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As Seen In – 1912 Paquin dress

French evening dress by Paquin from the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, and the cover of the May 1912 issue of Les Modes with the same model being worn.

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The 1912 equivalent of cell phones

Most movie theatres today request patrons to turn off their cell phones, but in 1912, the biggest problem was more fashion-related. Here are two slides from 1912 that were shown in movie theatres requesting offending fashionistas to doff their millinery:

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Patent Fashions – 1912 adjustable dress form

Simplex Adjustable Dress Form, Brooklyn, NY, Pat. Feb 20, 1912.  Patent 1,018,377 is for the adjustable knob on the top that you could dial to your size (arms mechanical push out the bodice sections to give accurate chest, waist and … Continue reading

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12.12.12 – Life in Three Centuries Opens Sept 22

Yesterday we installed our exhibition 12.12.12 at the Markham Museum. 12.12.12 compares life in 1812, 1912, and 2012 through social and pop history – fashion, transportation, and music. The show debuted in March in Guelph, but has been substantially changed for its … Continue reading

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Fashion and Reality – What to wear on the Titanic

This is a bit of coincidence… The colour photograph is of a mannequin we put together for an exhibition at a local museum that was hosting the R.M.S. Titanic travelling exhibition. Just recently I discovered this black and white image of … Continue reading

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12.12.12 – Life in Three Centuries

The Fashion History Museum’s exhibition ‘12.12.12: Life in Three Centuries’ will open January 21 at the newly renovated Guelph Civic Museum. The exhibition looks at life in 1812, 1912, and 2012 through news headlines, social history, and pop culture: In 1812, … Continue reading

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Who’s that girl with my grandfather?

I recently inherited a photo album that had belonged to my mother’s father after he moved to Vancouver B.C. in 1911, well before he met and married my grandmother in 1927. My grandfather looked nothing like me – he was … Continue reading

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The Shape of Things to Come? I need your thoughts…

The Fashion History Museum will soon be launching “12.12.12: Life in Three Centuries” An exhibition that will explore the history of 1812, 1912, and 2012 through contemporary styles of social media journalism: top ten lists, what’s hot – what’s not, … Continue reading

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