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 – Harajuku Girls (2004)

Apparently the ‘Harajuku’ trend (the colourful artsy way of dressing that grew out of the Japanese take on Goth in the 1990s and was named after a fashionable part of Tokyo) is beginning to fade in Japan. When the trend was … Continue reading

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Anne Cole, 1927 – 2017

I missed this in January: Anne Cole, the California swimwear maker died Jan. 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills at the age of 90. Her father, Fred Cole, founded Cole of California in 1925 – a swimwear division of the family-owned knitted underwear … Continue reading

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Fashionista – Count Alfred d’Orsay (1801-1852)

There have been many fashion leaders who never designed: Kim Kardashian, Twiggy, Madame de Pompadour, Jenny Lind, Lily Langtry, Beau Brummel, and Alfred Guillaume Gabriel – the Count d’Orsay. D’Orsay (1801 – 1852) was a French gentleman who married into … Continue reading

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1961 Fadshion – matching cars and clothes

Although these never went into production, someone thought it was a good idea to match your wardrobe to these Buick Electra 225 1961 convertible tops!

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Canadian Fashion Connection – H.W. Brethour, Brantford

We were just offered some clothes from an old Brantford, Ontario family. One of the garments has the label ‘From H.W. Brethour, Brantford, Ont.’ so I looked it up and I was amazed what I found online — twenty years ago … Continue reading

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Myth Information: It took hours to get dressed…

Great video by Priorattire that shows how long it took to get dressed in the 19th century – about 10 minutes…  

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The Squaw Dress

The term ‘Squaw dress’ is used to describe a two-piece dress with an aesthetic borrowed from the Southwest Apache, Navajo and Pueblo Native cultures that stretch between Tucson, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Similar styles known as Fiesta dresses borrowed … Continue reading

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British Wartime Fashion – Make Do and Mend

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Fashion Faux Pas – Leggings

I’m weighing in on the prudish site – leggings are not pants – they are footless tights and inappropriate for wearing outside in daylight unless the crotch and buttocks are covered by a top. 550 years ago, it was men … Continue reading

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Fashion Faux Pas – 2002

Fashion reached a new low 15 years ago when there was a hooker chic look consisting of overly tight everything with overly pointy-toed boots, laced up tops, low rise bell bottom jeans and micro minis or hot pants that looked like … Continue reading

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