Sandra Tullio-Pow

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Associate Professor Program Director, Fashion Design Faculty of Communication and Design School of Fashion Toronto, Ontario stullio@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6528

Bio/Research

I am a fashion designer who transitioned into education and research. I joined the School of Fashion in 1995, and have taught textiles, apparel design, pattern drafting and construction as well as textiles and research methods. As I moved through my career, I recognized that fashion runways prese...

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Bio/Research

I am a fashion designer who transitioned into education and research. I joined the School of Fashion in 1995, and have taught textiles, apparel design, pattern drafting and construction as well as textiles and research methods. As I moved through my career, I recognized that fashion runways present glamorous clothing options and traditional versions of beauty that are not universally attainable in the real world and I developed a passion for human centered design, gravitating to projects where design can positively impact people’s lives. Much of my recent research has been collaborative, engineering clothing for breast cancer survivors, women with lymphedema, people with low vision and autistic infants. Ultimately, my goal is to improve quality of life for those with unique body shapes and special needs by creating apparel solutions that combine both function and fashion. My PhD thesis examined how to better assess people’s needs through the clothing taskscape, a methodology I tested by looking at people and their clothing environment in a hospital rehab facility.

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