Parsons Paris

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Rissanen, Timo

Timo   Rissanen

Assistant Professor of Fashion Design , Fashion

Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

Office Location:

Sheila Johnson Design Center
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  • Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. He is a Finnish fashion designer, whose creative practice is grounded in inquiry through cutting. Having lived in Finland, Spain, Australia and the US, Rissanen is interested in global challenges with local perspectives. His research centres on fashion and sustainability, with particular focus on zero-waste fashion design. He sees fashion as integral to the everyday experience of living; creating a fashion system that enriches humanity is a task for us all.

    Recent Publications:


    McQuillan, H. & Rissanen, T. 2011, Yield: Making Fashion Without Waste, The Textile Arts Center, New York, USA.

    Gwilt, A. & Rissanen, T. (eds.) 2011, Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes, Earthscan, London, UK.


    Rissanen, T, 2013, “Inlaid Fantasies: the textiles of Andreea Mandrescu”, Craft Research, in press.

    Rissanen, T. 2013, “Waste not, want not”, Peppermint, no. 18, pp. 60-64.

    Rissanen, T. 2013, “Designing Lean”, Textile Toolbox, April 2013,

    Rissanen, T. 2013, “Fashion and Waste”, Magnifeco, March 13 2013,

    McQuillan, H., Rissanen, T. & Roberts, J. 2013, “The Cutting Circle: How making challenges design”, Research Journal Of Textiles And Apparel, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 39-49.

    Rissanen, T. 2012, “Design to Minimize Waste”, Textile Toolbox, November 2012,

    Rissanen, T. 2011, “How can fashion designers make clothes less disposable?”, Ecouterre, April 19, 2011,

    Research Interests:

    fashion design, sustainability, design

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