Category Archives: Other collections/museums

Esse Purse Museum does Swimwear!

This post is a little late… In 2016 we loaned these bathing suits from the FHM collection to the Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. I think they did a great job creating decade cases that put the suits … Continue reading

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Oakville shows blue jeans “From Workwear to Everywhere”

Oakville Museum has a great show on this summer “From Workwear to Everywhere” (July 19 – September 1, 12 – 7 p.m. weekdays, 12 – 5 p.m. weekends) at the Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre. This past spring, curator Carolyn Cross asked … Continue reading

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Head to Toe at the Niagara Historical Society Museum

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Niagara Historical Society Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake a couple of nights ago. Their current feature exhibition is called From Head to Toe and highlights some of the best fashion treasures from their collection. … Continue reading

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Silver Screen to Mainstream

When we were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago we caught a great exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibition focussed on American fashion in the 1930s and 1940s, especially styles influenced by Hollywood, although there was a … Continue reading

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Camping It Up On The First Monday In May

Last night’s Met gala event for their latest exhibition ‘camp’ was all about being ‘extra’ — tacky, over-the-top, cheesy, artificial, tasteless, ostentatious, exaggerated, and probably gender and age inappropriate… Needless to say, the fashions worn on the red carpet were … Continue reading

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PD Day in Toronto – Part Three – Italian Surprise

On our way back from the ROM we cut through Yorkville Village (formerly known as Hazleton Lanes), to get to our car, and discovered an exhibition of 60 years of Italian Fashion in the main rotunda. I had heard nothing … Continue reading

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PD Day in Toronto – Part Two – Iris Van Herpen

After leaving the Aga Khan at 6:10, we drove 40 minutes south to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), arriving with a few minutes to spare for the 7:00 start of an event featuring Iris Van Herpen (pronounced Eeris Van Hairpen) … Continue reading

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PD Day in Toronto – Part One – The Aga Khan Museum

Yesterday started off with me cracking a tooth on a piece of 12 grain toast (so much for whole grains being good for you…) After a trip into Toronto for emergency dental work, we had the rest of the day … Continue reading

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The Collectors – a visit with Lizzie Bramlett

About 16 years ago I met Sharon Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bramlett online through the Vintage Fashion Guild, and I have been an avid follower of her posts and blog, The Vintage Traveller, ever since. Kenn and I were especially delighted to meet up … Continue reading

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The Devil Wears Bata — Sonja Bata 1926-2018

Nineteen years ago today I left the Bata Shoe Museum. The reasons I left came flooding back when I heard that Sonja Bata died two days ago at the age of 91. In 2006 I saw the movie The Devil … Continue reading

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