The Centre for Fashion, Diversity & Social Change
The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) at Ryerson University draws on creative fashion mediums to collect, extend, analyze and share research to fuel diversity & social change.
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The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) fosters an inclusive, decolonized and sustainable fashion system through research and education.


Fashion connects our bodies to the land, water and sky, and it connects us to ourselves and each other.

The twenty-first century fashion system is undergoing transformation that requires us to shift practices, worldviews and power. Inclusion, decolonization and sustainability are mindsets and actions that are required for continued success in this field.

Through research projects and knowledge exchange, the FDSC produces new insights to help lead the fashion industry in this new era. Our work brings researchers into conversation and collaboration with designers, entrepreneurs, artists and wearers to foster an inclusive, decolonized and sustainable fashion system.

Fashioning Reconciliation is a journey to share truths about the role of clothing in colonization and help organize the Indigenous design industry for cultural resurgence.


The FDSC aims to subvert dominant narratives within fashion by utilizing practice-led research. These projects are only the beginning.

Management Committee

Ben Barry
Founding Director, Chair of the School of Fashion, Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Alison Matthews David
Associate Professor
Colleen Schindler-Lynch
Designer, illustrator and Assistant Professor
Robert Ott
Associate Professor
Sandra Tullio-Pow
Designer and Associate Professor
Kimberly Wahl
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the MA Fashion program at the School of Fashion