Kirsten Schaefer

Contract Lecturer

MA Fashion, Ryerson University

BDes Fashion Design, Ryerson University

HBA Anthropology, University of Toronto

Phone: 416-979-5000

Ex. 6443

Office: 

KHW 261

Email: 

kirsten.schaefer@ryerson.ca

I am interested in zero-waste and modular design techniques, and have explored these and their applications within bridal wear for my MA research. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Communication & Culture, and have expanded my focus to include research on digital opportunities for design practice. I am particularly interested in new technologies for fashion design and how they may enhance sustainability, creativity, and innovation.

Recent Professional Projects

Technology for Innovative Fashion Design: I am researching the ways that technology can create a more efficient, sustainable, and creative design process for fashion designers. This research is in its infancy and will be developed into my PhD dissertation.

Publications & Exhibitions

Schaefer, K. & Navarro, H. (in press). Sustainable bridal & beyond – Using non-traditional design techniques for extended garment life and zero waste. Fashion 6: Exploring Critical Issues (ebook).
Schaefer, K. & Navarro, H. (2013). The sustainable bride – An exploration in conceptual bridal design. Paper presentation at the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, No One is an Island, Honolulu, HI.
Schaefer, K. & Tullio-Pow, S. (2012). Universal sleepwear design applications for women with lymphedema. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, No One is an Island, Honolulu, HI.
Dell’Agnese, L., Tullio-Pow, S., Schaefer, K., Andrews, A.J., Ibrahim, W., Stein, R., Russo, F., & Boudreau, J.P. (2011). Wearable technology: Prototype development of a garment to mediate communication between caregivers and infants with autism spectrum disorder. Paper presented at the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference, Celebrating Inclusivity & Innovation, Philadelphia, PA.

Program Streams: 

Fashion Communication

Fashion Design