Just out of school Eric Neilson, top, already has his own line of club wear, named E-Star.


Eric Neilson’s dreams of entering the fashion industry is quickly becoming a reality.

Graduating from The International Academy of Design and Technology recently, Neilson already has a successful collection and show to his name.

His line of club wear, named E-Star, drew a crowd of more than 50 for his first show, which featured a line of ready to wear, versatile designs.

“It was something that you could wear to the office, then shower, put on the same outfit, and go out,” Neilson said.

He is currently working on a line of jersey knitwear pieces to benefit Youth for Human Rights, and will also donate 65 per cent of the sales to the organization.

To be so successful just after graduating is a rare achievement for a fashion student. “I don’t know, I just don’t know,” he said when asked how it happened.

Neilson, who grew up in the small town of Capilano, Alta., uses his native culture as a strong artistic influence, giving his designs a unique flavour.

“It feels like a big part of my life, I take my inspiration from my culture, and I mix it into my clothing,” he said.

Music also plays a role in his creative process. “I’ve always liked club music,” he said. “Whenever I hear a song, I transform it into an idea of how clothes should move.”

Neilson said that if he hadn’t experienced this success, his current goal would be to study under a fashion industry veteran, a path many aspiring designers take when trying to break into the industry.

“Someone who’s been in the industry knows the ins and outs, and the who’s who,” he said.

He encourages up and coming fashion students to work hard in order to achieve success.

“Do well in your studies, don’t give up,” he said. “It’s hard, but once you’ve done it, you will know it’s what you want to do.”