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

Vladimira Steffek


Vladimira holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Ryerson University, Toronto, 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 is currently undertaking a PhD Degree in Management.

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.

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.

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 Award. Vladimira 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

Master of Business Administration, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 2014Master of Arts in Fashion Design, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, 2000Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, 1998Diploma in Apparel Design and Construction, Art College of Textile, Brno, 1994Certificate in Adult Education, Canadian College of Educators, Mississauga, 2012Certificate 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, 2014Fashion Show Slovak Fashion Night, New York, USA, 2007Fashion Designers Made in Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, 2006Fashion Design Match National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic, 2006Fashion Fair Anteprima, Milan, Italy, 2005Majne teg Project, Vienna Austria, Budapest Hungary, Sopot Poland, 2005Vladimira Fashion Studio Fashion Show, Collection "Klimt“, SAS Radisson Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, 2004Vladimira Fashion Studio Fashion Show in Castle Cerveny Kamen, 2003Fashion Show Slovak Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, 2001Fashion Show NONSENS, Bratislava, 1999


The Kent Chin Award for Graduate Achievement, Ryerson University, 2014Fashion and Bijouterie Designer Award, JABLONEX, 2006National Finalist: TOP STYL DESIGNER Contest, Fashion Fair STYL BVV Brno Czech Republic, 2004 -2005National Finalist: DESIGNER OF THE SEASON Contest, Fashion Fair STYL BVV, 2001-2003Instructor of the Year (Fine Art Disciplines), District School Board Bratislava, 2002Special Award, Mittelmoda Premio Award, Gorizia, Italy, 1999Collection of a Season Award, International Fashion Fair TMM Trencin, Slovakia, 1999National Finalist: SMIRNOFF Fashion Award, 1995 - 1998Excellence Award, tTe 6th Brother Cup Young Fashion Designer Contest, Beijing, China, 1998World Finalist: Mittelmoda Premio Award, Gorizia, Italy, 1998


Steffek, V. (2014a). BrightLane: Creating a Home for a Community of Entrepreneurs. Toronto, Ont.: Ryerson University.

Steffek, V. (2014b). The Future of Now. International Youth Design Exhibition. Beijing.

Steffek, V. (2014c, August). Extrapolating the Tenets of the Slow Movement through Analysis of Slow Fashion (Major Research Paper). Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont.

Steffek, V. (2015a). Creating a home for a community of entrepreneurs: a study of value creation within the milieu of business incubation (p. 634). Presented at the Scientia Iuventa. Proceedings from International Conference, Banska Bystrica: Faculty of Economics. Matej Bell University.

Steffek, V. (2015b, February). Vitajte vo Svete Biznis Inkubatorov. Moda Revue, 20(2).

Steffek, V. (2016). Folk & Fashion: The Embroidered Village of Cicmany Fashion Design. Presented at the BIFT/IFFTI, Beijing.

Steffek, V., & Schmidt, A. (2015, May). Made in Canada. Moda Revue, 20(6), 22–23.

Stefko, R., & Steffek, V. (2017). A Study of Creative Industry Entrepreneurial Incubation. Polish Journal of Management Studies, 15(2), 250–261.