The Cripping Masculinity Team is made up of researchers, designers, artists, and activists based at Toronto Metropolitan University, The University of Alberta in Edmonton, Parsons School of Design in New York.


A photograph of Ben Barry taken by Akash Rai. He gazes off to the right hand side of the photograph and he has a slight smile on his face. He has short brown hair with a skin fade on the sides, dark brown eyes and white skin with a shortly trimmed brown beard. He wears a black leather vest that has shiny silver spikes on the shoulders, the collar and the lapel over a black t-shirt.



Cripping Masculinity is a project that I’ve been dreaming about bringing into the world for a long time. As a queer, disabled fashion educator, researcher and activist with low vision, I’m passionate about exploring how disability introduces new design and aesthetic possibilities into fashion. I’m currently the Dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion at X University (formerly Ryerson University) in Toronto. My teaching and research centers the intersectional fashion experiences of disabled, fat, trans and queer people and engages them in the design of clothing, fashion media and fashion systems. Whether I’m teaching a fashion class or playing with my dog Apple, I love wearing clothes that sparkle, shine and glow up the world. I graduated from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Gender Studies and from Cambridge University with a Master’s and PhD in Management.




I am a design anthropologist, researcher, and educator who strives to combine practice with research. The Cripping Masculinity project brings together my work as a design consultant and university professor with my personal life where I have lived disability from many perspectives on various continents. I am a migrant having lived in seven countries. Currently, I make my home in Edmonton at the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta (Canada) and spend time as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at Hasselt University (Belgium), the School of Design at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Brisbane (Australia), and the College of Fashion and Design at Donghua University (China). Across thirty years designing, researching, and teaching I have produced  hundreds of creative and scholarly outcomes including patents, designed products, exhibitions, and films. My work covers topics that brings together Critical Disability Studies with Design Studies and Material Culture often resulting in specialized product design. Notable projects include outdoor winter protective clothing for the seated client, wayfinding interventions for transportation systems for persons who are visually impaired and blind, and congregate living spaces for persons with dementia.


A Photo of Phillipa. She is a white woman with light brunette hair and blue eyes. She wears a green buttoned jacket and a black turtle neck top. She looks at the camera with a serious gaze while in front of a wood panelled wall.



I am a PhD student in Communication & Culture at Toronto Metropolitan University and hold a BA in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from UBC, and an MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons. I have always approached my work with a passion for social justice, advocacy and representation. My previous research centred the voices of transgender and non-binary identified models to uncover the multifaceted experiences of the contemporary global fashion industry. My PhD research expands on the social implications of the representation of disabled folks through fashion media, and explores fashion as a tool for social change.

Through Cripping Masculinity, I hope to engage in the advancement of intersectional disability justice while recognizing my own embodiment limits my ability to understand the lived experiences of others. Through this work, I hope to leverage my academic experience and professional experience in the fashion industry toward meaningful and long-lasting change. 


A photograph of Kristina McMullin taken by Michelle Peek of Bodies in Translation. She looks into the camera with a neutral, albeit a bit tired, look on her face. She has short dyed blond hair and dark brown eyebrows and eyes which contrast against her fair skin. She wears a black and white leopard blazer over a black shirt with white all caps lettering. Some of the lettering is obstructed, but the slogan reads ‘The Future Is Accessible’. Kristina stands apart from the out of focus background.



As an arts administrator (and academic in training) with an activist’s heart, I’ve approached the Cripping Masculinity project with a singular blend of academic, professional, and lived experience. After graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Communications, I spent the first few years of my career trying to discover how I could leverage my unique education to enact social change. In late 2016, I joined the team at Tangled Art + Disability, a non-profit arts organization that operates Tangled Art Gallery – Canada’s first access-centred Disability Arts gallery. It was through this work that I discovered how I could pair my lived experience of disability with my creative communications degree to be an agent of meaningful social change. Cripping Masculinity offers my activist heart a radical opportunity to further my endeavours to leverage my lived, academic, and professional experiences to create lasting and meaningful social change.


Jonathan Dumitra


I am an Austrian-Romanian design student at Toronto Metropolitan University. It is my firm belief that fashion is for everyone, and we all deserve to feel and look our best in the clothing we wear. I want to create clothing that is open and accessible to any size, shape, gender, and style. I’m excited to join the Cripping Masculinity team because I want to further expand my design knowledge, and help brighten the spark of systemic change that is growing in our industry. My clothing has no gender, and the only requirement for wearing something I create, is that you feel amazing in it!

I spend my spare time going roller skating, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and creating enticing magical adventures for my weekly game of Dungeons & Dragons. 


Aris Cinti


I am a fashion design student at Toronto Metropolitan University who is passionate about making clothes that are functional and accessible in addition to aesthetically pleasing. I support this interest by taking courses that focus on Mad studies, human-centred design, disability studies and psychology. Through Cripping Masculinity, I hope to gain new insights into how I can make what I create available and accessible to a broader audience in thoughtful ways that honour the human experience. In my spare time I like to be outside on my longboard, or inside playing games with friends and family.

A PHOTO OF Aris Cinti

Johnathan Clancy


Johnathan Clancy is a doctoral student at York University in the Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies program. Johnathan’s research uses qualitative, material culture, and arts-based approaches to examine how fashion objects interact with the performance and production of gendered, classed and racialized hierarchies.

A PHOTO OF Johnathan Clancy

Mia Yaguchi-Chow


Mia is an artist, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and actor. They are currently working at the Fashion Studies journal, the Asian Student Fashion Association (AFSA) at Toronto Metropolitan University, as a freelance graphic designer and photographer, and studying their MA in Fashion at TMU. Outside of work and school, they focus on illustration, graphic design, photography, and other personal creative projects. Topics and industries they are interested in pursuing professionally are gender expression and identity, sustainable fashion, music, politics, publishing/editorial, non-profit, and research/academia.

Mia enjoys creating work that fosters space for contributing to discourses, starting dialogues between themselves and others, and encouraging authentic and comfortable self-expression. These are a few things that connect Mia to Cripping Masculinity (other than their studies and working history at TMU) — Mia hopes that, by contributing to this project, they will help others enjoy the experience of cultivating themselves and sharing that with the world. When they are not busy working, they are usually thinking about something that contributes to a next project, playing video games, drawing, or writing. Mia uses their artwork as a way to learn about and express themselves, and wishes to make and contribute to positive change with their work.

You can find their work on Instagram at @bitchfits.

A PHOTO OF Mia Yaguchi-Chow

A photograph of Elsie, she wears a striped button down and smiles at the camera

Elsie Rebecca Osei


I hold a BA in Industrial Arts and an MFA in Textile Design degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. The African textile industry is very unique and diverse. I have always believed the textile industry has yet to be fully exploited and there is so
much room for improvement.

I am currently a PhD student at the Department of Human Ecology focusing on Material Culture. I have different interests in Material Culture, which focuses on people’s relationships with the things around them. It encompasses how items are
used, consumed, created, and traded and the behaviours, customs, and rituals in which the objects generate or participate. I am always fascinated by people’s attachment to things and refusing to let go.

With the Cripping Masculinity project, I hope to gain some knowledge in the participants’ lived experiences and how they embody their limitations. Cripping Masculinity research examines how
traditional masculine norms intersect with disability and other marginalized identities. By being a part of this team, I can better understand the challenges faced by individuals who navigate masculinity and disability, promoting empathy and inclusivity. Being a part of the Cripping
Masculinity research team can provide me with an avenue to make a meaningful impact, challenge societal norms, and create a more inclusive and equitable society for disabled individuals.

When I’m not getting tangled up in threads at my sewing machine, I enjoy year-round camping, film photography, ice/ball hockey, and cooking. 

A PHOTO OF Elsie Rebecca Osei


Photo credit: Kayla Besse
Image description: Eliza is a white, cis-gendered, noticeably disabled woman. She has brown short hair and in this photo, she is wearing a grey top, sitting behind a laptop, holding a microphone, and she is smiling.



Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Previous to this role, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, a disability arts organization in Toronto, Canada. Chandler’s teaching and research bring together disability arts, disability studies, and activism. This includes her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a SSHRC-funded partnership grant dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts in Canada. Chandler sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator.



A black and white photograph of Alex

Alex Peifer


I am grateful to be working toward my MA in Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design, where I also completed my BFA. As a queer artist, I feel strongly that fashion can empower every unique individuals and should do so without apology. I am very lucky to be introduced to Cripping Masculinity and contribute my own commitment to the arts and working with others. My personal research is concerned with the body – its sex and gender presentation. I am finishing up my thesis research currently, on the dress practice of male-identifying populations battling eating disorders – specifically anorexia. As with fashion, it is a subject of research historically scrutinized under the gender binary, and largely ignored.

A black and white photo Alex Peifer

A photograph of Maddie Hollamon

Maddie Hollamon


I am a multidisciplinary designer pursuing a graduate degree in Fashion Design and Society at The New School. In my work I seek to explore the nuances of identity and perception in connection to myself and the world at large. I have interests in sustainability and diversity/representation. I am very passionate about what happens when we, as individuals, have the power to create our own reflections in the world.

A photograph of Maddie Hollamon

[Image Description: A photograph of Michel Ghanem from the torso up, taken by Calla Evans. He is looking neutrally at the camera with a slight smile and his arms to his sides. Michel has short brown hair combed back and trimmed facial hair, and small brown eyes. He is of fair skin with olive undertones. He wears a blue button-down, collared shirt which is covered by a small, white, floral pattern. He is standing against a blurry green natural background, with a pink flower out of focus in the foreground.]



I decided to pursue a PhD in Communication & Culture at Toronto Metropolitan University because I wanted to continue engaging with Mad Studies in Toronto, an emerging field rooted in anti-psychiatry and Mad liberation. I identify as Mad, queer, and Lebanese French-Canadian. During my Master of Arts in Fashion at Ryerson, I began researching how fashion and costume design is a tool of identity-construction on television, and continue to write about this intersection and advocate for systemic shifts. My entry to academe was through a Bachelor of Arts in Art History at the University of Victoria, though at the time I thought I might end up as a journalist through my freelance writing. My role in Cripping Masculinity allows me to expand my understanding of the experiences of Disabled, Deaf, and Mad-identified folks in relation to masculinity and fashion. My own experience of dress has cycled through many eras, from a closeted awkward teenager hiding in oversized plaid and baggy jeans, to long flowy cardigans and skinny jeans, and now to cozy minimal sweaters and drawstring pants. Overall, I’m embracing my journey of learning and unlearning, and making sure that at the end of each day, there’s always time to put on an episode and cuddle with my cat Bramble.

A photo of Michel Ghanem

Image description: Rana is wearing a white t shirt and a blue jean jacket. She is wearing her hair curly and sitting outside.



I, Rana Awadallah, am a 24 year old disabled independent artist. I create art mostly about chronic illness and mental health through digital medium. My mission is to spread awareness of mental health and chronic illness. To let others know that they aren’t alone, to inspire people to embrace their truth, to get people talking about what matters. I am the creator of my own clothing collection on, The Metaphysical Collection, which is wearable artwork spreading the same message.  You can follow me on Instagram at rana2.0 for more art and to book commissions 

A photo of Rana Awadallah

A photo of Aankshika Bheem taken by Sasha Codrington. Aankshika is wearing a leather jacket and a black t-shirt. She has a necklace on and is wearing her hair straight. She is in focus in front of a plain background.



As a Fashion Communication student at Toronto Metropolitan University, my interest in the Cripping Masculinity project stems from a desire to be a part of a team exploring how to create a meaningful system of change. A system with the ability to engage and educate. At Ryerson, I seek out how my chosen mediums of graphic design and illustration can be used to participate in conversations seeking out an equitable industry. My visual arts background fuels all of my work which often explores how gender and the body is perceived and explored in fashion, supplemented with my interest in philosophy. For the past three years I have been an art instructor working with kids and developing an interest in how creativity is perceived and explored. The Cripping Masculinity project provides me with an opportunity to be a part of a team designing a system that can facilitate change within this industry, and contribute to a larger conversation on equitable practices in art and design.

A photo of Aankshika Bheem

Dylan Lynch


I am a mature student in my final year of the Clothing, Textiles, and Material Culture program at the University of Alberta. Throughout my university and lived experience, I’ve always tried to participate with curiosity, enthusiasm, inclusion, and empathy. Cripping Masculinity is a wonderful way to explore all of these characteristics, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. As an avid enjoyer of the outdoors, I know that the right equipment and attitude are essential to getting the most out of what we are passionate about. Identity, size, gender, and body should not be seen as hurdles to this enjoyment; rather, they are opportunities to employ design and creativity to ensure that everyone has a chance to live their life to the fullest.

When I’m not getting tangled up in threads at my sewing machine, I enjoy year-round camping, film photography, ice/ball hockey, and cooking. 

I plan to share my experience with garment design, construction, and alteration to help guide participants through making their wardrobes work for their bodies.

You can reach out @dylanjlynch

A photo of Dylan Lynch