Chair's Message

Fashion can change the world!

Fashion creates culture. It influences how we feel in our bodies and how we express our identities. It also influences how we value the bodies and the identities of other people.

Fashion is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Its production and consumption practices influence our environment, wildlife and the working conditions of millions of people.

At Ryerson Fashion, you will learn how to use fashion to promote body confidence, inclusion and sustainability. You will nurture your unique creativity and talent to design clothing, accessories and media (from fashion shows to apps) that create a just and fabulous society!

We wholeheartedly welcome and support students of all backgrounds, identities and bodies. Your unique experiences in life are valued in our classrooms, assignments and community. Combining your perspectives with our critical design education will help you create the fashion we need.

Since 1948, our alumni have taken their education at Ryerson to the fashion industry and beyond! They work in Canadian and global businesses, and they have also started their own ventures. But they are all fulfilling their dreams and redefining the creative industries.

I hope you'll join us at Ryerson and help us fashion a better world!

Ben Barry, PhD
Chair of Fashion
Ryerson University