An image of Gundula Hirn, Fashion Designer, Nanaimo, BC Canada

Gundula Hirn, Nanaimo-based fashion designer, to debut Dentelle et soie bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020

August 6, 2019

October 7 – 13, 2019, Vancouver, Canada – Recent Visual College of Art & Design of Vancouver (VCAD) graduate, Gundula Hirn, will be presenting her captivating new bridal collection at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) for the S/S 2020 Season. Dentelle et soie, created under the Gundula Couture label, will showcase a selection of fashion-forward bridal looks featuring unique lines, dreamy silhouettes, and edgy formals

Vancouver Fashion Week is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award-winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals. Since its inception 18 years ago, VFW has operated with a firm belief in being a well-grounded local initiative with global instincts and intuition

“At Vancouver Fashion Week, diversity really is our greatest strength. We bring together the most incredible design talent from across Canada and around the world, presenting the most forward-thinking creative concepts to the industry. Fashion is a truly global phenomenon and it’s so inspiring to see such a strong mix of designers all under one roof here in Vancouver.” says Jamal Abdourahman, producer and founder of Vancouver Fashion Week

Hirn’s, Dentelle et soie collection will feature an exquisite selection of gowns, corsetry, and multi-piece ensembles, constructed from Rosalind satin and silk, an impressive array of lace overlays, and stunning embellishments.


The Vancouver Fashion Festival #VIFFS19 Was Inspirational!

June 19th 2019

This is David Chen’s fifth Vancouver Fashion Festival (IPOP Canada) and his first at The Vancouver Club. An iconic setting, wonderful catering and welcome, cocktail party and meet and greet, gave us all a chance to take photos, go behind the scene to watch the set up, and be entertained by Junko Shimizu’s beautiful voice, accompanied by David’s daughter, Sofy Chen, on piano. David always participates in his shows, this time wearing costumes by Yayoi Hirano, in fact Yayoi Hirano, Eri MacGregor and Fumiko Horan collaborated on a whole collection entitled Japanese Kimono, which included Kimono, Masks, Costume and performance. Floral headpieces and floral accessories, a spectacular runway vision as well as a demonstration of the construction of a headpiece, all by Hikaru Seino Canon. This was a Fashion and Art event that was an excellent mix of cultures and a true celebration of the work of established and emerging designers. What a treat to see fashions by VCAD (Visual College of Art and Design) Vendredi by Emily Shaninzadeh, Lantern Collection by Noushin Sahebnassagh, Genita Mujar, Dvita by Jade Walker and Gundula Hirn. Also loved the colourful designs for Fashion Voice by Ozioma Ajibe.

This event was well attended (full house) and I was pleased to see so many Vancouver Fashion writers, Photographers, (Mando Nakamura is pictured here) and Fashion Design Program supporters, bringing their voices and sharing on Social Media, to tell others to put this event on their calendars. Ivan Sayers, well known Fashion Historian and Collector was in the house and was photographed by visiting Photographer from L.A., Arezoo Jalali. Since David’s event supports new talent and achievement, it was lovely to meet Face of Beauty International, Arshan Masjoudi, and hear about her success, despite many challenges.
I really enjoy wearing clothing and accessories by local Designers and for Vancouver Fashion Festival, I wore a wrap by Wendy Van Riesen of Dahlia Drive, featuring the Raven by Reg Davidson. One of the best experiences through the Vancouver Fashion Festival is to be an active participant and everyone is very welcome to do this. Thank you David Chen, founder and producer! Always such a pleasure! Thanks once again to Dianna Drahanchuk for her company and her photographs!

Writing by Colleen Tsoukalas and photos by Dianna Drahanchuk


Gundula Couture Featured the opening walk for an eager crowd at 2019 Vancouver International Fashion Festival.

June 9th 2019



May 20 2019

Gundula collaborated with Robby Hadly for Hair & Makeup & Model Chantel Chang to photograph her first three looks under the RUNWAY 2020 Collection – Photo by Gundula Hirn & Chantel Chang


Time to explore Vancouver area to inspire my RUNWAY 2020 collection!

June 30th 2018

Gundula enjoyed her time taking in some of the sights around the Vancouver area to inspire her up and coming 2020 collection. – Photo’s by Gundula Hirn

Recipient Of TELIO Scholarship

Gundula Hirn Receives TÉLIO Scholarship

VCAD (Visual College of Art and Design)
March 29, 2019

Congratulations to VCAD student Gundula Hirn! 🎉🎉🎉 She’s received a $1,000 scholarship from TÉLIO – Fashion Fabrics. Gundula is an emerging talent in our Fashion Design diploma program. She’s set to graduate this summer and plans to work in the couture bridal fashion industry. Way to go!