Carolyn Perry-Donnan

Biography

Carolyn Perry-Donnan has been teaching apparel construction at George Brown College since 1997 in the School of Fashion & Jewellery. She is a curator of construction techniques and if you put a garment in her hand be forewarned that she will turn it inside out to see how it’s made. She is always looking for new ways to deconstruct processes to provide students with a deeper understanding of this hands-on skill which has resulted in her abundant collection of inspiring garment samples. She graduated from the fashion design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where she was the recipient of the Abraham Karp Apparel Technology Award. While in College she started a women’s wear enterprise ‘Perry Originals’. Upon graduation, she expanded the company to manufacture and retail an exclusive line of women’s wear which she designed and managed. After 15 years she made a career change, moved to the GTA and pursued a second passion that of teaching while enjoying a much more family friendly lifestyle.

Academic Credentials

Diploma, Fashion Design, Fanshawe College, London ON,1982

Areas Of Specialization

Apparel Construction, Apparel Production.

Career Highlights

1997-Present: Professor, George Brown College School of Fashion & Jewellery1995-1997: Part-time professor, Fanshawe College, London ON1981-1996: Design and production, Perry Originals Inc.

Other Activities

Faculty Advisor - Creativ Catwalk Competition, Canadian Sewing and Needle FestivalFaculty Advisor – George Brown College Year-end Studio Portfolio event.Organized/supervised student production of Christmas bags for June Callwood Center

Publications

Instructions for Garment Construction Samples I and II, coauthor Christina Yu, 2005, ISBN 0-9733070-1-3

Instructions for Garment Construction Samples III and IV, 2003, ISBN 0-9733070-2-1