Category Archives: Canadian dress

Canadian Fashion Connection – Marie Saint Pierre

This past week saw two historical milestones happen in Quebec. The first was Montreal’s 375th birthday, and the second was the induction of Montreal fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Marie Saint Pierre graduated LaSalle … Continue reading

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Fashioning Canada Since 1867 article

The latest article about Fashioning Canada Since 1867: 150 years of Canadian fashions – Bill Doucet | Cambridge Times While Canada’s contribution to fashion may be somewhat underappreciated, there are garments that are internationally known. Take for instance a Russian group that … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – H.W. Brethour, Brantford

We were just offered some clothes from an old Brantford, Ontario family. One of the garments has the label ‘From H.W. Brethour, Brantford, Ont.’ so I looked it up and I was amazed what I found online — twenty years ago … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Fashion Prosthetics

In 2013, Ryan Palibroda and McMauley Wanner, who had met at the University of Calgary two years previously, formed the Alleles design studio. Their goal was to create affordable and accessible fashionable options for lower limb amputees using their skills in … 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 – Brampton Knitting Mills

We were recently offered a spool of labels from the Brampton Knitting Mills. I had not heard of the company before but with a bit of googling came up with a pretty complete history: John McMurchy founded J.M. McMurchy & Sons … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Hockey Mask

I know, the hockey mask isn’t strictly ‘fashion’, but it is worn and the styles change for both technical and aesthetic reasons, so in the broadest sense, they are fashion. The first recorded use of a hockey player wearing a mask … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Centennial Costumes

Perhaps the first preparation to commemorate the  American Civil War (1860 – 1865) centennial began with the publishing of McCall’s pattern #1759 in 1952 – identified as a “Centennial Costume”. More patterns followed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s from … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Cowichan Sweater

Bulky knit sweaters are unquestionably a Canadian fashion. Their creation has been the result of a fusion of European and Native techniques and designs that developed over the last century. There is some confusion over what to call these bulky yarn sweaters … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Canada’s Top Models

Canada has produced a number of famous fashion models, but until the 1980s Canadian models worked almost exclusively within Canada. As fashion became more international in the 1980s, so did the reputation of Canada’s models. Canadian-born Linda Evangelista, with her … Continue reading

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