The Ryerson University Fashion Research Collection was founded in 1981 by Professor Emeritus Katherine Cleaver and contains several thousand donated garments and accessories, the earliest garment dating back to 1815.
Primarily comprised of women’s wear, the collection also includes selected items of children’s and men’s wear that are available for design research inspiration or as evidence of how fashion was created and worn for material culture studies. In this way, the collection serves to support the School of Fashion's objectives of promoting heritage, diversity and innovation.
Just a few of the garments you'll find in the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection
The designer archive includes many contemporary designers such as Armani, Balenciaga, Dior, and Valentino, as well as Canadian designers such as Marilyn Brooks, Wayne Clark, Ruth Dukas, Pat McDonagh, Maggie Reeves, and Alfred Sung. The collection also includes ephemera such as fashion periodicals dating back to 1900, patterns and photographs. The collection is particularly strong in hats as well as mid- to late- nineteenth-century women's wear.