Vladimira Steffek, MBA, MA.Art, BA.Art

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Vladimira Steffek,
MBA, MA.Art, BA.Art


Dr. Vladimira Steffek is a Professor in the School of Fashion and Jewelry at George Brown College. Vladimira holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Ryerson University, Toronto, a PhD Degree in Management from University of Presov, a Master of Arts in Fashion Design Degree (MFA), a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design Degree (BA) from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava (AFAD), and a Diploma in Apparel Design and Construction from the Art College of Textile in Brno, as well as a Teaching Certificate in Adult Education from Canadian College of Educators. She studied Textile Design at Aalto University in Helsinki as a Government of Finland Scholarship recipient and the High Fashion pattern-making techniques at Academia Koefia in Rome as a winner of Mittelmoda Award.

She has held various fashion industry positions in Europe before coming to Canada. As a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Vladimira has presented her work in Italy, China, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the USA, Czechia, and Slovakia. She savored the challenges of being a Fashion Educator, Consultant, Fashion Stylist and Costume Designer for large-scale TV shows, as well as a Fashion Magazine Editor. At this capacity she attended Paris Haute Couture Fashion Weeks and Roma Alta Moda Fashion Weeks.

With a background in fashion design and business management, Vladimira specializes in researching sustainable fashion in the context of local and circular economies in both Canada and Europe. Her research focuses on how sustainable practices impact the behaviour and attitudes of diverse segments and how they can be put into practice. Dr. Steffek has been a key member of the applied research project team involved with fashion, textile, and apparel manufacturing partners “LIFT: Leading through Innovation in Fashion Technologies”. This $1M project has been supported via infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Her current research projects include a cross-cultural study on adoption of the sustainable concept of slow fashion with partners from Canada, South Africa and China, The International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes Conference (IFFTI), and the 2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) program. She is a winner of the Kent Chin Award 2014 for Graduate Achievement at Ryerson University, the 6th Brother Cup in Beijing, China, Mittelmoda Premio in Gorizia, Italy, Jablonex 2006 in Czech Republic, Collection of the Season, Slovak Republic, and the Instructor of the Year in Fine Arts Disciplines.

Vladimira has taught undergraduate courses at Ryerson University and joined George Brown College in 2015 where she teaches a variety of fashion management and fashion industry courses.

Academic Credentials

PhD Degree in Management, Faculty of Management, University of Presov

Master of Business Administration, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 2014

Master of Arts in Fashion Design, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, 2000

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, 1998

Diploma in Apparel Design and Construction, Art College of Textile, Brno, 1994

Certificate in Adult Education, Canadian College of Educators, Mississauga, 2012

Certificate of Teaching Qualification, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, 1997

Areas of Specialization

Fashion Management

Fashion Entrepreneurship and Finance

Fashion Case Studies

Store Design

Areas of Expertise

Retail Management

Visual Merchandising

Apparel Design

Fashion Shows

Fine Arts Disciplines

Career Highlights

2015-Present: Professor, George Brown College, School of Fashion & Jewellery and Centre for Business, Toronto.

2016: Lecturer, Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, Ryerson University, Toronto.

2014-2015: Research Assistant, Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, Ryerson University, Toronto.

2008-2013: Designer/General Manager, Steffek Design Toronto.

2003-2008: Designer/General Manager, Vladimira Fashion Design, Bratislava.

2005-2007: Costume Designer and Head Stylist, Slovak Television, Bratislava.

1998-2003: Professor and Guarantor of Fashion Studies, Art School of Fashion, Bratislava.

Other Activities

The Future of Now’ International Youth Designer Exhibition, Beijing, China, 2014

Fashion Show Slovak Fashion Night, New York, USA, 2007

Fashion Designers Made in Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, 2006

Fashion Design Match National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic, 2006

Fashion Fair Anteprima, Milan, Italy, 2005

Majne teg Project, Vienna Austria, Budapest Hungary, Sopot Poland, 2005

Vladimira Fashion Studio Fashion Show, Collection "Klimt“, SAS Radisson Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, 2004

Vladimira Fashion Studio Fashion Show in Castle Cerveny Kamen, 2003

Fashion Show Slovak Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, 2001

Fashion Show NONSENS, Bratislava, 1999


The Kent Chin Award for Graduate Achievement, Ryerson University, 2014

Fashion and Bijouterie Designer Award, JABLONEX, 2006

National Finalist: TOP STYL DESIGNER Contest, Fashion Fair STYL BVV Brno Czech Republic, 2004 -2005

National Finalist: DESIGNER OF THE SEASON Contest, Fashion Fair STYL BVV, 2001-2003

Instructor of the Year (Fine Art Disciplines), District School Board Bratislava, 2002

Special Award, Mittelmoda Premio Award, Gorizia, Italy, 1999

Collection of a Season Award, International Fashion Fair TMM Trencin, Slovakia, 1999

National Finalist: SMIRNOFF Fashion Award, 1995 - 1998

Excellence Award, tTe 6th Brother Cup Young Fashion Designer Contest, Beijing, China, 1998

World Finalist: Mittelmoda Premio Award, Gorizia, Italy, 1998