Greta Constantine’s fashion show is next week, collection far from ready
In yesterday’s blog entry for the Post, designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong of Greta Constantine offer a glimpse into their background as designers. Both were clearly brown-nosers from the start, scoring major internships while still in high school: Pickersgill with Toronto fashion label Comrags and Wong at Alfred Sung. Wong pursued his passion for fashion with veteran costume designer Susan Dicks; Pickersgill moved to Milan, working with fellow Canadians DSquared2 and British designer Neil Barret.
In Toronto, the pair met while living above Jacob’s Hardware at Queen and Spadina and decided to create their own label, Greta Constantine, named for Wong’s mother, Greta, and Pickersgill’s grandfather, Constantine. They note that when they started the line, fashion Web sites like style.com didn’t exist; neither did reality TV shows like Project Runway (which Wong would compete in, then insult)—only Vogue, their “bible.”
The duo’s Toronto fashion show (again scheduled outside of fashion week) is just over a week away, to take place on March 19. Though the space at the Bayview Audi dealership is booked, the clothes are not even half ready. We’re expecting future updates to be a lot shorter (perhaps a preview of the collection) as the stress piles on and hopefully a lot more dramatic.
• Before reality TV ‘we had our Bible, Vogue’ [National Post]
• Toronto designers jump the gun on fashion week [Toronto Star]