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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.

AND MAYBE THE LAST Knitting Song – Jim Henson Muppets (1983)

It’s neat and it’s sweetIt’s a ding dong treatKnittin’ socks for little feetJust sittin’ with your knittin’ all day longYou know knittin’s friendlyAnd knittin’s funKnittin’s good for everyoneAnd that is why we sing this knittin’ songWell it’s knit one pearl … Continue reading

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And ANOTHER knitting song: Knitting – Arthur Askey (1939)

Comedian Arthur Askey was born in Liverpool in 1900 and served in WWI where he also performed in army entertainments. After the War he went into the theatre and eventually built a career on the radio, becoming well known by … Continue reading

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ANOTHER Knitting Song – Sophie Madeleine (2009)

I’m going to knit myself a sweater.A sweater that will keep me warm at night.Just how many days here must I weather?Just biding my time…’cause when I call you on the phone,I’m still lost, I’m still alone.Who’s going to make … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – The Knitting Song (1964)

Bill Oddie was one of a trio of British comedians known as The Goodies – the other two Goodies were Tim Brook Taylor and Doctor Graeme Garden. Oddie’s The Knitting Song was released on Parlophone (R5346) in 1965. That same … Continue reading

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Sophia Kokosalaki 1972 – 2019

Greek born designer Sophia Kokosalaki trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London before launching her label at London fashion week in 1999. Known for her draping, Kokosalaki came to fame designing costumes and uniforms for … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection: D. McCall & Co.

The wholesale millinery business of D. McCall & Co., was established in 1879 by Dougald McCall and William Blackley (Blackley had immigrated to Montreal from Scotland in 1860 and moved to Toronto in 1866.) The business was originally located at … Continue reading

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Jesus sneakers

In a few minutes this past Tuesday, Brooklyn sneaker company MSCHF (pronounced Mischief) sold two dozen shoes for U.S. $1,425 each. The customized Nike Air Max 97 sneakers called ‘Jesus Shoes’ were blessed with religious symbols: Holy water from the … Continue reading

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Fashion in Song – My Adidas (1986)

In honour of Sneaker Day (first observed in U.S. in 2016), I am posting My Adidas by Run-D.M.C. from their 1986 album Raising Hell. The song, unsurprisingly, led to an endorsement deal between Adidas and Run-D.M.C., which began a long … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Kates Boutique

The Montreal millinery company Kates Boutique was founded in December 1969. Kates was a supplier of basic fashion headwear to bridal shops, department stores and hat salons across the country. The company was incorporated in March 1993, at which point … Continue reading

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A Century of Hard Hats

An interesting article appeared in the New York Times today about the history of hard hats. Here is a synopsis: When Edward W. Bullard returned home to the U.S. after serving in France during World War 1, he suggested that … Continue reading

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