Emily Risley

Emily Risley

Public Relations Manager, Skinfix

Emily lives in New York City, where she works as the PR Manager for the Canadian skincare company, Skinfix.

Emily Risley

Why did you choose to pursue an MA in Fashion at Ryerson and what did you gain from completing the program?

I chose to pursue an MA in Fashion because I wanted to gain more knowledge about something I have been interested in my entire life. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising from a school in the US, I decided to go to Ryerson for my MA. By completing the program I was able to understand Fashion in a far more complex way. I had never thought about Fashion through a theoretical lens before, so I am happy to say today that I completed what I set out to do – which was ultimately gain more knowledge about a lifelong interest.

What are your research interests/areas?

My research interest was looking at collections created by Alexander McQueen specifically those, which exhibited Goth and Fetish themes, and considering them through the eyes of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.

Where are you now and how has your degree aided you in your current position?

Today I am living in working in NYC. I’m the Public Relations Manager of a company called Skinfix Inc. I’m not sure if the program has aided me in my current position, other than it has allowed me to better understand the many facets of the beauty/fashion industries, which I work quite closely to.  I will say the program strengthened by writing and public speaking skills tremendously.

What item in your wardrobe could you never part with and why?

A Hermes scarf I found at a vintage store in Paris, and a set of pearls my grandmother received on her 18th birthday

Who’s your favourite fashion designer and why?

Gareth Pugh, and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Their collections are dark, strong, multi dimensional and they empower women on the runway the way Alexander McQueen once did.

What course did you most enjoy and why?

I don’t think I had just one that I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed them all. They allowed us to discuss important topics in a safe environment amongst a small group of people that were all genuinely there because they wanted to be.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d pass on to a student interested in applying to the program?

It’s a lot of work but worth it! In the end, you’ll be happy you were part of one of the few programs in the world that offer an MA in Fashion.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years and/or what’s your dream job?

Continuing to work in Beauty or Fashion…we’ll see! 

Emily Risley

Public Relations Manager, Skinfix

Emily lives in New York City, where she works as the PR Manager for the Canadian skincare company, Skinfix.