02/10/2012 01:30 EST | Updated 04/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Student designers from Montreal, Toronto and Halifax winners in Telio contest

MONTREAL - Students from design schools in Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia took home top honours at Canada's Breakthrough Designers event to close out Montreal Fashion Week.

Designers from Montreal's LaSalle College swept the top three prizes in the annual contest organized by Quebec-based textile company Telio.

Alexandre Arsenault was the grand prize winner, earning a $5,000 scholarship.

Yijing Xu was awarded second prize and a $3,500 scholarship, while Isabel Prado Caro placed third, receiving a $2,500 scholarship.

Alison Duncan of George Brown College in Toronto was awarded the creative prize, while Mitchell Stuart Gilroy of the Centre for Arts and Technology in Halifax earned the prize for technical achievement. Both took home scholarships valued at $2,000 apiece.

The students were challenged to design a one-of-a-kind creation in keeping with the theme Rouge + Red.

Final candidates were selected from among 138 sketches submitted by students from 23 Canadian fashion design schools.

The winners were chosen from among 25 finalists, including students from: Cegep Marie-Victorin, Ecole superieure de mode de Montreal, Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design, Fanshawe College, Seneca College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Art Institute of Vancouver and Vancouver Community College.

The event was held as part of the 22nd edition of Montreal Fashion Week, which concluded Thursday.