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Ryerson School of Fashion appoints first Distinguished Designer in Residence

Gerd Hauck, Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University is pleased to announce the appointment of one of Canada’s most preeminent women’s wear designers, Wayne Clark, as the School of Fashion’s first Distinguished Designer in Residence for a one-year term commencing August 1st, 2012.

Clark, best recognized for his glamorous and dramatic evening gowns and well-tailored women’s sportswear, trained at both the Alberta College of Art and Sheridan College in Oakville before heading to London, England where he apprenticed with Savile Row icon Hardy Amies as well as Ossie Clark. While in London, Clark also worked as an assistant designer for the film The Romantic Englishwoman, designing costumes for screen legend Glenda Jackson.

“We are incredibly honoured that Wayne Clark will take on this inaugural post in our School of Fashion” commented Dean Hauck. “He will provide invaluable insights into the world of fashion for our students as well as being an exceptional role model for them”.

On returning to Canada, Clark ultimately established his own company and name in the fashion industry. With designs that are strongly influenced by the icons of the glory days of Hollywood, Clark has become known for his dramatic use of fabric, cut, draping and this trademark bias-cut gowns. His designs, which have attracted worldwide attention, have been worn by such renown celebrities as Jane Fonda, Cindy Crawford, Rihanna and Sarah Polley.

In 2008, Clark was honoured for his decades-long contribution to Canada’s design industry by the International Fashion Group at their annual Night of Stars held in Toronto. That same year, the O’Connor Gallery in Toronto exhibited a collection of Clark’s illustrations Wayne Clark: Four Decades of Glamour during the city’s fashion week. Clark remains a constant in Canada’s fashion industry, whether it is appearing as a guest judge on both seasons of Project Runway Canada or participating in Toronto Fashion Week.

“Clark’s influence in the Canadian fashion industry has been immeasurable. His talent, passion, and dedication provide an excellent model for young talented designers to aspire to.” Stated Robert Ott, Chair of the School of Fashion. “Our students will indeed have a remarkable opportunity to learn and work alongside such an industry icon”.

In his role as Distinguished Designer in Residence, Clark will work closely with Robert Ott, Chair of the School of Fashion and more specifically the 4th year design students on their final year collection design boards. He will also work with other faculty in the School of Fashion in providing guest lectures for all fashion students.

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Johanna VanderMaas
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Ryerson University
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