Milan Shahani B.A, M.F.A.


Milan Shahani has worked as a Costume Designer for various theatre and film productions in Toronto and India. She has worked in New York City on Broadway and Off Broadway Productions as an assistant costume designer.  She has taught designers, mentored students through industry commissioned projects and provided apprenticeships for graduates. She has been on the advisory committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her applied research interests lie in designing garments for healthcare and particularly the differently able community. She has worked as principle investigator on an applied research project with University of Toronto, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy department and as a Principle Investigator on an applied research project with a private sector partner. She is a recipient of a federally funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant. As the Principle Investigator for this research project she is partnering with UofT on Adaptive Clothing for Persons living with Hemiparesis. She is an active member of the community advisory group at Toronto Rehab Institute: University Health Network. She is actively involved in bettering the life of stroke survivors. She has completed the “Peers Fostering Hope,” a training program for volunteer mentors, which is organized by the March of Dimes in collaboration with the Stroke Survivors Network.  Milan joined the faculty of George Brown College in 1999 and has been teaching here ever since.

Academic Credentials

M.F.A .Costume design, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 1996.B.A Psychology/Sociology, Bombay University, 1986.Diploma in Fashion Design, Sophia Polytechnic, Bombay University. 1985.

Areas Of Specialization

Illustration, Textiles, Costume history, Applied research

Areas Of Expertise

Costume design for film and Theater.

Career Highlights

1999-Present: Professor, George Brown College.2014-2015: Using Participatory Action Research to Develop Adaptive Purses for Women with Chronic Hemiparesis.2011: Costume Designer ~ Theatre. The Post Office (an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s play “Dak Ghar”) Pleiades Theatre. Toronto, Ontario, Canada2010: The Africa Trilogy, Volcano Theatre in coproduction with Luminato and Stratford Theatre.Canada.2009: Shakuntala Pleiades Theatre. Toronto, Ontario, Canada2008: Digital Installation. When the Gods came down to Earth. A Public Installation for Luminato Toronto, On, Canada. ROM museum.2007: Costume Designer ~ Film. When The Music Speaks. A music video for CBC and APTN television. Toronto, On, Canada2005: Metamorphosis. St. Lawrence University Dept. of Speech and Theatre Canton, New York, U.S.A

Other Activities

Contributions to Training: Supervised students in applied research projects, trained them in interview techniques, ethics application,running focus groups and administered the development of garments accessories for various research projects. Adviser; Independent study in Costume design. Mentor: Supervised fashion students as costume design assistants in research and design skills, understanding the role and collaborating with the design team of set,lighting and technical designers, interaction with actors, actor costume fittings,reading and understanding the script and characters.