Corinne Monique Long
Home town: Saskatoon, SK / global gypsy
Corinne Monique Long, co-founder and owner of Create over Cocktails, is a fashion designer and illustrator. She has been sketching and sewing since she was a little girl. At an early age, Corinne studied Fine Art under the prestigious Canadian artist, Gail Adams, and began undertaking commissions for her artwork in various mediums soon after. Corinne attended the University of Alberta, graduating in 2009 with a BSc. degree in Human Ecology with a Major in Textiles and Clothing and a Minor in Design and Product Development. In her graduating year, Corinne organized and produced the Faculty Fashion Show, in collaboration with Edmonton Fashion Week. During her studies, Corinne traveled to Paris, France, and attended the Paris American Academy. There she trained intensively, learning the haute couture techniques of Nina Ricci, draping methods of Madame Gres, millinery skills of Jean Paul Gaultier, and the handbag and accessory craft of Anne Valerie Hash, as well as Japanese Shibori dyeing techniques. During her stay in Paris, she also worked as a backstage assistant and dresser for Elie Saab, during his Fall 2008 Haute Couture Collection runway show. In 2009, Corinne was chosen from 116 Canada-wide entries as one of 25 Télio Design Competition finalists and was featured during Montreal Fashion Week, as well as in the press. That same year, Corinne was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Writing for her essay entitled ‘The Little Black Dress,’ published in the Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2010. In 2010, Corinne competed as a finalist in the Nuit Blanche Art of Fashion Design Competition, and was featured in various media including The Globe and Mail. Corinne has worked as a design and production assistant for many Canadian designers, including Greta Constantine, House of Spy, Jade Kinrade, Penicullus Bellum, Sofiss Apparel, Stefanie Bezaire, and Wildhagen Hats. Corinne has gained an excellent appreciation of colour, pattern, texture, materials, construction, and current trends.
In 2013, Corinne launched her own eponymous fashion label, Corinne Monique, an innovative, timeless, luxurious line for the modern woman, which has been featured on runways around the world including New York for New York Fashion Week twice, Virginia, Tobago, Cairo, and Amsterdam. Both her fashion designs and illustration have been featured internationally in the media and magazines.
In the fall of 2014, Corinne moved to her mother’s home town of Saint John, New Brunswick. One year later, Corinne founded and launched Canvas & Cocktails, now Create over Cocktails. Besides freelancing, Corinne is devoted full-time to running Create over Cocktails, both behind the scenes and as an artist and host. Corinne loves assisting others find their inner artist and nurture a sometimes neglected creative side. She herself has overcome a lifelong fear of public speaking through working for Create over Cocktails and has continued to learn far more than she ever imagined in managing the start-up business. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, she loves being her own boss and she considers herself lucky to have been able to create something out of necessity which has turned into something so sustainable for herself and others. Corinne considers herself even more fortunate to be able to support herself and others while building a company which enables her to work towards her dreams.