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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.

FHM’s Tango Tea

Tango Teas were a popular pastime in polite society from the early 1910s well into the early 1930s. Dressed for the afternoon in hats and gloves, ladies and gentlemen took tea in palm-filled hotel courts while viewing a fashion parade … Continue reading

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Why the BIG todo over white after Labour Day?

Even though it’s a bit of a joke, every year some fashion magazine or blog brings up the ‘no white after Labour day’ rule. But there never really was a ‘rule’. Until the 19th century white was an impractical and … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Got a Pair of New Shoes (1937)

From the 1937 film Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, Judy Garland sings this song, or parts of it, throughout the film: I spent my money today on something I had my heart set, Just like a lady in vogue I feel like … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Berlin Felt and Rumpel Felt Companies

Born in Saxony on May 10, 1850, (Johann) George Rumpel completed his schooling at the age of fourteen and then apprenticed as a shoemaker with a three year ¬†indenture. George then followed his two older brothers example & immigrated to … Continue reading

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Was there ever a summer without a tennis fashion scandal?

This year the big tennis fashion todo is over Serena Williams’ black catsuit at the French Open. I think she made a mistake by suggesting it was for health reasons since there are plenty of options for loose clothing and … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Dedicated Follower of Fashion (1966)

This song is lampooning the Carnaby street world of English mod boutique culture and those who followed every latest craze. The Kinks songwriter Ray Davies claims he wrote the lyrics for Dedicated Follower of Fashion¬†after having an argument with a … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Perfect Knitting Mills

In 1914, German born Max Becker formed the Perfect Knitting Mills Ltd. (P.K. Mills Ltd.) in Listowel, Ontario. In 1927 P.K. was sold to Mercury Mills, and the official name was changed to Maitland Spinning Mills, although the P.K. brand … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Monarch Knitting Company

The Monarch Knitting Company was founded in 1903 in Dunnville, Ontario. They specialized in creating spun worsted knitting wool for hand knitters, as well as machine-knitted garments, primarily sweaters and swimwear. The company expanded rapidly, opening another plant in St. … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Hydro City Shoes

In 1889 G. V. Oberholtzer founded a shoe factory with his business partner M. Armbrust in Berlin, Ontario. After Armbrust’s death, Oberholtzer carried on alone, moving the company to new premises in 1893 to Weber and Victoria streets, to be … Continue reading

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