Berta Pavlov


Berta Pavlov has 35 years of fashion industry experience in the Toronto Fashion Industry and has been a part time professor at George Brown College for a combination of 20 years. Her expertise in pattern drafting in both flat paper and digital drafting comes from years of line and production-ready pattern development that includes fittings, grading, and technical sketches. Although her area of expertise is in womenswear, she has also worked on menswear, childrenswear and leather.

Berta Pavlov is a passionate teacher and believes in bringing out the best in her students by motivating them to achieve highest results in their design style and work. Over the years she has kept in contact with students she has taught in the past and follows their careers with great admiration for their accomplishments. One such student is Dr. Alexandra Palmer, the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator, Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the ROM, and Curator of the current Christian Dior exhibition. Berta Pavlov has worked with Dr. Palmer in a research capacity on the Christian Dior Exhibit in an extensive analysis of the processes and techniques used by Dior. It 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 work as well as the Zigomar suit, in cashmere and muslin/toile, and Delphine dress samples that are on display at the ROM Christian Dior Exhibit have been documented in a video called “Decoding Dior’s Delphine”. The Dior research project included George Brown College's graduates that Berta has taught in the past. In addition to the video, the pattern work and sketches of this research are documented in the upcoming Christian Dior book by Dr. Palmer to be released in 2018.

Academic Credentials

Diploma with honours, Program (Creative Fashion Program), George Brown College, 1979

Areas Of Specialization

Pattern making on flat paper format, digital pattern drafting and grading, fitting and pattern adjustments, draping, bridal and eveningwear construction and design, lingerie construction and pattern development.

Areas Of Expertise

PAD pattern software, 3D Optitex software, course outline development.

Career Highlights

2013 to Present: Professor, George Brown College, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology1995-2015: Pattern Maker, grading & technical illustration, Franco Mirabelli Designs Inc.1990-1995: Freelance Pattern Maker & Technical Illustrator, Hannah Coats, Hartman Furs, Indian Motorcycle, Braemar1987-1990: Owner of “Designs by Pavlov”, design and product development services1981-1987: Pattern Maker, technical illustration and line development, Westchester Sportswear1979-1998: Pattern Maker & Grading, Pant Man

Other Activities

Member of the Fashion Program Advisory Committee since 2013Started the George Brown College's Fashion Program Award for Pattern Drafting Excellence


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