Category Archives: Museum Exhibitions

Another season at the FHM

We open for another year this Wednesday, March 15 with two exhibitions. In Gallery One from March 15 – July 9: Dior, 1947 – 1962. Ten dresses from the first 15 years of the House of Dior that illustrate Dior’s … Continue reading

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Toronto Historical Board collection

I was recently asked to evaluate a donation that came into the Toronto Historical Board (THB). They maintain a half dozen or so restored buildings around Toronto but don’t have a gallery to showcase their historical collection that can’t be … Continue reading

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The newest Canadian Fashion Museum – Musée de la Mode

I shouldn’t say newest, because the Musée de la Mode has existed since 1979, but under different names with different mandates. Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the community of Saint-Lambert, the museum was originally located in a typical seigneury … Continue reading

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The problem with museum acquisitions…

In my experience, fashion museums have three problems to deal with when it comes to acquiring artifacts: The museum is the last to know Museums are often the last place to be contacted. After grandma dies, every female in the … Continue reading

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Worshipful Company of Glovers of London

There are amazing collections in the hands of private connoisseurs, corporate collections and tiny museums that aren’t well known. I have been collecting links to their online sites for years, and now I am going to share. First up, the … Continue reading

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1856 contents of the Arabia Steamboat

Maybe not as old but certainly as rich as an Egyptian tomb, the Arabia Steamboat held stock for 16 towns on the Western frontier when it sank in the Mississippi River in 1856. After 150 years encased in mud some amazing … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties and yes, we ARE open!

Everyone keeps asking when the Fashion History Museum will have its grand opening… We actually are open but it was very quiet – no fanfare, we just unlocked the front door. The main reason we chose to not tell anybody that … Continue reading

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Big hair is racist?

I missed this story when it was in the news a month ago… The Boston Museum of Fine Arts had an interactive display where you could try on a reproduction of the kimono that appears in Monet’s 1875 picture ‘La Japonaise’, … Continue reading

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On our Way to Washington

We were in Washington last week, and although I was there for work I still managed to squeeze in a few museum visits… On the way down, our first stop was the Corning Glass Museum. They recently opened a new wing that … Continue reading

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Faking It at FIT

I am fascinated by this side of fashion and always thought there was potential for an  exhibition and/or book on the topic. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York thinks so too and beat me to it! Their online … Continue reading

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