Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. He previously taught fashion design in Australia for seven years. Timos creative practice is grounded in inquiry through patterncutting. From 2001 to 2004 he owned and designed for Usvsu, a menswear label in Sydney, selling in Australia, Italy and Russia. In 2003 Usvsu was the winner of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up award at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week. His research has focused on sustainability and particularly zero-waste fashion design. In 2009 he co-curated 'Fashioning Now' in Australia with Alison Gwilt; 'Shaping Sustainable Fashion', a book drawing from the project was published by Earthscan in January 2011. Yield, a survey exhibition of zero-waste fashion design curated by Rissanen and Holly McQuillan opened in New Zealand and New York in 2011.