Members of the Canadian fashion community reacted with condemnation to Rogers, along with former US President Donald Trump, citing lack of support for the BIPOC and LGBTQ + people.
On the morning of Saturday, May 1, Susan Rogers posted an Instagram story at her private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., With former US President Donald Trump stating that Rogers found herself as the grandmother of an angel Have posted. Canadian Fashion, members of that community reacted quickly with condemnation, citing Trump’s lack of support for BIPOC and LGBTQ + people. In 2016, a $ 1 million donation from the Susan and Edward Rogers Foundation established the Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute at Ryerson University to support emerging designers. Last November, the Foundation presented another $ 1 million gift to SRFI. But Rogers’ post seems to be Trump’s, so to speak, his previous financial goodwill.
Here’s what we know so far:
Suzanne Rogers, her husband Edward and two sons dined in Mar-a-Lago on Friday and took a picture with Trump at the end of the evening. Rogers wrote the caption with the photo, “A special way to and the night!” By Saturday afternoon, the outrage began to circulate online, with Rogers stepping down.
Toronto designer Michael Zofranieri reiterated Rogers’ post, adding the caption, “Will Canadian fashion accept this?”
The phone started buzzing across the city, with members of the fashion community expressing their disapproval on social media and encouraging others to do the same. The Ryerson School of Fashion also posted a statement, “asked Susan Rogers to enter into a conversation with our faculty, staff and students, Trump and his community discussed the effects that harm the members of the fashion industry, Those who are low-income are part of Black, Brown, Asian, Disabled, Indigenous, Trans, Queer, and / or other systematically marginalized communities. ”
The post was later removed and replaced with a message from Ryerson University, including the following: “We do not believe that social media is the appropriate platform to judge the actions of others.” It is also said, “We will be respectful to different viewpoints,” which does little to reduce the ire, especially among those associated with the Raison School of Fashion.
Ben Barry, Chair of the Ryerson School of Fashion and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, wrote on Instagram Stories with a message that Ryerson University’s statement “Raison’s words are not of me or our school,” of the School of Fashion. Referring to.
Various observers began to question the integrity of Ryerson University, and whether they are motivated by the Rogers family’s deep financial contributions to the school, including the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Members of the SRFI advisory board began resigning, including Hudson’s Bay vice president and fashion director Tyler French and communications consultant Lisa Tant.
Here’s where things stand after Sunday’s protest by Suzanne Rogers Donald Trump:
Toronto lawyer Anjali Patel, who teaches a fashion law course at Ryerson, writes a three-part letter to Mohammed Lakhimi, president of Raison University, and posts it on her Instagram account @anglitoronto. It notes that the guiding principles of the School of Fashion are inclusion, decolonization, and sustainability. She also encourages others to write to the head of the school.