Seneca Fashion Professor Jennifer Dares Sustainability Development Goal #SDG

JD_1Jennifer Dares has over twenty-five years of industry experience as a Canadian contemporary fashion designer and trend forecaster. Jennifer holds a diploma in Fashion from Sheridan College. Her experience includes working as a designer, pattern drafter, managing and recruiting for a major department store, as an assistant buyer for Emporio Armani and the Women’s and Girls’ Trend Direction Manager for HBC. Jennifer established her women’s wear label LAYER in 2002. LAYER publications include Canadian and international press coverage. Jennifer also contributes to the advancement of the industry, new designers and numerous worthy causes such as Fashion Cares, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Shadow Ball, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Indigo Auction, or the Fashion Zone advisor

Jennifer has been teaching for twenty years within the space of Fashion. Jennifer was a co-investigator on the Ryerson University research team for the research project titled ‘Neighbourhood Policing: Designing Uniforms that Work’ project. Jennifer’s professional development is ongoing, as she visits museums and exhibits during her travels. She keeps abreast of industry trends and attends conferences on design, sustainability and technology. Jennifer’s current research focus in the MA Fashion program at Ryerson University is sustainability, the circular economy and upcycling. When we asked Jennifer  which SDG was closest to her heart, she replied:

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“I am passionate about all of the SDGs, but its ‘SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’ where I believe I can make a difference not only in my design practice but also in my design research and the sharing of knowledge.”

 

CREA Charette

On October 1st, eight students from Fashion Business and Fashion Business Management took part in the second annual CREA (Canadian Retail Education Association) Charette at Ryerson University. The Charrette is an intensive, interdisciplinary team learning experience. CREA works with retail industry partners to identify a “real life” problem scenario, which will be revealed to teams on day one before collaborating to design a solution within a specified time limit. This year’s charrette client was Beauleigh Retail Leasing Consultants Inc. who brought forward the challenge of Retail Revitalization at Toronto’s Union Station. Teams were tasked with developing a retail concept for a 680 square foot unit for the Front Street Promenade in Toronto’s Union Station. The requirements of the retail idea needed to be original to the city of Toronto, and unique, authentic, fresh, and trendy to animate the retail space at the historic Union Station. The competition featured students from Fanshawe, Ryerson, Humber, Seneca, and George Brown. Earthly Ink was the winning concept, followed by the idea for Maple Bar. Congratulations to all the students for their participation!