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Fashion in Song The Bird on Nellie’s Hat (1907)

A vaudeville song popularized in 1907 by Helen Trix.

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April 10 – International Safety Pin Day

International Safety Pin day is observed on April 10 every year to mark the date Walter Hunt patented his safety pin. He called his invention a “dress pin” for the purpose of using it for dressing where previously a straight … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – In Our Little Wooden Shoes, 1937

From the 1937 film Heidi, starring Shirley Temple. Have you seen my new shoesThey are made out of woodSuch nice little shoesDon’t you think they look good?I can dance all aroundWith the greatest of easeI can jump from the groundTo … Continue reading

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CAFTCAD awards

Kenn and I attended the second annual Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) awards on Sunday night. We both served on juries to narrow down the entries for nomination. It’s great to see the industry … Continue reading

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As Predicted: Upcycling Inspires 2020

Margiela, and Viktor & Rolf both presented shows this week that picked up on environmentalism and sustainability for the fashion industry with collections inspired by upcycling. Although these avant-garde shows probably used no actual scraps or upcycling, the look opens … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – My Adidas (1986)

In honour of Sneaker Day (first observed in U.S. in 2016), I am posting My Adidas by Run-D.M.C. from their 1986 album Raising Hell. The song, unsurprisingly, led to an endorsement deal between Adidas and Run-D.M.C., which began a long … Continue reading

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Gerald McCann, 1931- 2019

English born Gerald McCann trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1953. He designed for Marks & Spencer as well as upmarket manufacturer Harry B. Popper, whose clothes were worn by the queen herself. In 1955, McCann was … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Fancy (2010)

I can never decide whether I should include these types of contemporary songs in the Fashion in Song blogs. I admit I am not a rap fan because I don’t think it’s music – I consider it spoken word. The … Continue reading

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German Knitwear Manufacturer Bleyle

I recently found this boy’s knitted suit in an antique mall and was happy to find lots of information about its German manufacturer – Bleyle. Thirty-five year old Austrian-born Wilhelm Bleyle bought a knitting machine in 1885 to make knitted … Continue reading

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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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