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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.

Fashion in Song: The Revolutionary Costume for Today – 2007

Oh, hi. Thank heaven you’re here.You look absolutely terrific, honestly.(Mother wanted me to come out in a kimono so we had quite a fight…) (Singing)The best kind of clothes for a protest poseIs this ensemble of pantyhosePulled over the shorts, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Bonnie Stuart

Bonnie Stuart shoes began as the Galt Shoe Manufacturing Company in 1910. Founded by E.C. Getty in Galt, Ontario, the company was sold or taken over by Dr. Joseph Radford and his son-in-law Andrew M. Stuart. Radford was a prominent … Continue reading

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Fashion Humour

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Beauty school drop out – the Lamoureaux Mannequin

Often mis-identified as a store window mannequin head or dating much older than they are, the Lamoureaux mannequin head was produced, with no change in design, from about the late 1930s to the mid 1960s. Made in a small factory … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I have this file where I throw in pictures that aren’t about fashion but that amuse or amaze me. It’s time to clean out that file, so here are some my OT images:

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Kuspuk – The Arctic Muumuu

When the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 the Western Arctic opened up for contact and trade. Christian missions were soon bringing salvation and modesty to the locals, who reportedly walked about dressed in either the skins of … Continue reading

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Patent Fashions – spring clasp Patent #1852188

This 1932 patent is for the addition of a spring to the clasp, so that the brooch or dress clip attaches firmly to whatever it has been put on. In this case the clasps are used to create a transformative … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Army & Navy (1919 – 2020)

In March 1919 Sam Cohen, a native of San Francisco, and his brothers Joe and Harry opened a store at 44 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, B.C. to sell surplus army boots. Originally known as the Liberty store, the name … Continue reading

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DeMario jewellery 1945 – 1965

Robert De Mario founded his jewellery business in New York in 1945. The company quickly received a reputation for quality hand-made costume jewellery, however, their success was short lived, and they ceased to exist in 1965.

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SCP hallmarked silver brooch, c. 1930, by CIRO, England

CIRO Jewelry began as a mail order company in London, England in 1917. Their ads and order forms were printed in daily newspapers. In 1920 CIRO opened its first store in Bond Street, London. In the 1920s they became especially … Continue reading

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