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About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.

Kenneth Jay Lane, 1932 – 2017

Kenneth Jay Lane took costume jewellery to a new level in the 1960s when his fake gems graced a new swath of sophisticated women, including the Duchess of Windsor. Lane was born April 22, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, and attended … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – I wear Speedos (2017)

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Smallman & Ingram

On September 8, 1877, John Smallman and Lemuel Ingram opened a dry goods business with six employees at 147 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. Aiming to serve the higher-end market with goods imported from Europe, ¬†Smallman and Ingram found success. … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – C. J. Grenier Ltd.

Jerome Grenier established his corset company in Montreal in 1860. Over the years the company grew to include bras and girdles, stockings, and swimwear – one of their most popular product lines was the Caresse bra. Since the 1990s, it … Continue reading

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Window Dressing or Museum exhibition?

I am not one to criticize French taste – I usually hold it in the highest regard. However, the current Dior exhibition in Paris is making me think that maybe they don’t always get it right. A trend has been … Continue reading

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Glossary – Welsh Comb

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, a Welsh comb¬†dates from 1796 and means using your thumb and four fingers to comb your hair. Considering most men had doffed their wigs by the mid 1790s and were sporting their own hair, which … Continue reading

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More WTF (What the Fashion) Shock Chic

This is an excellent example of a wearable art collection that presents itself as a provocative fashion idea, but is not intended to be taken as a serious fashion direction. These collections get far more attention than they warrant, mostly … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Blue Jeans

In Honour of the Canadian Tuxedo here are 17 songs about Blue Jeans for Canada’s Sesquicentennial: Venus in Blue Jeans, 1962 Blue Jeans, 2012 Forever in Blue Jeans, 1978 Dem Jeans, 2006 Blue Jean Blues, 1975 Baby Makes Her Blue … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Boogie Shoes (1975)

Released in July 1975 on KC and The Sunshine Band’s first album, the song also appeared in the the film Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Girl, to be with you is my favorite thing, yeah Uh huh, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour…

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