Winnie Kwan, MA

Biography

Winnie Kwan has worked internationally in the Fashion Industry for multinational corporations and fashion groups for over 20 years prior to teaching at George Brown College.  Winnie held many senior positions and has travelled extensively for business and buying.  She has attended and exhibited in numerous fashion trade shows in many fashion capitals around the world. While operating her own retail and design business in Hong Kong, she served high-end store buyers as well as retail clientele. She was invited to teach and conduct training courses for lecturers in Fashion Buying, which led to her interest in teaching.

A passionate professor, Winnie inspires her students by sharing her industrial experiences and encouraging critical thinking. She brings new original ideas in teaching and student learning and pioneered to include hands on in-class activities to promote practical learning and creativity. Winnie teaches enthusiastically and use lots of real life examples to illustrate concepts, making classroom alive.

As a professor in the School of Fashion & Jewellery, Winnie participates actively in professional development as well as contributes in various programs and events, remains as a valuable member of the faculty at GBC.

Academic Credentials

MA, Design Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2004.BTEC Higher Diploma and BTEC Diploma, Fashion, Reading College, Thames Valley University, UK, 1985.Diploma, Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1980.

Areas Of Specialization

Visual Merchandising, International Trade and Economics, Economics, Project Management 

Areas Of Expertise

Retail Management, Business Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Buying, Visual Arts.

Career Highlights

2005-Present: Professor, George Brown College1994-2005: Managing Director1993-1994: Project Director1989-1993: Merchandise Director1987-1989: Design Manager & Buyer1986-1987: Senior Costume Designer1985-1986: Fashion Designer, Fashion Forecaster

Other Activities

Images Collector - taking photographic images of retail stores worldwide, display and visual merchandising images, art and design images during her frequent travels, sharing with her students to inspire their creativity in projects and in life.

Awards

Best Young Design Award, UK Nation Wide College awarding body, 1985.Knitwear Design, Finalist, UK knitwear design awarding body, 1984.Platinum Award, 4th runner up, UK Jewellery design awarding body, 1984.

Publications

Fashion Design for the Curious: Why Study Fashion Design? (Coauthored), Chapter 7, 2015