• Timo Rissanen

    Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability

    Office Location:

    Sheila Johnson Design Center


    Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons School of Design. He is an Australian-trained Finnish fashion designer, whose design practice is grounded in creative approaches to pattern cutting. His research centers on fashion and sustainability, where fashion is integral to the everyday experience of living. Creating a fashion system that enriches humanity is a task for us all.

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. (Design) University of Technology Sydney

    B.Design (Fashion & Textiles) University of Technology Sydney

    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, user-centered design, crafts

    Current Courses:

    Specialized Studio 1:

    Specialized Studio 2: (Open Campus)

    Fashioning Micro Utopias