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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 – Vogue (1990)

The ‘Vogue’ that Madonna sings about is a stylized form of dancing that evolved in the 1980s in the gay Harlem ballroom scene. The moves were based on the poses struck by models and actresses for fashion magazines like Vogue … Continue reading

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Glossary – Spinster

When the word spinster entered the English language in the mid 14th century, it referred to a woman who spun flax into linen thread or wool into yarn for a living. The job was commonly taken up by unmarried women … Continue reading

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Release the White Shoes!

Today is Whit Monday, a Christian calendar holiday occurring the day after Whit Sunday, which is the seventh Sunday after Easter. The date marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. The date became a holiday in Europe … Continue reading

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Max Azria 1949-2019

The youngest of six children, Max Azria was born in Sfax, Tunisia on January 1, 1949. He was educated in France and in 1970 began his career in fashion. In 1981 he immigrated to the United States and launched Jess, … Continue reading

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Film and Fashion – Ladies in Black

I rarely write about film costuming anymore, and here is a second review in as many days! Ladies in Black is wonderful. Wendy Cook did a fantastic job at recreating the sort of fashions worn in December 1959 in Sydney, … Continue reading

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Film & Fashion – Rocketman

Just saw Rocketman, and LOVED the costuming! Most of the stage costumes were unfamiliar to me but when I got home and read up, it turns out that all but a few of the stage costumes were original creations by … Continue reading

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Thirty Years of Fashion Scrapbooking…

I found these images online of pages from a fashion scrapbook that date from 1912 to 1945 (1944 is missing…):

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‘Da Bomb’ hairdo

I find it hard to believe it took 12 hours to set this hair – its just an upsweep, probably with a hairpiece slapped on top… 30 minutes tops.

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Daymac Robes Ltd.

Founded in Toronto as Dexter Robes Ltd. Nov. 24, 1941, the company‚Äôs name was changed to Daymac Robes Ltd. On December 14, 1944. The company closed in August 1985 but reopened in 1987, only to close again in 1997. The … Continue reading

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When it was illegal to change in your car…

I found this snippet in the July 25, 1921 New York Times:

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