Tag Archives: Italian

PD Day in Toronto – Part Three – Italian Surprise

On our way back from the ROM we cut through Yorkville Village (formerly known as Hazleton Lanes), to get to our car, and discovered an exhibition of 60 years of Italian Fashion in the main rotunda. I had heard nothing … Continue reading

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Laura Biagiotti, 1943 – 2017

Laura Biagiotti was born August 4, 1943 and studied to become an archaeologist before entering her mother’s dressmaking business. She presented her first eponymous collection in 1972 and her brand quickly became one of the leading luxury lines that made … Continue reading

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As Seen In – Eleanor of Toledo’s 1562 burial gown

There may be a new contender for the oldest extant illustrated garment. Until now I thought it was the c. 1610 jacket of Margaret Layton, but Daniel Milford-Cottam alerted me to a possible earlier garment worn by Eleanor of Toledo in … 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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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Hawai

I came across these two vintage Keystone press photos recently and was interested to read the caption information on the back. Both images say the dresses were made by the Italian firm of ‘Hawai’. Hawai was founded in 1964 near … Continue reading

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