Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, is located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. It is the 5th largest city in North America and the largest in Canada, with 2.6 million residents in the City itself, and over 6 million in Toronto Greater Area.
With about 49% of its population born outside Canada, Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world; it is also rated as one of the worlds most liveable (Economist Intelligence Unit & Mercer Quality of Living Survey). The cultural diversity and richness of Toronto certainly makes an impact on its fashion scene.
Fashion in Toronto
Toronto provides an environment that lends itself to innovation and fresh ideas. Twenty-eight years ago, Toronto invented the concept of Fashion Incubator; an excellent example of the city’s forward thinking in fashion. Its model has been copied all over the world, from San Francisco to South Africa. Today, Toronto shines by its leading role in the promotion of diversity in Fashion. If the thinking was kick-started in London, in particular by All Walks – Beyond the Catwalk, an initiative founded by Caryn Franklin, Debra Bourne and Erin O’Connor, it has been embraced in Toronto.
Ryerson University School of Fashion
Diversity in Fashion is one of the strong directions recently taken by Ryerson University School of Fashion under the tenure of Robert Ott. Dr Ben Barry, who became Assistant Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in August 2012, as well as Founding Director of the Fashion Diversity Lab at the School, has explained to Modeconnect the thinking behind his PHD research and his experience running a model agency since he was 14. Robert Ott has also given us an insight in the work of Ryerson Fashion School, introducing us to some of the school’s recent graduates.
One of those graduates that Modeconnect knows well and loves is Cristina Sabaiduc. Born in Romania, she is a Canadian citizen, who today runs her label from London.
Cristina’s collection is the result and the initiator of two very successful collaborations: one with internationally acclaimed photographic artist Jo Holland, another with fantastic Cinematastic’s Amanda May.
Fashion Schools in Toronto
A city the size of Toronto’s, has to offer more than one fashion school; Apparel and Fashion, can be studied in one form or another, at Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, HP Academy of Applied Arts and Design, The Sewing Studio, Granton Institute of Technology, George Brown College, the Academy of Design (Formerly International Academy of Design), Coco Fashion Design Institute and Humber College.