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Camping It Up On The First Monday In May

Last night’s Met gala event for their latest exhibition ‘camp’ was all about being ‘extra’ — tacky, over-the-top, cheesy, artificial, tasteless, ostentatious, exaggerated, and probably gender and age inappropriate… Needless to say, the fashions worn on the red carpet were … Continue reading

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Contemporary labels worth collecting… Hoss Homeless

Privately owned by AT LEAST S.A., this Spanish women’s fashion firm is headquartered in Madrid. Founded in 1994 by Constantino Hernandez Duran, who worked his way up through the advertising business and fashion industry before starting his own company, originally … Continue reading

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Glamour Magazine, 1939 – 2019

Glamour magazine is packing it in after 80 years. Founded by Condé Nast in 1939, Glamour is the latest women’s/fashion magazine to come to an end. Condé Nast pulled the plug on Teen Vogue last year, and Hearst publishing announced last … Continue reading

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Rick Genest ‘Zombie Boy’ 1985 – 2018

Canadian model, artist, and tattoo world-record-holder Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy’, has died from suicide. Quebec-born Genest came to fame in 2011 when he appeared for the first time as a model for Thierry Mugler menswear, shortly afterwards, Lady Gaga … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Cover Girls

It could be argued that Canada’s first internationally famous models to appear on the cover of a magazine were the Dionne Quintuplets, whose images were used to promote a number of products in the late 1930s and early 1940s. However, … Continue reading

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Archival Fonds – You Never Know What You Are Going to Get…

Fonds is a word borrowed from the French to describe an archival collection from a single source. It is the same in both singular and plural which is awkward because ‘a fonds’ doesn’t flow off the tongue as easily as … Continue reading

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What is Vintage?

Here’s an interesting article about how Chanel is suing the New York vintage clothing store What Goes Around Comes Around for selling ‘vintage’ Chanel. The company is citing unfair competition, false advertising, and trademark infringement. What Goes Around Comes Around … Continue reading

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What fashion cost in 1926 – Women

Interesting image from 1926 showing the value of Clara Bow’s outfit. Her high end outfit cost $346.50 in 1926, that would be the equivalent of about $4,500 – $5,000 in today’s dollars. That sounds like a lot of money, but … Continue reading

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Glossary – Obroni Wawu

Obroni Wawu is a phrase used in Ghana that literally translates as “dead white man’s clothes”.  Many of the clothes donated to charities are sold to Africa, and Ghana is one of the largest purchases of used clothing. However, there is … Continue reading

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Overlock/Serger history

Although the overlock machine (aka serger) was developed during the 1870s, it’s difficult to find examples of its use in extant clothing predating the 1930s. The overlock machine creates thread loops for the needle to pass through, binding the edge of … Continue reading

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