The days are still warm, but the nights are starting to cool off, but for Angela Campagnoni things are just starting to heat up as she gets ready for season thirteen of Atlantic Fashion Week. AFW started as a concept in 2007 after Campagnoni purchased a modelling agency in Halifax called City Models, but you have to go back to when she was fourteen and came into the fashion industry as a runway model that her passion for the fashion industry began. Fromher experience as a model, Campagnoni’s interest and passion continued to grow for the industry, seeing her go and graduate from Dalhousie University’s Costume Design Program in the nineties. From there she continued to evolve her fashion experience whether it was her own business or with local clothing manufacturers as a designer or product engineer expanding her understanding and knowledge of the industry. Then in 2007, when she purchased City Models and was still working as a designer in the industry, she had the idea that she wanted to combine all of her experiences to elevate the experience, I know what it is like to be a designer, start and grow a business in the fashion industry. So, I said what can I do with all this and my answer was, we (Halifax) need a fashion week.” “I had the crazy idea, now I have models, I have all this fashion
fashion industry on the East Coast. Campagnoni says, “I had the crazy idea, now I have models, I have all this fashion experience, I know what it is like to be a designer, plus start and grow a business in the fashion industry. So, I said what can I do with all this and my answer was, we (Halifax) need a fashion week.” She was not sure how many designers there were locally or if they would get involved but she knew there was going to be a fashion week and she was on a mission to take the East Coast fashion industry to the next level and offer a venue for which local designers could spotlight their work and their industry.
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49 SEPTEMBER 2019 • SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS MAGAZINE
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