Her love of fashion was realized when she excelled in sewing and art in high school. Never afraid to stand out, Andrea started altering and manipulating her own clothes to express herself and learned to embrace her personal style. Her journey to Kwantlen’s fashion program shortly followed.
Her studies in the Fashion Design and Technology program have lead her far beyond her expectations, taking her to l’Universite de la Mode in Lyon, France to study fashion history and textiles and on an intimate tour of the local industry in Vancouver.
McDonald says: “I often gravitate toward things that are a little unusual or different because they’re more interesting to me.” Today, Andrea melds her love for unconventional shapes and texture with her design aesthetic in premiering her collection Katherine Wolfe: A line of re-worked leather and textile design for the urban woman.
Katherine Wolfe Fall 2012 has a segment that is dedicated to re-working leather as well as new textiles that will be transformed. Each piece of fabric that is manipulated will end up differently, and because the leather comes from pre-loved garments, each cut will be one of a kind. They are conversation pieces, they silently voice her opinions about her values of supporting the local economy in her community.
Designer, Andrea McDonald explains: “I often gravitate towards things that are a little unusual or different because they’re more interesting to me. My customer is the same way in that sense. They march to the beat of their own drums. They are confident and comfortable with themselves and they know what they like. This is where I come in, Katherine Wolfe can offer them something different and interesting that few people will own.”
Katherine Wolfe is being premiered at Richmond’s River Rock Casino at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s ‘The Show’, on April 3rd 2012.