|Centre||Arts, Design and Information Technology|
|Schools||School of Fashion and Jewellery|
|Office Address||160 Kendal Ave, Room C466|
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.
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
Merchandising, International Trade and Economics, Economics, Project Management
Areas Of Expertise
Retail Management, Business Management, Fashion Design,
Fashion Buying, Visual Arts.
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
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.
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.
Fashion Design for the Curious: Why Study Fashion
Design? (Coauthored), Chapter 7, 2015