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Join us in celebrating the inaugural issue of Fashion Studies, the first open-access journal in the trans-disciplinary field of fashion.

To celebrate the launch, a panel of fashion experts will be moderated by Dr. Ben Barry and Dr. Alison Matthews David, co-editors.

Refreshments will be served and photographs will be taken throughout the evening.

If you require accessibility accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event, please contact fashionsocialchange@ryerson.ca

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Charlene K. Lau is a New York-based art historian, art critic and cultural worker. She has fourteen years of professional experience working in Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom with artists including David Claerbout and in art institutions such as Canadian Art, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, White Cube, and Vtape. Charlene has been a curatorial assistant at the Textile Museum of Canada, and has held teaching positions at the Parsons School of Design, Ryerson University, Western University and York University. Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Fashion Theory, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and PUBLIC.

Charlene's research interests include the historical and contemporary avant-garde in art and fashion, the Gesamtkunstwerk, art criticism, politically-engaged practices, and the pornographic. She is a faculty member in the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons School of Design, and a 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at Performa. Charlene received a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University, an MA in the History and Culture of Fashion from the London College of Fashion, and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.

Kathryn Church is two-term director and Associate Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Her research connects dilemmas of everyday life with arts-informed communication of knowledge, often through exhibition. Her curatorial projects include two award-winning exhibits with national circulation: Fabrications: Stitching Ourselves Together, an inquiry into the domestic design and construction of wedding dresses in western Canada, and Out from Under (with Frazee and Panitch), an activist disability history created from collective storying of 13 ordinary objects. She collaborated on the research team (J. Lapum PI) for The 7,024th Patient, an exhibit that conveys experiences of open-heart surgery and recovery. Kathryn is currently preoccupied with the activist/administrative work of sustaining Disability Studies in the neo-liberal university.

Lesley Hampton is a Canadian First Nations designer, founder, and creative director of her namesake label. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, with a specialty in Art and Art History, and her Ontario College Diploma in Fashion Techniques and Design with Honours from George Brown College. Lesley combines her studio and art history educational background with her ever growing technical skills to develop progressive and inspirational collections, which have been worn by the likes of Cheryl Hickey, Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), and Penny Oleksiak. The brand strives to be diverse both in design and on the runway, showcasing women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to represent her label. She was recognized by the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards with her nomination for the 2018 Simons Fashion Design Student Award.

Kisha McPherson is a faculty member in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Centennial College in Toronto, researching and teaching courses in the fields of cultural studies, media and social justice. Kisha is currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Education at York University, focusing the impact of media and contemporary representations of Blackness and development of identity, perceptions, and well being of Black girls. Kisha’s latest project Akeelah’s Room is an online platform developed for and creatively led by Black girls to address the limited and misrepresentations of Black women and girls online."

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