Elaine was born in England and moved to Windsor at age 7. She Graduated from Sandwich Secondary High School. She completed the Fashion Design Technician program at Sheridan College and has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. She is a fashion designer, creative director and owner of CHATTY Collection from 1995 to 2015, a women’s clothing line designed by herself. The Windsor made collection was available at numerous boutiques in Ontario and at the signature CHATTY Collection Boutique in Walkerville.
Elaine has produced and directed over 40 professional Fashion Shows, including fundraisers for Windsor Regional Hospital, The Hospice of Windsor and Dragon Boats for a Cure. She has a strong retail and merchandising background. She has experience in all aspects of running a retail store from budgets, buying, styling, to customer service and marketing.
Elaine occasionally works as a Wardrobe Specialist at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. She has worked with world-renowned acts doing wardrobe/styling for talent such as Diana Ross, KISS, Barry Manilow, Penn & Teller, Il Divo, So You Think You Can Dance, TLC, Pet Shop Boys and many others.
The demo/activity that she will be presenting to the students will include students working in small groups in Design Development teams. They will be creating a target market, brand name and basic sketches for a mini line that they will mount on a presentation board and will present it at the end.
First, the teams will create a customer profile (a target market) that they will design a line for, including season and year. The team will then go through a design development stage using a croquis template and pencils that will be provided, and will each sketch a design specific to the target market chosen by the group to create a collection. At the end is a line development presentation where each team will create one design board that they will present for the mini line.