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Sustainability Professor Joins the Fashion School

Written by Gretchen Harnick | Feb 02, 2010.

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Commencing in January 2010, Timo Rissanen joined Parsons The New School for Design as Assistant Professor in Fashion Design and Sustainability. His previous position was Lecturer in Fashion Design at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where he taught fashion design for seven years. From 2001 to 2004 he owned and designed for Usvsu, a menswear label in Sydney, selling in Australia, Italy and Russia. In 2003 Usvsu was the winner of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up award at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week. Timo’s fashion design practice is characterized by inquisitive patternmaking and cutting, with particular focus on fabric waste elimination through design.

Rissanen is currently completing a PhD in sustainable fashion design. The project is titled Fashion Creation Without Fabric Waste Creation. Rissanen presented a collection of menswear from the project in Bad Dogs, an exhibition in Sydney in 2008. Rissanen has presented at several international conferences and contributed a chapter to Sustainable Fashion. Why Now? (Fairchild Books, 2008). In 2009 he co-curated Fashioning Now at UTS with Alison Gwilt; a book drawing from the project will be published during 2010.

At Parsons Rissanen will be working with the BFA Fashion Design, AAS Fashion Design, AAS Fashion Marketing and MFA Fashion Design and Society programs within the School of Fashion. He is also contributing to a number of projects with external partners. Rissanen is available for consultation with students whose interests or projects somehow address sustainability in fashion design. He can be contacted by email on rissanet@newschool.edu and he has offices at midtown (room 507, 560 Seventh Avenue) or downtown (room 606, 2 West 13th Street).

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