#VALT2015 Reviews:


"Vancouver is ALTernative.  This is the tagline for the annual Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week (VALT), which was proven to be true over its 3-day celebration of all things creatively alternative from our city’s artists.  The runway inside Chinatown’s Chinese Cultural Centre became a showcase of fashion that dares to colour outside the lines and stretch the wearer’s imagination to transform into whatever he or she dreams to be."

~ Aurora Chan, #VALT2015 Review for Style By Fire




"Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week is growing a feast for the senses...Vancouverites were treated to new and alternative designers in an intimate and interactive venue. Visceral artists and fashion designers exposed their talents to eager fashionistas and artists during the themed evening shows...The imagination of the designers knew no bounds and they were willing to take our senses on a journey beyond the stars."

~ Mandy Carnahan, #VALT2015 Review for Metro Living Zine




"There are so many mind blowing outfits, from a huge array of incredibly talented designers. That alone should really be enough. But the models the organizers choose, are a much wider gamut than your average fashion show. You'll see models of all varieties of height, build, orientation, and life. Tack on musical performances by anything from a harp player, to musically triggered projection mapping DJ sets, to Rock and Roll, and dozens of artists displaying art of diverse mediums,...they bring something unique to every corner of the space." - Kieron Rhys Lillo

~ Marilyn Wilson, #VALT2015 Interview by Olio by Marilyn




"Vancouver is becoming a fashion and lifestyle destination globally. People come to the West Coast specifically because it encourages weird creativity and is permissive and liberal in it's attitudes towards people's lifestyle choices. VALT is a celebration of all of these things." - Tristan Risk

~ Marilyn Wilson, #VALT2015 Interview by Olio by Marilyn




"VALT bring inclusivity, there isn't anything else like it around. When I can be a part of something that allows all people, all shapes and all forms to walk the runway, I know it' is an event I want to be a part of. When you can have anything from gender fluid, to transgendered, to gay/straight/bi, tall, short , thin and full figured on a runway, it lets people know we are the definition of community." - Nathan McLean

~ Marilyn Wilson, #VALT2015 Interview by Olio by Marilyn




"I checked out Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week (VALT) for the first time last year and I loved my experience.  VALT is not your usual fashion show, and the organizers are proud of that difference.  This event brings you the quirky, unusual, and edgy ‘as the norm’, and it’s becoming quite addictive."

~ Robbin Whachell, #VALT2015 Introductory Blog Article




Undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend and fan favourite was the collaboration between ‘Beauty By Impairment‘ and ‘Drafted Eminence‘ which left the crowd entranced by the otherworldly beauty of flowing gowns, intricate feather headdresses, and crystallized gags."

~ Desiree Mark, #VALT2015 Review for Remember MEdia




"Last but not least, the people in the room were arguably the most intriguing element. Combining designers, artists, stylists, musicians, models, media, and appreciators of the alternative scene, VALT was a great way to meet and mingle with a medley of fascinating individuals."

~ Aurora Chan, #VALT2015 Review for Style By Fire