Lu Ann Lafrenz

Associate Professor, Fashion Design Program Director and Internship Co-ordinator

BS Textiles & Clothing, Iowa State University

MS Textiles & Clothing, The Ohio State University

PhD Training & Development, The Ohio State University

Phone: 416-979-5000

Ex. 7077

Office: 

KHW 59 A

Email: 

lalafren@ryerson.ca

My research and teaching thrusts have been intertwined throughout my 30+ years of teaching at universities in the USA and at Ryerson since 1998. The extensive number of courses I have taught and developed (exceeds the number of years I've been teaching) in merchandising and design resulted in a research focus on pedagogy. More specifically my research has concentrated on innovative curriculum development and the first year university experience both inside and outside the "typical" classroom setting. A more recent addition to both my research and teaching has been seeking answers to the question...How can we design, develop, wear and recycle fashion in ethical and sustainable ways?

Recent Professional Projects

Lafrenz, L. & Barry, B. Integrating Diversity into the First-Year Fashion Curriculum. This project incorporated size diversity in first year fashion courses. The current comprehensive design project involves multiple stages (i.e., researching themes and target markets, illustrating designs on figures, pattern drafting and constructing dresses) spanning five fashion courses. Previously, 180 first year students designed daywear dresses for industry standard size 10; this project shifted the target market to two specialty size populations: plus and petite, exposing students to retail stores that carry specialty sizing and their target market, increasing the awareness of the needs of our diversified population and expanding levels of students’ knowledge, skills and creativity. The purpose of this project was to expose first year fashion students to research and design of diversified groups of women (size, age, ethnicity) and ultimately an understanding and appreciation of diversity in society.

Publications & Exhibitions

Lafrenz, L. & Barry, B. (October 2014). Integrating Diversity into the First-Year Fashion Curriculum. Paper presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual international conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and published in the ITAA Conference Proceedings.

Burke, T. & Lafrenz, L. (February 2014). Responsive Strategic Sourcing: An Analysis of Fashion Firms Managing Competitive Advantage Through Combined Location Manufacturing. Paper presented at the 2014 Global Fashion Management Conference, London College of Fashion, London, United Kingdom.

Lafrenz, L. & Mida, I. (October 2013). Engaging Students with Objects. Paper presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual international conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and published in the ITAA Conference Proceedings.

Lafrenz, L. (November 2012). A Graduate Course Project: Incorporating Sustainability into a Fashion Undergraduate Curriculum. Paper presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual international conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA and published in the ITAA Conference Proceedings.

Lafrenz, L. (November 2012). Deconstruct then Reconstruct: A Sustainable Fashion Design Project for Graduate Students, Poster presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual international conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and published in the ITAA Conference Proceedings.

Lafrenz, L. (October 2010). Entrepreneur Interviews: Experiential Learning for First Year Fashion Students. Paper presented at the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual international conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Previous MRPs Supervised

"Beyond Commerce: The Fashion Magazine as Art and Theory (Ryerson, Communication & Culture - Thesis)" by Truc Nguyen. 2007

"Free Trade-Off: Globalization's Impact on Canadian Dress Identity from 1985 – 2010" by Jenifer Forrest. 2012.

"Market Analysis of Apparel Preferences and Consumer Satisfaction of Female Baby Boomers in Canada" by Jenelle Spadaro. 2012.

"Challenging the Fast Fashion Product: A Method for Use-Value Apparel Design" by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston. 2013.

"Responsive Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantage through Domestic and International Sourcing Practices" by Tarah Burke. 2013.

"Branding in Sustainable Apparel Companies: A Study on the Branding Strategies Adopted by Small-Business" by Elsa Mary Thomas. 2014.

"Moral Fibre: The Design Classroom as Locus for Positive Change" by Mark O’Connell. (In Progress).

Program Streams: 

Fashion Design

MA Fashion