2 fashion students finalists in 2017 White Cashmere competition

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Two students from the School of Fashion Studies are finalists in the annual competition where designers create stunning pieces out of bathroom tissue.

George Brown students Lesley Hampton (left) and Juwyriya Hersi (right) are among the 16 finalists in the White Cashmere Collection competition. More than 150 students from 11 schools across Canada participated in the design challenge. Hampton and Hersi will showcase their creations on the runway at an invite-only event on September 29 and again at an event at the Royal Ontario Museum on September 30. 

The theme for this year's event is #Canada150. Hampton's design is inspired by her First Nations heritage and jingle dresses worn during pow wows. Shimmering elements of her dress are meant to symbolize Canada's mineral wealth. Hersi's piece is inspired by nature – specifically, sunlight reflecting off an icy tree branch.

Both women were featured in a segment on ET Canada about the collection. Watch it on etcanada.com.

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The top three White Cashmere Collection finalists will receive bursaries to fund their studies. First prize wins $4,000, second prize $2,000 and third prize wins $1,000. The event also raises awareness and money for breast cancer research.