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The Team

Portrait of Eve Townsend with a white sleeveless blouse and two blue and silver broaches

EVE TOWNSEND
Collection Coordinator

Eve Townsend holds an MA (2014) in Fashion from Ryerson University and a BA (Hons.) (2006) in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Saskatchewan. Her graduate research focused on the history of costume jewelry and its relation to the so-called democratization of fashion. In 2017, she co-authored a book titled Schreiner: Masters of Twentieth-Century Costume Jewelry, which was based on her MA Major Research Project. With a strong interest in material culture and object-based research, Eve looks forward to filling gaps within the FRC’s current collection and expanding it to include a survey of costume jewelry. 

 

Portrait of Tori Hopgood in a red leather jacket and black top

TORI HOPGOOD
Research Assistant

Tori Hopgood is a recent graduate of the Fashion Communication program and is responsible for all of the photography and graphic design within the FRC. She has photographed 450 objects ranging from 19th century bodices to Eaton's pumps with her images being posted on the online catalogue and social media.

Steve posing wearing a red beret, a red turtleneck and black and white checkered overalls

STEVE NGUYEN
Career Boost Student

Steve Nguyen is currently a fourth-year Fashion Communication student, specializing in art direction and graphic design. As a moodboard enthusiast, he's interested in utilizing curatorial practices that cultivate and recontextualizes forms of visual exploration. Steve looks forward to working extensively on developing engaging and informative content for the FRC that brings meaningful relationships between historical dressing and contemporary fashion to a new audience. In addition to his position at the FRC, Steve is also the current editor-in-chief for StyleCircle. 

Prudence posing in front of the Vatican City, Italy

MEKONGUE PRUDENCE
Intern

Mekongue Prudence is currently a fourth-year Fashion Design student. One of her favourite quotes is “Your history is your presence” by American essayist James Baldwin because it summarises who we are as people. She is interested in researching and creating a more inclusive and sustainable environment for fashion designers.

Alison Matthews David smiling at the camera in a green shirt and beaded necklace

DR. ALISON MATTHEWS DAVID
Co-Director

Dr. Alison Matthews David was awarded a PhD in Art History from Stanford University. She is a historian of dress and textiles, focusing on the nineteenth and early twentieth-century fashion, accessories and material culture. Her work intersects with multiple areas including medical history, criminology, and occupational health. Her creative work includes fashion curation, and she launched the journal Fashion Studies with her co-editor Dr. Ben Barry in 2018. She is currently the Graduate Program Director for Ryerson’s MA Fashion program.

Kimberly Wahl taking a selfie in the airport looking at the camera with red glasses

DR. KIMBERLY WAHL
Co-Director

Dr. Kimberly Wahl holds a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University, where her dissertation focused on artistic dress practices in Victorian Britain. In 2013, she published her first book: Dressed as in a Painting: Women and British Aestheticism in an age of Reform (University Press of New Hampshire). Current research examines the complex intersections between academic Feminism, and the histories and theories of fashion, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Past Members

Dr. Ingrid E. Mida smiling at the camera wearing a grey blazer and white collared shirt

DR. INGRID E. MIDA
Responsible for the Revival of the FRC

Dr. Ingrid E. Mida holds a PhD (2019) in Art History & Visual Culture from York University and an MA (2013) in Fashion from Ryerson University. During her graduate studies, from 2012-2019, she was responsible for the revival, curation and management of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection. Dr. Mida is the author of many scholarly essays and of two books including Reading Fashion in Art (2020) and the editor of The Journal of Dress History; she is a member of the International Council of Museums Canada, and board trustee of the Textile Museum of Canada. As a current research fellow at Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (MLC), she explores the intersection of fashion and art in the work of female artists from the New York avant-garde.

 

KATHY CLEAVER
Founder

Kathy Cleaver is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Fashion. After earning her BSc, MSc and MEd from the University of Toronto, she joined Ryerson University in 1961 in the Department of Home Economics (known today as the School of Nutrition, Consumer and Family Studies). In 1972, she moved to the School of Fashion, where she taught numerous courses including the History of Costume. Professor Cleaver felt strongly that there was much to learn from studying and researching objects and is credited as the founder of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection.

Career Boost Students: Hannah Dobbie, Teresa Adamo, Alys Mak-Pilsworth, Millie Yates, Jazmin Welch, Nipuni Kuruppu

Research Assistants: Avalon Acaso