Olivia Rubens is a contemporary eco-friendly womenswear designer with a passion for textile and knitwear design. Olivia uses dyeing, surface design, and knitwear design to create a story, and to make her sustainable pieces distinctive. She looks forward to exploring the possibilities in fabric design when she researches upcycling into woven and knit materials in graduate school to create her looks from the ground up.
Further, Rubens is working to battle the inequalities and harassment issues for women in the workplace. Rubens is working on this movement in order to continue an important and sensitive dialogue and a stronger unity and support for women in various industries in Canada.
Olivia Rubens grew up in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University in Fashion Design in 2015, with a semester abroad at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2014. She has placed and participated in numerous competitions, and most recently showed her A/W 18/19 line at Toronto Fashion Week in the designer showroom. She be attending the London College of Fashion as of Fall 2018 to obtain her MA in Fashion Design Technology Womenswear and is thankful now as a Fellow to be supported by the Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute.