Category Archives: fashion industry

Glossary – Obroni Wawu

Obroni Wawu is a phrase used in Ghana that literally translates as “dead white man’s clothes”.  Many of the clothes donated to charities are sold to Africa, and Ghana is one of the largest purchases of used clothing. However, there is … Continue reading

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Overlock/Serger history

Although the overlock machine (aka serger) was developed during the 1870s, it’s difficult to find examples of its use in extant clothing predating the 1930s. The overlock machine creates thread loops for the needle to pass through, binding the edge of … Continue reading

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Fashion as song – Union label (1978)

Written by Paula Green and Malcolm Dodds, 1975: Look for the union label when you are buying that coat, dress or blouse. Remember somewhere our union’s sewing, our wages going to feed the kids, and run the house. We work … Continue reading

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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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