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Anya Ayoung Chee beat the odds and came out a winner

Anya thumbCalgary doesn't quite make the list when it comes to fashion, with Canada's major fashion schools located in Toronto and Vancouver.

Trinidad and Tobago isn't exactly a global hothouse for fashion design either, yet that's where Anya Ayoung Chee, winner of Project Runway Season 9, hails from.

Ayoung Chee launched her first collection Pilar by Anya in 2009.

10-year collector hopes to host city's first sneaker convention

thumb shoes_thumbCeiling-high piles of shoes occupy Albert Myles Mejia's home. Estimated at 150 pairs, his collection includes brands like Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Pumas and Reebok. Costing about $100 to $250 each pair, the total retail value of his collection is about $30,000.

"Growing up as a kid, I always travelled to the States with my parents," Mejia said, "and buying sneakers from a different country was always my thing." He added that he always wanted to have the sneakers that nobody else had.

thumb E_Devon-Jopling_2bCalgary artist Devon Jopling details her adventure of drawing to creating

Devon Jopling and her husband Ryan Baker live in what seems like a typical townhouse located just off of Country Hills Blvd.. In the basement, however, you will see a small room located just off to the side filled with comics, homemade costumes, and an elaborate artist's drawing board.

thumb E_Round-Brides-2Artist Bev Tosh captures the essence of war brides through paintings of their wedding day photos

Bev Tosh captures women on what may seem the most important day of their life – their wedding day. Her studio is lined up with paintings of bride's faces staring back at you, painted on brown, rough planks of plywood and lined up against white walls; to the right of each painting there is a white, thin-like material that features the name of each woman and her story. As I walked into her studio I couldn't help but to wonder who are these women?