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.
MA Fashion, Ryerson University
BDes Fashion Design, Ryerson University
HBA Anthropology, University of Toronto
Phone: 416-979-5000Ex. 6443
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.
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.