Category Archives: Fashion

The Perfect Dent

Anyone with a mild case of OCD can drive themselves mad perfecting symmetrical dents and folds (without creases or kinks) in soft felt fedoras. I thought maybe I just didn’t have the right touch, but if you look at 1940s … Continue reading

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Michaele Vollbracht, 1947 – 2018

Born November 17, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Vollbracht was a fashion designer, illustrator, author, and designer. I worked with him in 1999 when he was the designer for a retrospective exhibition about American shoe designers Beth and Herbert … Continue reading

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Kate Spade, 1962 – 2018

Born in Kansas City on December 24, 1962, Katherine Bresnahan, was attending college when she met her future husband Andy Spade (brother of SNL actor David Spade). The idea of opening a  handbag company came from a casual conversation the … 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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Acquiring Contemporary Clothing: Weston Wear, c. 2010

When collecting fashions from the recent past for the future, it can be a challenge to make sound decisions without the perspective of time that allows us to see the past more clearly. Since the museum was founded in 2004 … Continue reading

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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Carole Little

Mary Carole Lenski was born September 27, 1934. After studying fashion design in Los Angeles, she started her fashion career as a secretary at swimsuit maker Rose Marie Reid. She married her boss, James Little and by the early 1970s … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – H. V. Cowie Company Ltd.

The H.V. Cowie Company Limited was founded by 45 year old Hedley Vicars Cowie on March 6, 1922. The company specialized in manufacturing and importing menswear (dress pants, blazers, dressing gowns, smoking jackets, neckwear, scarves…) Initially located at 22 Front Street in … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Photographer William Notman

Some of the earliest fashionable images of Canadians come from photographs taken by William Notman’s studios. Notman was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1826 and became a partner in his father’s wholesale woollen cloth business in 1851. In 1856 he … Continue reading

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