Regina’s Sage Wosminity has had a passion for fashion since she was five, learning to sew at her grandmother’s knee.
In May, at age 15, she made national headlines during Saskatchewan Fashion Week (SFW) as the youngest designer to show a collection at a Canadian fashion week event. Her collection sold out at the trunk show that followed her runway debut.
Now, she has presented a 13-piece holiday collection, which was showcased at a recent fashion show at Cade Style Lounge in Regina.
“I really wanted to make dresses that you could wear to a fancy party or a house party,” the 16-year-old high school student explained in a recent interview. “You can wear these to both.”
Wosminity sewed the entire collection herself. “I started working on it in June.”
Her holiday collection features party dresses, as well as fun, playful tops and skirts. Her silk and satin fabrics were locally sourced at Fabricland.
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The young, emerging designer has a knack for getting her designs noticed. She was wearing one of her creations when she met Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepson at the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina. The entertainer commented on Wosminity’s design.
And Miss World Canada, Annora Bourgeault of Regina, was sporting a cropped top and long skirt designed by Wosminity at the Miss World competition in London.
“I first met Sage when she was about nine or 10, and I saw talent in her and knew if she kept up with her dream of being a designer she could be successful. She has the talent,” said veteran fashion designer Dean Renwick, who has nurtured many young Saskatchewan proteges. “I found her first collection for SFW very contemporary and sophisticated and was not surprised she sold all of her collection at the show. I am sure she will do great at Cade; she knows her target market and caters to it very well.”
“It’s important for SFW to showcase young emerging talent,” said Chelsea O’Connell, one of three directors who spearheaded the provincial fashion event.
“Mentorship is a crucial part of Saskatchewan Fashion Week. By giving Sage the opportunity to showcase her holiday collection and sell it afterwards in a well-known retail environment, it helps Sage to learn crucial parts of the fashion world, such as deadlines, marketing, organizing her own fashion show and seeing product sell through,” said O’Connell, owner of Cade Style Lounge.
“Sage’s holiday collection, like her inaugural spring collection, was fun & flirty — very appropriate for her demographic.”