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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.

Canadian Fashion Connection – Paul Minichiello

Born in Campo Basso, Italy in 1940, Paul Minichiello apprenticed at a local tailor’s shop before immigrating to Vancouver in 1954. He worked for nine years at Tip Top Tailors as well as other tailor shops before opening his own … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – Ballad of the Garment Trade (1962)

From 1962’s Broadway hit ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ If you don’t want to get nervous Do yourself a great big service Stay away please far from seventh avenue You can lose your sense and reason Guessing what … Continue reading

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Film & Fashion – Victoria & Abdul

This is a great film and I highly recommend it, but I have a few minor grumbles about some of the costuming. The best costumed crowd scene is the State dinner in the opening. Dignitaries dressed in their finest attire … Continue reading

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MOMA’s take on fashion

Is Fashion Modern? is MOMA’s first foray into a fashion exhibition since their 1944 exhibition Are Clothes Modern? While their 1944 exhibition, curated by Bernard Rudofsky, focussed on the meaning of dress as an aspect of human subconscious expression governed by habit, … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour

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Real fashion by Hans Eijkelboom

These photos that capture mainstream fashion, seasonal trends, and personal styling are the work of Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom. His work is currently on show until January 7, 2018 at The Hague Museum of Photography, and are available in his … Continue reading

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Battle of the Sexes and Tennis Fashion

We saw Battle of the Sexes last night – the film about Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King’s 1973 tennis match – an event I remember well the first time around. The film is very entertaining and remains pretty true … Continue reading

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Hervé Léger (Leroux), 1957 – 2017

Hervé L. Leroux, born Hervé Peugnet, founder of the French fashion house Hervé Léger died earlier today. Hervé Peugnet was born May 30, 1957 and trained in sculpture and hair styling before switching to fashion design. He was doing hair … Continue reading

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Myth Information – Hughes’ bra and ‘The Sale of Two Titties’

Although Howard Hughes finished producing The Outlaw in February 1941, it would not be widely released until 1946 because of censorship problems over Jane Russell’s breasts. How much of the censorship was real and how much was hoopla manufactured by … Continue reading

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Fashion in the house – c. 1865

I thought this photo was interesting because it’s a rare view for the period of a well-dressed couple in their reception room. Most 1860s photos were done in a studio – this type of candid shot doesn’t become common until … Continue reading

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