With 35 years experience in the Toronto Fashion Industry and has been a part time professor at George Brown College. She has worked as a patternmaker in both flat paper pattern drafting and digital pattern development. The range of her pattern drafting has been for both line development and production ready patterns, as a patternmaker her duties also included; fitting analysis, grading and technical sketches.
In addition to teaching, she has developed courses for the new post grad Apparel Technical Design program, which involves a collection development on a digital format.
She has done research on the ROM’s Christian Dior Exhibit, in an extensive analysis of the processes and techniques used by Christian Dior, haute couture collections, 1947-1957. This involved sketching, measuring, pattern analysis on a 2D and 3D development as well as the cutting and sewing of two unique and iconic vintage Dior pieces. This research has been documented in a video called, “Decoding Dior’s Delphine”. The samples made included the Zigomar suit, and muslin/toile, and the Delphine dress which were displayed in the ROM during the Christian Dior Exhibit 2017-2018. The documented pattern work and sketches of this research is included in the Christian Dior History & Modernity book by Dr. Alexandra Palmer and published by the Royal Ontario Museum, 2018.
This presentation is based on the research done for the ROM’s Christian Dior exhibition, specifically the ROM’s collection of Christian Dior haute couture, from 1947-1957, the research involved in-depth analyses of the brilliant designer’s complex processes and techniques. The presentation will outline the process used in decoding the iconic pieces in the research such as […]