Sponsored by: RoseAnna Schick, Voila Designs
Photos courtesy of Voila Designs
Voila Designs At The Art Market – Nov 16 – 19 2017
ONE-OF-A-KIND DESIGNER TAKES HER SHOW ON THE ROAD:
Winnipeg’s Andréanne Dandeneau on tour with fall fashion line
Fashion fans in five Canadian cities are getting the chance to meet-and-greet with rising fashionista Andréanne Dandeneau, and discover her fabulous Francophone/Indigenous-inspired clothing collection.
Dandeneau is the proud proprietor of Winnipeg-based French Métis fashion label VOILÀ, and will be at Calgary’s Art Market from November 16 to 19.
Wherever she takes her fashions, people fall in love with the world-class craftsmanship, the stunning embellishments, the comfort and functionality, and the social-minded consciousness she is bringing to her industry.
Dandeneau founded fashion label VOILÀ in 2005, with the goal to make customers feel good inside and out. “I believe comfort is the best trend to follow, it will always be in style,” she says. The fall line from VOILÀ might best be described as ‘sustainable sophistication’. It has been purposefully designed for women on the move, who are as in sync with the pulse of urban life as they are with the pursuit of active living.
One of the company’s core values is “buy less, buy better.” VOILÀ’s custom bamboo fabric is designed to look fantastic on the outside, and feel good on the inside. It offers exceptional softness, breathability, and moisture absorption, which helps regulate body temperature.
Dandeneau takes pride in creating quality products here in Canada. Every garment is designed and manufactured in Winnipeg, using organic eco-friendly Canadian-made fabrics, sustainable practices, and fair labour. On top of that, they look good, too.
Her designs stay true to the subtlety and contrasts of the French lifestyle that influenced her Francophone heritage. She chooses regal jewel tones and rich textures that flow together to create a timelessly chic look, with a dash of modernity and European flair.
As a finishing touch, many of her pieces are elegantly adorned with authentic Indigenous-inspired designs, reflecting her Métis culture. Dandeneau, of Ojibwa and French ancestry, was born and raised in Saint-Boniface, as one half of a set of identical twins.
She graduated in 2004 from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montreal, one of Canada’s top design programs. Today, designing under her own label VOILÀ Designs is her way of sharing her Métis and Franco-Manitoban heritage with the rest of the world.
Andréanne’s designs have been worn by television personality Lisa Meeches, host of the series Taken, which shares stories of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. She was asked to create a special dress worn by opera singer Rhonda Head, who performed alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Canada 150 celebrations.
Andréanne was awarded the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business, and the Entrepreneurship Award for Sustainable Design & Environment from the Francophone Chamber of Commerce.
Find out more about Dandeneau’s fashions this weekend at the Art Market in Calgary, or online anytime at www.voiladesigns.ca.