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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 – Peerless

Peerless Clothes was founded in 1919 by brothers Moe and Phil Segal. In 1951, Alvin Segal joined his stepfather’s (Moe) business. At that time, the company employed almost every extended family member of the Segal family in either the cutting … Continue reading

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Fashion in Art – Jack Shadbolt (1942)

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Fashion in Song – Alice Blue Gown (1919)

The song was written in 1919 by Harry Tierney with words by Joseph McCarthy for the Broadway musical Irene. Edith Day, the start of the Broadway musical, first recorded the song in 1920. Alice Blue is an icy white blue … Continue reading

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1947 Film about Fashion

This is fascinating – filmed in the spring of 1947, this film shows glimpses of French couturiers and American designers.

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Canadian Fashion Connection: Lore Maria Wiener, 1920 – 2019

Lore Maria Wiener (nee Frensdorff) was born in Hanover Germany on March 31, 1920 to a Catholic mother and Jewish father. After graduating high school she apprenticed as a seamstress and went on to study fashion in Vienna. In November … Continue reading

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Thirty-five years ago…

Kenn and I celebrated our 35th anniversary yesterday… It’s funny how, retrospectively, time slips away so quickly, and only when you look back do you realize how much has changed. So with complete nostalgia, here is the 1984 I remember:

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Thompson

Most fashion designers die of natural causes after long, productive lives: Madame Gres passed away at 89, Givenchy at 91, and Madame Carven at 105! Some leaders in the fashion world survived disasters: Lucile was aboard the Titanic, Philip Mangone … Continue reading

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Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836 – 1939

Just got an interesting book that I have started reading about the Jewish fashion industry located in Berlin between the 1830s and 1930s Here’s an article that explains it better than I could.

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Fashion Humour

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Fashion in Song – Shine On Your Shoes (1932…)

Originally from the 1932 Broadway Musical “Flying Colors”, written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, the song has had many covers: Jerry Lewis, Mel Tormé, Mandy Patinkin, Tony Bennett and even Liza Minnelli. Here is Fred Astaire with his version … Continue reading

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