Tag Archives: 1980s

WHAM, Slogan T-shirts, and Katherine Hamnett

Although George Michael (1963 – 2016) was not a fashion designer, he was influential in bringing success to English designer Katharine Hamnett. The 32-year-old English born Hamnett was a graduate of London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art when she founded her label in … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties Fashion Film Festival

Every Friday night at 7 p.m. from August 14 – November 20, the Fashion History Museum (74 Queen Street East) is screening a free fashion film essential from the 1980s to accompany our feature exhibition ‘Back to the Eighties’. The series … 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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Fred Slatten (1922 – 2015)

There was a wave of innovative shoe designers who all opened their businesses in about 1970. In London it was Terry de Havilland, in Vancouver it was Peter Fox and John Fluevog, in Toronto it was Master John, and in Los … Continue reading

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Elio Fiorucci (1935 – 2015)

In 1979’s The Greatest Dancer, Sister Sledge sang “He wears the finest clothes, the best designers, heaven knows, from his head down to his toes – Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci…” Although I don’t believe Fiorucci ever made or sold men’s clothes, … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties…

The Fashion History Museum’s inaugural exhibition at our new gallery in the former Hespeler post office (74 Queen Street East) in Cambridge, will be all about the 1980s. This show will explore 80s fashion in a thematic survey under topics such … Continue reading

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Let’s go the the Mall

Something foolish for April Fool’s Day! I don’t watch How I Met Your Mother so I only found out aboot this spoof video a couple of days ago (apparently it was done in 2011.) The costuming is pretty good!

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It’s HIS fault – Koos’ Cosby sweaters

I can’t say I ever loved those kooky sweaters made famous by Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable, even though I did buy a knock-off of one in fall 1987 and wore it that winter before coming to my senses. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Marci Lipman

Marci Lipman (born 1948) opened a poster framing business in 1974 on Avenue road in Toronto. In about 1985 she shifted her business to creating screen-printed T-shirts of her own animal cartoons (one T-shirt pictured a cow with the phrase … Continue reading

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Film & Fashion – Worried About the Boy

This is a  film that could be easily missed because it was made for British television and has been just recently released as a DVD for the North American market. This is an unauthorized, but according to George O’Dowd “basically … Continue reading

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