Canadian Fashion Connection – The Style

The museum recently received this rare early Canadian copy of the August 1883 edition of The Style – a 4 page flyer of dress patterns (probably from the American pattern maker Butterick) published by Mrs. E. Guthrie of St. Catharines, Ontario. I am assuming Mrs. Guthrie carried the patterns, or made up garments from the patterns at her business. I found a J.S. Guthrie, manufacturer of corsets and fancy goods in the ‘Grand Central Block’ of St. Catharines, listed in the 1884-85 Farmer’s business directory – perhaps there is a relation. Otherwise I haven’t been able to find anything more online about Mrs. E. Guthrie of St. Catharines, Ontario.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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