The Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change
The FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC) supports research and knowledge exchange that cultivates inclusion, equity and decolonization in the field of Fashion Studies and the fashion system more broadly.
Our work centres fat, disabled, trans, gender non-conforming, Indigenous, Black, racialized and/or other bodies that have been marginalized in and by fashion. Our projects use participatory and decolonizing methodologies to centre the experiences and ideal futures of these wearers and makers and to redesign the field of fashion for and with them.
Through research and events, our goal is to open up conversations about systemic injustices in fashion and foster collaborations between academics, designers, entrepreneurs and justice-seeking communities to shift misrepresentations and redistribute power.
The FDSC Team
The FDSC Team is made up of a management committee and research associates who work together to advance the centre’s mandate and research objectives.
The FDSC Management Committee consists of eight faculty members at the School of Fashion.
Current & Past Collaborations
Fashion Studies, external link is an open-access, academic journal in fashion that celebrates multiple ways of knowing and sharing that knowledge. It is published annually by Ryerson University’s Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change. Fashion Studies is available to all at no cost to readers or authors. The co-founders of this open-access, academic journal in fashion are Fashion faculty, Dr. Ben Barry and Dr. Alison Matthews David.
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