Rosalia Kovarsky, MFA


Rosalia has vast Canadian and overseas experience in the field of fashion, ranging from manual and computerized patternmaking and grading, to spec development, garment fitting and garment construction, coupled with over 13 years of experience in garment production. She has been teaching students for over 28 years, 18 of which are in Canada on college and university levels. Rosalia has been a professor at George Brown College since 2008, and throughout this time has taught a variety of courses in the School of Fashion & Jewellery, also contributing to the course curriculum development. She has designed a Knitwear Product Development course and redeveloped an Apparel Manufacturing course for students at the School of Fashion & Jewellery.

Rosalia enjoys applied research. She has been instrumental in Scouts Canada uniform redesigning project, and a mentor for George Brown College’s Culinary School Female Chef Jacket design, pattern, grading, and spec development, a successful project that brought comfort to and earned complete approval of the entire Culinary School female population. The jacket is sold at George Brown College’s St. James campus store since September 2015. As part of George Brown College’s research in innovation and technology application team, Rosalia has been leading a textile lab equipment section. Rosalia is leading a Knitting Club, a recreational activity for Fashion students and faculty.

Academic Credentials

Master of Fashion Arts, apparel production and technology, Technological Institute of Fashion and Textiles, Kiev, Ukraine, 1985Hon. Certificate, advanced patternmaking & production methods, Shankar School of High Fashion & Textile, Ramat Gan, Israel, 1993Hon. Certificate, dressmaking, Technical Vocational College, Zaporozhe, Ukraine, 1978

Areas Of Specialization

Textiles, Apparel Manufacturing, Product Development, Knitwear, Block Making, Garment Construction.

Areas Of Expertise

Pattern Making, Block Making, Grading, Gerber Technology and Lectra computerized pattern/grading systems, Textiles, Apparel Manufacturing, Product Development, Knitwear, Garment Construction, Garment fitting and alteration, Evening wear and Tailored garments.

Career Highlights

2008-Present: Professor, George Brown College, School of Fashion & Jewellery2000-Present: Instructor (CED), Seneca College, Fashion Program, Health Sciences & Applied Arts2011-2012: Instructor, Fashion Design, Ryerson University2009-2012: Community course instructor (sewing), Living Arts Centre, Mississauga2007-2008: Senior Production Computer Patternmaker, Apparel Resource Group2002-2003: Fashion Program Coordinator for Computerised courses (CED), Seneca College1995-2007: Senior Computer Patternmaker, Weekenders International

Other Activities

Mentor: Development, fitting and grading of female chef jacket for George Brown College’s culinary schoolSupport: Research analysis & Redesigning Scouts Canada UniformMember/lead: Research and use of technology for a new textile lab at George Brown CollegeLeader: Knitting Club for fashion students and faculty


Author of instructional booklets for George Brown College’s Fashion Program courses: Block Making, women’s garments

Threading an industrial lockstitch sewing machine