Author Archives: Jonathan

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.

Fashion in Song – Pants, by Veggietales

This 2001 children’s silly song tells the tale of online shopping… Welcome viewers, what comes next? A pair of pants with stripes or checks Dig in your wallet, dump out your purse Who’ll be the one to buy the first…pair…? … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – VALI

Valerie Dubsky began her career sketching designs. However, when the communist putsch of 1948 closed off Czechoslovakia from the west, she fled her homeland for France with her husband John, and child. John soon received a visa for Canada to … Continue reading

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Azzedine Alaïa, 1939 – 2017

“Fashion is not a trend that you have to follow like sheep. When something is good, it’s good.”  Azzedine Alaïa Tunisian born Azzedine Alaïa’s love of fashion was fostered by his twin sister, and a French friend of his mother … Continue reading

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Six different ways to hang a watch chain…

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Fashion in Song – Fashion Killa

Released 2013, by A$AP Rocky — Warning, racial epithets.

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Catherine Parel

Russian born Yekaterina Bobrikova (Catherine Bobrikov) worked in the Jeanne Lanvin fashion house from 1927 to 1934. She set up her own fashion house under then name Catherine Parel at 11 Rue Boissy d’Anglas in 1936. She released two small … Continue reading

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Glossary – Skeuomorphism

A skeuomorphism (pronounced skyoo-o-morf-izm), is a word created by archaeologist Henry March in 1890 to refer to designs or details that are no longer relevant but still exist. In fashion this can include original design features that are still made, but … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Erdem Moralioglu

Erdem Moralioglu (pronounced Moralee-oh-glue) was born in Montreal to a Turkish father and English mother. He earned a B.A. in fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto before working as an intern at Vivienne Westwood. After receiving his M.A. from London’s … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Hugh Garber

Born in 1945, Hugh Garber left his native Montreal to study art at Hornsey College of Art in London. Upon graduation he worked as a cook in a kibbutz for 6 months before working at Patrick Barentzen in Rome. Waiting … Continue reading

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Sailor Tattoos Decoded

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