CURTIS OLAND – ONE WITH NATURE, ONE WITH FASHION

One of this week’s #TOMFW17 designers is none other than Toronto-based designer, Curtis Oland.

Oland began his journey into the fashion world in 2011, working as a sculptor after he earned his Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He soon enrolled at Ryerson University where he studied fashion and in the spring of 2016, Oland debuted his graduation collection, “Mass Exodus”.  Things began rolling quickly for Oland and a few short months later he was crowned the winner of the 2016 Emerging Menswear Designer Award for his Spring/Summer 2017 Collection that showed at TOM* Fashion Week in August 2016. Currently, Oland is a 2017 Canadian Art and Fashion Awards nominee for the Simons Fashion Design Student Award. 

As a resident of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and an individual of both Scottish-Canadian and Lil’Wat (indigenous) decent, Oland strives to create collections that are reflective of his diverse cultural background. Furthermore, through the use of natural fabrics and contemporary designs, Oland aims to shatter the conventional stereotypes that surround indigenous fashion.

Last season, Oland made waves with his Fall/Winter 2016 Collection titled, “Harvest”, an ode to his Lil’Wat background and the BC interior. Using the highest quality of wools and hides, Oland crafted a rich line that signaled the coming of harvest and reminded us of our eternal connection to nature. Moreover, his employment of deep, earthy hues and unconventional textile details has enabled his brand to create a tamed yet natural aesthetic.

This year, Oland’s Fall/Winter 2017 Collection titled, “Visceral Architecture” aims to showcase the “grotesque beauty and raw, primal aspects of animal and human biology” and is about picking apart the elements of the body as well as synthesizing it with the spirit.

Curtis Oland at TOM* (Photo by @cherosalesphoto)
Curtis Oland at TOM* (Photo by @cherosalesphoto)

For more information on Curtis Oland visit his official website at www.curtisoland.com

Written by: Tiffany Cole