Alison Matthews David

Associate Professor, Status Only, Department of Art History, University of Toronto; Associate Professor, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design, Toronto Metropolitan University


Areas of Interest

  • Ethics in fashion
  • Fashion curation
  • Gender studies
  • Material culture


After being awarded her PhD in Art History from Stanford University for a thesis on tailoring and technology in nineteenth-century Paris, Prof. Matthews David started teaching at the Winchester School of Art/University of Southampton in the UK and came to Ryerson in 2006. She works on dress and fashion because it opens so many different windows on the world, both past and present, and it touches everyone physically and emotionally.


PhD, Stanford University, Art History
MA, Stanford University, Art History
BA Joint Honours, McMaster University, Classics and Art History