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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.

Fashion in Song – Fashion Is Danger (2009)

This 80’s send-up is by New Zealand comedy team The Flight of the Conchords. FashionF-f-f-f-f-fashionF-fashionS-s-styleWarL-l-l-look look look I’m the edge, I’m the chic, I’m the tasteI’m a larger than life with just a hint of laceI’m avant-garde, I’m the heir, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Woodward’s Jingle

If you grew up in Vancouver in the 1960s and 1970s like I did, you knew this tune – the $1.49 Day jingle. I blogged about Woodward’s, the Vancouver department store that was in business from 1892 to 1992 a … Continue reading

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Grammy Wowzers

Like I said in the post about the Golden Globes, I don’t watch any of these shows anymore, but I do like to see the red carpet frocks and there were some real show stoppers at this year’s Grammys. Edgier … Continue reading

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CAFTCAD First Annual Awards

Last night was the first annual awards for CAFTCAD (Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts & Design). The national organization promotes, networks, and shares knowledge with Canadians involved in costume design in film, television and other forms of … Continue reading

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As Seen In – 1837 sunglasses

This painting of Nathanial Olds was done in 1837 by Jeptha Homer Wade and is in the Cleveland Art Museum. Olds is wearing shaded glasses, similar to this pair I recently found online:

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Basotho Heritage Blankets

Blankets featured in the film Black Panther were manufactured in Randfontein, a small mining town in South Africa by a company called Aranda Textile Mills. The company was started by Dr. Magni, an Italian who immigrated to South Africa with … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Sex Is In The Heel from Kinky Boots (2013)

The sex is in the heel even if you break itThe sex is in the heel, honey you can’t fake itJack it up ’cause I’m no flat tireMack it up six inches higherThe sex is in the heel so just … Continue reading

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2018 Academy Award Oscar Nominees

This year’s Oscar nominations for best costume design didn’t surprise me much because there weren’t many films to choose from – 2018 wasn’t a year for genres that lend themselves to costume design. I can only think of three other … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Newlands

Andrew Newlands was born in Scotland in 1840, and was married with two children when he immigrated with his family to Canada in the late 1860s. In the 1871 census he is recorded as working as the superintendent of a … Continue reading

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Contemporary labels worth collecting… Hoss Homeless

Privately owned by AT LEAST S.A., this Spanish women’s fashion firm is headquartered in Madrid. Founded in 1994 by Constantino Hernandez Duran, who worked his way up through the advertising business and fashion industry before starting his own company, originally … Continue reading

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