Category Archives: As Seen In

As Seen In – Spring 1948 Dior

I acquired this Christian Dior dress for the FHM a couple of years ago from Past Perfect Vintage. It is from the spring 1948 ‘Envol’ (take-off or fly away) collection and is in a pretty petrol blue coloured silk. The … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Fishnet undies, c. 1970s

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As Seen In — 1940 Perugia shoe?

This shoe has always been a bit of a mystery to me. It is one of a pair I bought off eBay 10 years or more ago for cheap – I  think they were $30.00. What intrigued me at the … Continue reading

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Same fabric, same year, different designer

The c. 1966 dress and coat at right, from the FHM collection, is labelled by the Parisian designer Jacques Heim, but the dated 1966 fashion image to the left shows a model wearing a dress of the same material by American designer … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Presentation gown worn by wife of Ontario Premier

From the collection of the Fashion History Museum, this dress was originally owned and worn by Ann Ferguson, wife of the Premier of Ontario Howard Ferguson on the occasion of her presentation at Buckingham Palace. I have tried to find … Continue reading

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As Seen In — Nixon dresses, 45 years ago today

Nixon paper dresses were being worn 45 years ago today at the 1968 Republican convention, August 5 – August 8, 1968. Agnew and Romney supporters also wore paper frocks, but Nixon won the nomination, so his design was obviously the … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Wedge heeled mules

An American patent for a steel-reinforced cut-away wedge heel was granted in 1956, although similar versions carved from wood existed around 1940. While the style was avant-garde in 1940, and a commercial novelty in the late 1950s, by the early … Continue reading

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Absolutely Fabulous fashion story…

Last year Kerry Taylor auctions in London sold a collection of dresses that came from Joanna Lumley. Although I was unable to acquire an example for the museum, I thought the first hand story that came with these dresses was … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Marilyn Brooks goes Medieval in 1971

This green crepe dress with velvet bodice and tasseled panel was designed by Marilyn Brooks for Simpsons’ department store in fall 1971. The dress appeared in a full page advertisement in the Toronto Telegram on September 9, 1971 featuring all three … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Regola – 1949 convertible suit and coat

Last week when I blogged about Ellen Peterson I mentioned the patent she registered in 1949 for a suit design she called ‘Regola’, the jacket of which could be converted into a coat with the addition of a skirt and … Continue reading

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