Category Archives: fashion industry

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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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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Canadian Fashion Connection – Dry Goods and Style c. 1888-2008

One of the best resources for Canadian fashion business history is the publication Style – not the online millennial fashion site, or the British fash mag, but the fashion trade publication that was in production for over a century. It’s origins … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Imran Amed

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Imran Amed attended McGill University and Harvard Business School. Upon graduation in 2002 Amed moved to London to work for a management consulting firm. Amed started writing his blog, The Business of Fashion in … Continue reading

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Double Elevens label, June 1946 – March 1952

There has been confusion about this label that shows up in English clothing from the late 1940s. A discussion about it came up on an eBay chatboard 15 years ago. I said it looked like a place setting, with a dinner-plate in the … Continue reading

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A Wolf in Cheap Clothing

Trump’s clothing line is entirely produced overseas, primarily in China and Bangladesh. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, similarly has her footwear and jewelry line primarily outsourced in China.

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3D printed dress

It will be interesting to see if this ever becomes a viable method of fashion production or if its just an expensive technological novelty:

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French Confections – Early prêt-à-porter

It is often implied that Pierre Cardin was the father of French Confections (the early term for ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter.) This idea comes from when Cardin was expelled from the Chambre Syndicale in 1959 for launching a prêt-à-porter collection for the … Continue reading

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Styling or lieing?

In the early 1980s I had a weekend job at a vintage clothing store. One of my tasks was to change the front window display every week.  It was a small window – really only large enough for one mannequin, … Continue reading

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How It’s Made: Dress Forms

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