazing creations for you and your palate.

The best part…you get to learn how and do it yourself if you so desire.

Cocktails will all be sold for $5.00 ! (These are valued at $15.00)

Wine will be some amazing bottles from the cellar of CANDELA Restaurant.

Canapes and small bites will be on hand as well to pair with our cocktails from GEOFF ROGERS, our local Chef extrodinaire.

Music will be spun by our favourite DJ JORDY CARRIGAN to keep things moving.

Lastly, the gallery is featuring some amazing art under the “street art” & Graffiti theme for your viewing pleasure.

Come MAKE your mark on the MAKE Fashion Initiative.

Partners in this event will be:

CORBY Distillers,
Digital Alberta,
Exquisite Catering,
Candela Restaurant,
Chelsea Klukas Creative &
Grandbois Group Inc.

Buy Tickets Here 

Images from our first event:


MakeFashion: Save the Date

The make fashion event is approaching!  Save the date in your calendars.


Friday, Nov 9th 2012

Endeavor Arts

*Note – Gala event has been changed from Nov 2nd to Nov 9th!


Also save the date for our next Make Cocktails fundraiser: Oct 26th

Details and ticket sales coming soon.

Make Cocktails Fundraiser August 17th

Order tickets via Eventbrite

Come down and support MAKE Fashion with the most tantalizing libations Calgary has ever seen. Imbibe with the fashion conscience Calgarians while contributing to this amazing cause.

Darren Fabian & Philippe Grandbois (@Candelacalgary, @Alloydining, @justcocktails, @TrueSpiritsImports, @GboisGroup) will be showcasing Molecular Gastronomy & Mixology with 6 amazingly artistic molecular cocktails, along with a few seasonal classics for the less adventurous,

Imagine a full strength Mojito is a single bite, or a “painted” cocktail on edible paper.

The best part…you get to learn how and do it yourself if you so desire.

Cocktails will all be sold for $5.00 ! (These are valued at $15.00)

Wine will be some amazing bottles from the cellar of Alloy Restaurant.

Canape’s and small bites will be on hand as well to pair with our cocktails.

Music will be spun by our favourite local DJ to keep things moving.

We will also have a local Graffiti and Multimedia artist on hand spraying the back walls and offering you an opportunity to do the same.

Lastly, the Gallery is featuring some amazing art under the “street art” theme for your viewing pleasure.

Come MAKE your mark on the MAKE Fashion Initiative.

Partners in this event will be CORBY Distillers, Digital Alberta, Exquisite Catering, Candela Restaurant (Opening in September), Chelsea Klukas Creative & Grandbois Group Inc.

BACK DOOR ACCESS ONLY (Alley) – Passwords will be delivered on the date or with your ticket purchase.


Order your tickets now!

EL Wire workshop

EL Wire Dress, Diana Eng's Fairytale Fashion Show at Eyebeam NYC / 20100224.7D.03492.P1.L1.C23 / SML
EL (Electroluminescent) wire is thin copper wire coated in phosphorus that glows when current is applied to it.  It is used for costuming, decoration and as accent lighting.

EL wire is flexible, comes in many colours and is very easy to use when you learn a few tricks!

We will provide:

  • soldering irons
  • copper tape
  • drivers
  • batteries
  • EL wire in a variety of colours

The workshop will cover cutting, terminating and soldering, as well as methods for attaching it to clothing.

Tickets available here!!

Endeavor Arts
1209 1 St SW
Suite 200
Calgary, AB T2R 0V1
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (MT)

Summer Workshops: Jewellery, Hats & Costumes

MakeFashion has officially launched with three workshops scheduled in July. The workshops are open to the public and offer fun, easy-to-do projects. The workshops do not require any previous experience. Each workshop offers basic materials and projects, but if you have a specific project in mind (want to re-vitalize grandma’s old jewellery or start early on your Halloween costume?)  feel free to bring your ideas and extra materials.

All workshops are held at Endeavor Arts, located centrally at 12th ave and 1st St SW.

*We’re moving the jewelry workshop to Protospace, but will still be meeting at Endeavor at 6pm prior to heading down.

Wed July 4. 6 to 9pm
Jewellery – Hosted by Protospace & Endeavor Arts – $20.00

LED, batteries and a variety of lasercut jewelry kits provided.  Additional kits can be purchased onsite.

Purchase tickets for the jewellery making event. 


Sat July 7. 10am to 1pm
Hats – Hosted by Night Envy & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

Make your own EL Wire hat!
EL Wires, drivers and batteries are provided to get you going.
Hats are provided (one size fits most!) for an additional $10, but if you have a hat you’d like to work on, please bring it!

Purchase tickets for the hat making event.
Sat July 14. 10am to 1pm 
Costume Patches – Hosted by Mike Hermann & Endeavor Arts – $49.00

“Pattern patches”
This shows how you can put fairly complicated EL wire patterns on large patches.
The patches are made from vinyl and backed by velcro. They are intended to be removeable for washing costumes, and are connected electrically to each other. Multiple patches are combined to form a costume. Upper/lower arm, upper/lower leg, torso, shoulders, etc.
EL wire is attached using a standard sewing machine, loaded with lightweight monofilament (fishing line).
EL Wire, driver, battery and patch material provided.

Purchase tickets for the costume patch event.

MakeFashion Launch Party Wrap-Up


The MakeFashion launch party on June 6th was an exciting preview of the upcoming festival as well as a dialogue on the future and relevance of technology-integrated fashion.

The panel, featuring Jeff de Boer, Dee Fontans, and Lara Prebster (led by event organizers Shannon Hoover and Chelsea Klukas) discussed the merging of arts and technology, the cultural significance of arts and technology, and the practical uses of technology in clothing. The panelists also discussed their own experiences and their vision for the future potential of fashion and technology.


The event also featured a molecular cocktail bar by Phil Grandbois complete with smoking bourbon shots and alcoholic gelatin.


Local designer Kyle Nylund modelled a spectacular preview of the MakeFashion runway show in September. The deadline for entries has been extended to June 29th, and designers, creatives, and technology enthusiasts are encouraged to apply.


Interested in contributing to MakeFashion and becoming a part of this exciting festival? MakeFashion is currently seeking sponsorships and offering packages to our sponsors, contact shoover@gmail.com for more information.


View the full gallery of event photos by Faby Martin here!