04/26/2016 03:49 EDT | Updated 04/27/2017 05:12 EDT

NSCAD's Epoch Celebrates The Bright Future Of Canadian Fashion

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With the fickle nature of the Canadian fashion industry, and headline after headline about the demise of Canadian retailers, it's even more important to focus on our fashion and design students. Through them, we may find fresh ideas to help make the industry more sustainable.

On the forefront of developing new talent are the art, design and craft programs on the east coast at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, which recently hosted a fashion show, Epoch.

The event had a twofold agenda: to showcase the collections of 14 student designers, while simultaneously hosting a VIP experience in a semi-detached room where higher-priced tickets were sold to raise funds for scholarships to the college's Textiles and Fashion program.

NSCAD tapped fashion icon Jeanne Beker to host the sold-out show, who commented on the importance of making time for students: "This is what it's all about, the grassroots. It's not about the hype; it's about the education, preparation and future of fashion. That's why I'm interested in it."

Standouts from the evening were Maggie MacCormick with 1970's gym-inspired pieces, Toban Ralston who wowed with his three collections, and Kelly MacGillivray with Yeezy-esque looks inspired by luxury planes.

Check out some of the amazing designs showcased at Epoch in the slideshow below:

Epoch: Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Fashion Show