Abby Gaskin is a fashion designer, fine artist, and entrepreneur and is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto obtaining her master's degree in Japanese language and culture. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York City originally as a Fine art major with a background in painting and drawing but after being exposed to the process of clothing construction, she quickly realized that fashion design and garment development was her specialty. After graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design, accumulating extensive experience in designing, creating, and consulting in design through her involvement in various New York Fashion Week shows, interning at brands such as luxury men's fashion brand, BODE, and even showcasing her own personal collection on the runway of Hong Kong Fashion Week in 2019 as a ReDress Design Awards finalist (the world's largest sustainable fashion competition), Abby was hired as a Womenswear designer at UNIQLO headquarters as a member of the women's knitwear and lounge clothing design team. At UNIQLO is where Abby was able to bridge her passion for studying Japanese and working in fashion. She then decided to deepen her study of the Japanese language at the University of Toronto in 2022 while working with portfolio clients, launching her notebook company Kanji Knit and designing custom garments for clients under her own label.
Masters of Arts
University of Toronto
I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese at the University of Toronto. Through a diverse range of courses and language classes, I am developing in-depth knowledge of Japanese language, culture, and society.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Parsons School of Design
I studied fashion design with a focus on sustainable fashion and pursued a minor in Japanese language at Parsons School of Design. Through hands-on studio work and theoretical coursework, I developed expertise in knitwear fashion, while also deepening my understanding of Japanese culture and language.