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Is There a Museum of Folk?

I don’t know of a museum that specializes in European folk dress – those strange costumes worn for specific carnivals or traditional ceremonies. I am sure European regional museums collect local garments, but wouldn’t it be great to see these … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Centennial Costumes

Perhaps the first preparation to commemorate the  American Civil War (1860 – 1865) centennial began with the publishing of McCall’s pattern #1759 in 1952 – identified as a “Centennial Costume”. More patterns followed throughout the 1950s and early 1960s from … Continue reading

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Bat girl, c. 1887

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Bijoux Electriques!

In 1879 Scientific American reported “…there is nothing more curious than electric jewellery.” A Parisian watchmaker who enjoyed creating mechanical birds, Gustave Trouvé also invented the Lilliputian battery that could be tucked inside a pocket or hidden within an evening … Continue reading

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Dressed for the Great Pumpkin…

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Too much of a good thing – Michael Travis (1928 – 2014)

Michael Travis, the creator of Liberace’s flashy stage costumes, has passed away at the age of 86. Although he created stage costumes for other performers including Tony Orlando and The Supremes, Travis will be best remembered for his crazy costumes for Liberace. … Continue reading

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Cocoa Chanel?

Actress Kim Yoo Jung models a chocolate lace coat during the 18th Salon Du Chocolat at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on October 30, 2012 in Paris, France. My friend Liz sent me a link to an article about this and … Continue reading

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aWEARness – Conestoga College Fashion Show

We went to Conestoga College’s ‘aWEARness’ Fashion show on Thursday night. The cleverly-named event was the college’s third annual show by graduating visual merchandising students. The idea of the aWEARness show began as a class assignment in 2011 and has grown … Continue reading

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I’ve heard of Kitten Heels before…but Mouse Wedgies?

Twenty-five years before someone put goldfish inside a platform shoe some shoe designer, probably inspired by the idea of coachmen mice and glass slippers from the 1950 Disney film Cinderella, decided it might be fun to put mice inside a … Continue reading

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Fashion Myths – Victorian Fetish boots

Fetish boots are most often identified as dating from the 1890s or early 1900s, probably because of their high lace and button styles. However, most of the fetish boots I have seen that are identified as being that early are … Continue reading

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