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CAFTCAD has been asked to jury films from the Can Film Fest (March 30- April 2nd) here in Toronto for their first ever costume design award. A jury of 4 people is required from the membership. Duties include watching selected linked online films on your own time between March 7-11th, assembling notes on your choices, participating in a phone/skype meeting on Sunday March 13th for several hours with rest of jury to select a winner.
Award will be presented April 2nd.

You can check out their website at

Please contact Joanna Syrokomla with any questions at


The Milestones Speaker Series Presents: An Evening with Wendy Chuck

Join us Saturday, March 5th for evening with award winning Costume Designer, Wendy Chuck. Wendy has designed such films as Spotlight, Tammy, Nebraska, The Descendants, Twilight, Sideways, Election, and Varsity Blues.

The evening will take place at Studio Carlaw
276 Carlaw avenue, suite 223
7pm – 9pm

$20 for CAFTCAD members and students
$25 for non-members
Tickets for the event are available online here


CAFTCAD wishes you all the best for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!
Illustration by CAFTCAD member Terry Pitts.

Dear CAFTCAD Members,

As we enter the holiday season, the new E-Board of 2015 and I would like to wish each and every one of you an incredible joyous and festive holiday season. 

After a busy year, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a little quiet time to spend celebrating with family, loved ones and friends, and some well deserved me time.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016 as we plan to kick off the New Year with an intimate meet and greet on Sunday, January 10, 2016 so please SAVE THE DATE and look for our upcoming invitation with time and location.

It will be the opportunity to meet our new members and thank our existing membership for their continued support of CAFTCAD.  We hope you will be able to take time from your busy schedules to attend.

But before you head into the holidays, I’d like to give you a belated update of what has been happening with CAFTCAD.  As of this month our new board now consists of myself who has been acclaimed to the position of President, Alex Kavanagh is now

Vice-President, Karen Lee has accepted the position of Treasurer, and Alexandria Goldman is our Executive Secretary.   Our E Board members are Amanda Bone, Jennifer Bunt, Jessica Chambers, Kim Harkness, Leslie Kavanagh, Sherri Lawrence, and Hanne Whitfield.

After elections our new board hit the ground running to put together our annual CAFTCAD Celebrates Costumes at The Spoke Club, during TIFF.  Well-received, it gave the members, the chance to meet and mingle with their peers and view some of the fabulous exhibits created by our members, as well as allowing the media and industry to get an insight into our craft with both its exhibits and Issue #8 of BeSpoke.

Although the busy shooting schedule throughout the city precluded any available spaces to host our Spring MWS, we are happy to report that our Fall MWS was highly successful. Turning out to be the most well-attended and profitable MWS to date!   Immense thanks to all the members and volunteers who worked so diligently on both initiatives.

In November, we held our first script breakdown class.  A great way for those both new and experienced to gain a new skill that is seriously important to what we do – the course was fully booked.

Currently, the board is brainstorming and exploring opportunities for new and exciting CAFTCAD initiatives.  Once again, we want your input on the different courses and educational opportunities you would like us to offer. 

We’re looking forward to a successful and exciting 2016 and value your input, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.  My personal email is below if you wish to contact me directly.

Have a terrific holiday and the warmest of wishes to you and your loved ones.

Loretta Chin
President, CAFTCAD


Dior and I


From the director of acclaimed fashion films: Valentino: The Last Emporer, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, and Bill Cunningham.

Frederic Tcheng brings another stunning behind-the-scenes look into this prestigous fashion house, which also showcases Raf Simons first Dior collection as he takes over the helm as Director. 

Tcheng has a marvelous approach in being able to uncover and perhaps really get into the psyche of his fashion subjects. 

Talked about as the fashion documentary of a decade, this film can be seen for a limited time at the Cineplex at Yonge and Dundas. For more information or tickets click here.

Academy Originals Profiles Costume Designer- Mark Bridges

Academy Originals is the first web series from the Academy. It details the process of film making, and the artists who are steering its direction.

The latest episode features the accomplished Costume Designer, Mark Bridges, whose work includes The Artist, There Will Be Blood, Silver Linings Playbook, and upcoming films, Inherent Vice and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Click on the link here to watch the video.

“(Costume Design) gives an indication of things unsaid.” – Mark Bridges


CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)

Ontario Arts Foundation- Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

The Viginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design is an initiative from the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF), which gives mid-career professional costume designers in Ontario, a way to foster their career further through research or travel.

CAFTCAD proudly congratulates two of it’s members who have received this prestigious award, Lea Carlson (2011) and Anne Dixon (2014). For each of these artists, it has given them the opportunity to explore a project, idea and passion, to expand their work. But more than this, it has given them the resources to replenish their creative juices.

This year CAFTCAD had the opportunity to celebrate the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award and Anne, at its annual Toronto Film Festival event, CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume, at The Spoke Club on Tuesday September 25th. CAFTCAD had the privilege of showcasing some of Anne’s work as well as being joined by CAFTCAD sponsor, the OAF.

It is great to see the continued support of costume design in Canada, and thank the OAF for its contribution.

To read more, click here.

Above: Anne Dixon in front of her costumes
Belows (L to R): Anne’s costume from Lost Girl, OAF members (L to R): Associate Director Ann Boyd, Executive Director Alan Walker, and Carolyn Gloude.

CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014.  Toronto, ON, Canada. (Image: Ryan Emberley)


the_strain_master_risingCAFTCAD Celebrates Costume 2014: Costume Exhibit


This year CAFTCAD will proudly present another outstanding costume exhibition at it’s annual Toronto Film Festival event. Set to be attended by Canada’s finest costumers and film and television industry.

The exhibit which will coincide with the event, will show a variety of costumes from CAFTCAD members from a range of mediums such as film, television and the web.

CAFTCAD commends all of its members for their contribution to the Canadian and International film and television industry.

CAFTCAD Members involved in these costumes:

Image From Above:
The Master Rising- The Strain
Costume Designer- Luis Sequeira
Assistant Costume Designer- Lindsay Jacobs
Key Textile Artist- Silvana Sacco
Costume Cutter- Tamiyo Tomihiro


The Calling

CAFTCAD would like to congratulate fellow member, Costume Designer Georgina Yarhi on her work in the film, The Calling.

A thriller set in a small and quiet town, about a detective who finds that the number of abnormal recent murders are the work of a serial killer that has a strong calling. Cast includes: Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace and Donald Sutherland. 

In cinemas now.


viktor-rolf-dutch-national-ballet-01.2New York City Ballet- Fall Gala

There is great anticipation in the lead up to the Fall Gala this year, hosted by the distinguished and renowned New York City Ballet.

This season boasts five highly regarded choreographers with some of fashions most notable designers. The works include:


  • Peter Martins’ Morgen with new costumes designed by Carolina Herrera, known for her exquisite gowns.
  • Liam Scarlett’s piece will be adorned with work by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
  • Troy Schumacher’s debut work will debut designs from Thom Browne
  • Justin Peck’s premiere production will showcase work from Mary Katrantzou.

The Gala will also include, existing piece, This Bitter Earth from Christopher Wheeldon with costumes designed by Valentino in 2012.

The world of fashion design and costume design seem to be colliding more frequently these days, and it is great to see it on the live stage.

The Fall Gala will be held at the New York City Ballet, on Tuesday the 23rd of September, 2014. For more information visit the New York City Ballet website.

Image: Viktor and Rolf for the Dutch National Ballet

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The newest issue of Bespoke is now available to view on our website. The Vintage Issue features articles about Reign, Crimson Peak, Steampunk and more.

The sixth issue is available to read here


Textile Museum of Canada Volunteer Association Presents Annual- More Than Just a Yardage Sale

The Textile Museum of Canada will host its 19th annual More Than Just a Yardage Sale. This event is organized by the Museum’s Volunteer Association, in which the fundraiser earns significant funds in support of the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and public programs.

All items come from generous year-round donations that include fabrics such as, dressmaking, decorating, household and vintage linens, as well as quilting supplies, patterns, yarn, beads, buttons and books.

This initiative has a team of over 120 volunteers that work continuously all year round to make this event happen. Show your support or find yourself fabric for any or all of your sewing purposes at a bargain price.

The event will be set up in tents in the parking lot adjacent to the Textile Museum of Canada at 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto (St. Patrick subway station at University Avenue and Dundas Street).

Friday May 30 from 11am – 6pm

Saturday May 31 from 11am – 2pm

Admission: Free

For More information on the sale and the Textile Museum of Canada, click here.

Canadian Screen Awards Nominees

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television celebrated the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards on March 9th.

CAFTCAD is proud to mention the members who have been nominated for these prestigious awards. Congratulations to:

Winner of Best Costume Design (Television) Debra Hanson for Bomb Girls- Party Line
Lea Carlson for The Colony
Laurie Drew for Orphan Black- Instinct
Gersha Phillips The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Delphine White for Copper- The Hudson River School

To read more about nominees and winners go to:


Fashion History Museum

Founded in 2004, the Fashion History Museum recently opened a permanent exhibition space in Cambridge, Ontario. With a collection spanning over 8000 garments, dating from the 1600s to present day, this space truly is expanding the knowledge and understanding of fashion and costume design alike.
For more information, click here.


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