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Centre for Fashion Diversity and 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.

  

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Consumer culture

Fashion and social justice

Fashion and masculinities

Fashion and disability

Fat fashion

Indigenous fashion

Design research

Design activism

Arts-based research

Cripping Masculinities:

Disabled Men’s Intersectional Narratives through Fashion

Year: 2019-2023

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding received: $229,999.00 CAD

Funded by: Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

 

Sizing Up Gender:

Intersectional Narratives of Fat and Gender through Fashion

Year: 2019-2020

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funding received: $6,973.00 CAD

Funded by: Explore Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

 

The Fashion Hackathon: 

Designing an Inclusive Fashion Industry with LGBTQ2S+ Youth

Year: 2017-2018

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding received: $6,989.37 CAD

Funded by: Special Small, Faculty of Communication and Design 

 

Bodies in Translation:

Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life

Year: 2016-2023

Role: Co-Investigator

Funding received: $2,499,684 CAD

Funded by: Partnership Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

 

Refashioning Masculinity, external link:

The Use of Fashion to Deconstruct and Reimagine Men’s Gendered Identities 

Year: 2014-2016

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding received: $61,608.00 CAD

Funded by: Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Refashioning Masculinity:

 

Man in the Mirror: An Exploratory Study of Men’s Consumer Response to Diverse Male Fashion Models

Year: 2014-2016

Role: Principal Investigator

Funding received: $6,973.40 CAD

Funded by: SIG, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

 

Director of the Fashion Diversity and Social Change Lab

Ben Barry - Direction of the Fashion Diversity and Social Change Lab

As a fashion educator, researcher and activist, I strive to intervene into the fashion system and redesign it to centre inclusion and decolonization – creating a future in which bodies that are currently stigmatized and excluded are instead valued and desired. As a teacher and supervisor, I work with students to confront, resist and transform the fashion system’s narrow ideas and ideals about the body as well as the hierarchical and exclusionary fashion design process. My research program centres the intersectional experiences of disabled, fat, trans, queer and gender nonconforming people and collaborates with them to co-design clothing and media. I also serve as co-Editor of Fashion Studies (with Alison Matthews David) and Director of the FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change. Before becoming faculty, I started the first inclusive modeling agency in the world; for this work, I was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for advancing gender equality in Canada.