Category Archives: Fashion

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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I had this weird dream….

Queen Elizabeth and Anna Wintour were at this fashion show and the models were all wearing mismatched flower printed dresses with motorcycle helmets… Turns out it was true. Yesterday, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II presented the inaugural Award for British Design to … Continue reading

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Fadshions – The first Onesie?

Lizzie Bramlett recently did a post about pyjamas, citing 1912 as the earliest reference she has found to date for their sale in catalogues. This predates the c. 1917 date when they begin to show up more often in catalogues … Continue reading

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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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An Old Fashioned museum – Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario

A while back we visited the Huronia Museum in Midland, Ontario. It was an unexpected treat because it’s an old fashioned museum – and I mean that in a nice way. It’s not all push buttons and dioramas with cut-out … 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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That time Chanel went to Hollywood…

On January 19, 1931, the New York Times reported film producer Samuel Goldwyn’s announcement: “After more than three years of constant effort, I have at last persuaded Madame Gabrielle Chanel, fashion dictator, to go to Hollywood to co-operate with me … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Golden Lion, 1847 – 1898

English-born Robert Walker moved to York (Toronto) in 1829 and by 1836 was operating a dry goods store on King street. By 1847 he had built a stone-fronted store and two years later adopted a golden lion as its symbol. … 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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First Fashion story of 2018

Politics continues to make its presence known in the world of fashion this year. This past Sunday, guests attending the Golden Globe awards wore black in support of the ‘Me Too#’ campaign and ‘Time’s Up’ legal fund to end sexual … Continue reading

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