Category Archives: Fashion

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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Exhibition: Mode Canada 150 September 13 – November 10

The FHM Pops Up in Toronto with an exhibition for Mode Canada 150 – Then, Now, Next. Fifty garments from the FHM are currently on display in the new Yorkville Village in downtown Toronto (second floor overlooking Whole Foods). We … 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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Celebrity Fashion Brand – Betty Wales

A recent article about celebrity fashion brands brought to mind a number of names from over the past 150 years. However, a few names came to mind that are also not real people – Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 4, 5 & 6 in Old Montreal

Day two in Montreal was spent walking until chafed — mostly in Old Montreal. This historic area is a strange mix of beautiful architecture and tourist hell. Many buildings are empty of tenants and endless shops of ‘Canadian’ art and … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibits 2 & 3 – Musee des Beaux Arts

The Musee des Beaux Arts has created some phenomenal fashion exhibitions in the past. This is where the amazing Yves St. Laurent retrospective was launched in 2008, as well as where the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition was conceived and began … Continue reading

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Montreal in two days and six exhibitions – Exhibit 1 – Fashioning Expo 67

When the possibility for a few days away could be pried out of the summer schedule, Montreal came up tops as a destination. I especially wanted to see Fashioning Expo 67 because the FHM had loaned a couple of garments … Continue reading

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A visit to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM) is located in an 1860s woollen mill in Almonte, Ontario, (west of Ottawa.) The museum preserves early machinery, local mill history, and early Canadian textile history. Before I go any further let’s clear up … Continue reading

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Bill Sims – Celebrity fashion brand

You have probably never heard of Bill Sims but in 1918, he was the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy, and everybody knew his name. In the late 19th century little boys began wearing sailor outfits with middy tops – … Continue reading

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Fashion Faux Pas – Jeans into dresses

Cute idea or fashion disaster? A pair of high-waisted jeans turned upside down and contoured to fit the figure may look like a cute idea in this c. 1980 fashion illustration, but even with the fly undone, it is going … Continue reading

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