Sonja has enjoyed a professional, dynamic, and successful career in the fashion and entertainment industry for over 20 years.

Interest in design and fashion began at age 7 when she cut off the sleeves of her t-shirts to design and construct belted maxi-dresses and wrap halter tops for her Barbie dolls. She practiced and experimented endlessly French braiding, styling, curling, and setting the golden nylon tresses of an old school, plastic styler doll head. At 10 her mother taught her to sew and signed her up for sewing lessons at the local fabric store.

“By 12 I was practicing on my 9 year old brother. He was a good sport. I dressed him up like a girl. I made him wear skirts and blouses, styled and cut his hair, put hats and jewellery on him, did his makeup. I bribed him with anything I could so he would cooperate and sit still.”

At 18, after finishing high school, Sonja dabbled full time in the worlds of professional modelling, makeup artistry, fashion design, and photography at the internationally recognized Sheridan College in Ontario. She spent many years working with cosmetic companies such as Clinique, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Revlon, and Chanel.

In 1994 Sonja added in a design career. She enrolled part time in the University of Regina’s Theatre Department. An entirely new world was revealed in Costume Design and Scenography. University courses were an adventure in costume design, fashion history, pattern drafting, period costume cutting, sewing, drawing, English and theatre literature, art history, technical stage drafting, set carpentry and construction, rigging work, stage lighting, props building, and so on.

After university, Sonja continued with fashion and makeup in London, England. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to have a dual career as an award winning designer and makeup artist in the film, television, theatre, fashion, and photography businesses in Canada. She has worked with numerous award winning celebrities, artists, and designers from Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Germany, Japan, China, Italy, and Ireland.

Sonja Clifton-Remple