#VALT2014 Most Promising Student Designer

Samantha Stroman

Samantha participated in the inaugural year of VALT, so finding her application to be of high-quality was no surprise. The sheer brilliance of it, though, was more than our jury expected of anyone. From the exceptional illustrations to the impeccable workmanship and attention to detail in her work, it was clear immediately that she was the top choice for #VALT2014 Most Promising Student Designer. Our congratulations to Samantha and our thanks to Vancouver Community College for helping this already talented designer develop her talents further.


"This collection is inspired by a combination of 16th century menswear, and vintage science fiction. Monochromatic in tone, I explore texture and contrast by way of a multitude of fabrics. Wool melton, leather, silk, pleated chiffon, neoprene, and a variety of other technical fabrics. Predominantly black in colour, bold streaks of white and metallic silver enhance the elaborate shapes and voluminous silhouettes." ~ Samantha Stroman

Vancouver Community College
Fashion Design Program


VCC is proud to inspire a new generation of students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce. With over 23,000 students, including a growing number of Aboriginal and International learners, 1100 employees and an annual budget of $105 million, VCC is a key player in the post-secondary landscape in B.C. Their connections to industry ensure that their students have direct access to employers while their model of access and their partnerships across the post-secondary sector assist students to reach their goals at any stage of their educational journey.

#VALT2014 G&S Dye Surface Design Award Winner

LoopDLoo by Nicool Radical

LoopDLoo by Nicool Radical is a bold collection with an incredible variety of textures and techniques.  Her use of hand dyeing, distress techniques, and hand painted details are what make her work shine.  Congratulations to Nicool for her masterful details in this capsule collection.


#VALT2013 Most Promising Student Designer
Pretty In Punk by Tanya Walker

Tanya impressed our jury immediately upon the opening of her application. Every detail was so well thought out, exceptionally put together and professional. The dedication to her craft was apparent in every aspect. From excellent editorial photos of well-made garments, to an eloquent and concise artist statement, our team knew she was the winner for #VALT2013 Most Promising Student Designer. Our congratulations to Tanya, and our thanks to VCAD for training such a committed new designer. “This one goes out to all the girls who don’t fit in, who stand out and continue to do so despite the name-calling and labels. Words like weird, unusual, freak – these are supposed to be insults. What the rest of the world doesn’t realize is how freeing it is to be strange. In fact, with a quick search through a thesaurus of the word unusual, you get such synonyms as amazing, exceptional, incredible, and refreshing. Pretty in Punk has been designed for women who still want to be feminine, want to feel beautiful in the clothes they wear, and also don’t want to be Plain Jane. This collection is for strong women, women who know who they are and want to show the world.” - Tanya Walker

Visual College of Art and Design Vancouver

With roots on Vancouver Island, VCAD has taught artists and imaginative people to follow their creative passions for over 35 years. VCAD is highly regarded for providing a well-rounded arts education in an environment that emphasizes creativity and individuality. VCAD provides studio-based programs in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Web Design, Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion, Fashion Design and 3D Modeling Animation Art & Design. The team at VCAD believes that you should do what you love and are passionate about. If you're looking for a creative career that allows you to use your imagination and talents, VCAD wants to help you.