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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.

Canadian Fashion Connection – Alan Cherry

For over 35 years, Alan Cherry was a Toronto fashion retailer known for his upmarket eye-catching fashions. His grandparents immigrated from Russia to Toronto in 1906 and began a dry cleaning and tailoring business. His mother started her own women’s … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Shoe Shopping (2017)

A Country song this time — Shoe Shopping by Old Dominion was released this year on their album Happy Endings. Some don’t last the way they should Some make you feel good for a little while And then you throw … Continue reading

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Film and Fashion: Tulip Fever

It has been a LONG time since I reviewed any period film costuming. I found dissing popular films stirs up a lot of controversy (I was not a fan of The Great Gatsby or Titanic…) however, I think Tulip Fever … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Great West Felt Company

In the days before down-filled nylon and double walled synthetic rubber boots, keeping feet warm in cold, snowy weather was made possible with thick felt boots. Felt is an excellent insulator, but only when the weather stays below freezing, its … Continue reading

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Fashion Faux Pas — Inappropriate Appropriation by Raf Simons of Calvin Klein

The Debrief recently uncovered a rip-off look at New York’s SS 2018 fashion week. A zippered cape-jacket with a drawstring waist ‘designed’ by Raf Simons for Calvin Klein looked remarkably like a line for line reproduction of Bonnie Cashin’s Body Container jacket … Continue reading

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Exhibition: Mode Canada 150 September 13 – November 10

The FHM Pops Up in Toronto with an exhibition for Mode Canada 150 – Then, Now, Next. Fifty garments from the FHM are currently on display in the new Yorkville Village in downtown Toronto (second floor overlooking Whole Foods). We … Continue reading

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Pierre Berge, 1930 – 2017

Pierre Berge, the driving force behind Yves Saint Laurent, died earlier today at the age of 86. Berge built the YSL fashion empire and went on to become one of France’s most influential figures in the worlds of fashion, art, … Continue reading

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Celebrity Fashion Brand – Betty Wales

A recent article about celebrity fashion brands brought to mind a number of names from over the past 150 years. However, a few names came to mind that are also not real people – Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 4, 5 & 6 in Old Montreal

Day two in Montreal was spent walking until chafed — mostly in Old Montreal. This historic area is a strange mix of beautiful architecture and tourist hell. Many buildings are empty of tenants and endless shops of ‘Canadian’ art and … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 2 & 3 – Musee des Beaux Arts

The Musee des Beaux Arts has created some phenomenal fashion exhibitions in the past. This is where the amazing Yves St. Laurent retrospective was launched in 2008, as well as where the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition was conceived and began … Continue reading

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