Members of the Canadian fashion community responded by condemning Rogers posing with former U.S. President Donald Trump, citing his lack of support for BIPOC and LGBTQ + people.
On the morning of Saturday, May 1, Suzanne Rogers posted an Instagram story posing with former U.S. President Donald Trump at her private club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida. Since Rogers has positioned herself as the fairy godmother of Canadian Fashion, members of this community immediately reacted with condemnation, citing Trump’s lack of support for BIPOC and LGBTQ + people. In 2016, a $ 1 million donation from the Suzanne and Edward Rogers Foundation established the Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute at Ryerson University to support emerging designers. Last November, the Foundation made another donation of $ 1 million to SRFI. But Rogers’ message seems to have overtaken, so to speak, his earlier financial goodwill.
Here’s what we know so far:
Suzanne Rogers, her husband Edward and her two sons dined at Mar-a-Lago on Friday and posed for a photo with Trump at the end of the evening. Rogers posted the photo with the caption “A special way to end the night!” At noon Saturday, after outrage began to circulate online, Rogers withdrew the post.
Toronto designer Michael Zoffranieri was one of the first to voice his dismay on social media, reposting Rogers’ post, adding the caption: “Will Canadian Fashion Accept This?”
Phones began to buzz across town, with members of the fashion community voicing disapproval on social media and encouraging others to follow suit. The Ryerson School of Fashion also released a statement urging “Suzanne Rogers to enter into a dialogue with our faculty, staff and students to discuss the impact Trump and his community have had in further harming members of the community. low-income fashion industry, blacks. , brunette, Asian, disabled, indigenous, trans, queer and / or part of other systemically marginalized communities. “
The post was then deleted and replaced with a post from Ryerson University that includes the following: “We don’t think social media is the appropriate platform for judging the actions of others.” He also goes on to say, “We will respect differing points of view,” which does little to allay anger, especially among those associated with the Ryerson School of Fashion.
Ben Barry, president of the Ryerson School of Fashion and associate professor of equity, diversity and inclusion, hit back on Instagram Stories with a post that Ryerson University’s statement “is not Ryerson’s words nor mine or our school ”, referring to the School of Fashion.
Various observers are starting to question the integrity of Ryerson University and wonder if they are motivated by the Rogers family’s significant financial contributions to the school, including the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Members of SRFI’s advisory board are starting to resign, including Hudson’s Bay Vice President and Fashion Director Tyler Franch and communications consultant Lisa Tant.
Where are things on the Suzanne Rogers Donald Trump backlash on Sunday afternoon:
Toronto lawyer Anjli Patel, who teaches a fashion law course at Ryerson, writes a three-part letter to Mohamed Lachemi, president of Ryerson University, and posts it on his Instagram account, @anglitoronto. He notes that the guiding principles of the School of Fashion are inclusion, decolonization and sustainability. She encourages others to write to the school principal as well.