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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Francis & Co., 9 rue Auber, Paris

There were so many couturiers working in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century that it is nearly impossible to research their labels, especially when what information there is, likely is available only in France. A couple of … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Penmans

The Ontario Knitting Mills (aka Paris Clay and McCosh Knitting Mills) was founded in 1868 in Paris, Ontario by Mr’s Clay and McCosh. In 1883 they were making, among their many products, knitted underwear. By 1890 the company had become … Continue reading

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Shop Windows – Schiaparelli, Place Vendome, Paris, May 9, 1960

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s a clue. This 1965 photograph of two models wearing suede pantsuits by the French firm Mac Douglas was taken in Paris — Give Up? Until last week, a Paris law dating from the French Revolution made it illegal for … Continue reading

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Haute Couture – a century old

Maybe I completely missed it, but I never heard of any celebrations or mention of the 100th anniversary of haute couture. I know… all the costume history books say that ‘couture’ was invented by Charles Worth in 1868 when he … Continue reading

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