Rogers Fashion Institute at Ryerson University Embroiled in Controversy After Namesake Posts Photo With Trump

Suzanne Rogers. Instagram: @suzannerogerstoronto.

Two members of the institute’s advisory board have resigned after notable Toronto socialite Suzanne Rogers posted a photo with the former US President on Instagram. The photo showed Trump and the Rogers family — including her husband Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications and the Toronto Blue Jays — with the caption “A special way to end the night!” Online critics have pointed out that Trump’s values oppose those of the fashion industry, including diversity and inclusion.

A since-deleted statement on Ryerson’s fashion school’s Instagram page decried the photo, and called for Rogers to have a dialogue with faculty, staff and students to understand the negative impact that Trump has had on members of the fashion industry. Rogers has since issued a statement of her own on Instagram stating that she had no relationship with Trump prior to her meeting him that night. “No political statement on any policy was intended by the photograph,” she wrote.

Rogers has been referred to as the “fairy godmother” of Canadian fashion, endowing Ryerson’s Fashion Institute and funding Canadian designers like Greta Constantine and Sid Neigum.