Evan Biddell. To some, his name is synonymous with Project Runway Canada, the show that launched his career. The youngest contestant in the show’s inaugural season, Biddell’s bold personality and impeccable design made him the clear choice as winner, and as an emerging powerhouse in the Canadian fashion world. To others, he’s a standalone talent with a refreshing design perspective.
A self-taught designer, Biddell began making clothes at the age of 15. From skater gear to wedding gowns to costumes for film and television, his versatility paid off. His self-described “street couture” style was featured in boutiques across Western Canada before catapulting to fashion fame on reality television.
“I believe that a designer should be fantasizing every minute he is working with fabric. If you’re going to design something today, it’s got to be pure fantasy, to the point where someone can walk down the street living your fantasy.” (Slice.ca)
From making custom hoodies for his friends in Victoria to sending a jersey hoodie mini-dress down the runway at Fashion Week, this eco-conscious designer has only just begun.
Inspired by robots and clones for his Fall 2009 line, Biddell handed out earplugs at Toronto Fashion Week last spring. A literally loud show was filled with geometric shapes befitting super-heroines, large-gauge knit scarves, and pops of chartreuse, teal and purple. Even with edgy styling, every piece was accessible to the everyday gal in need of upping her fashion game just a little.
From the look book:
(Look book images credited to Joe Fuda)
From the runway:
This is one young designer worth paying close attention to. Check out Biddell’s official site for more on the career of one of Canada’s brightest young talents.