Category Archives: Fashion

Life imitating Art… Summer of ’69

The cover of August 22, 1969 LIFE magazine and my sister Chris in Vancouver, B.C. around the same time.

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Silver Screen to Mainstream

When we were in Chicago a couple of weeks ago we caught a great exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibition focussed on American fashion in the 1930s and 1940s, especially styles influenced by Hollywood, although there was a … Continue reading

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Cleveland Museum of Art

A quick trip to Chicago this past week took us home via Cleveland. Our trip to Cleveland this past February was a disaster because all the museums were closed for the polar vortex. This was Cleveland’s last chance… Fortunately, we … Continue reading

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Gloria Vanderbilt 1924 – 2019

New York ‘best-dressed’ heiress and ‘Jeans Queen’ socialite known for her troubled childhood, failed marriages, various affairs with numerous celebrities, exquisite taste, and mother of news journalist Anderson Cooper, died Monday (June 17). There are plenty of tributes about Ms. … Continue reading

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Max Azria 1949-2019

The youngest of six children, Max Azria was born in Sfax, Tunisia on January 1, 1949. He was educated in France and in 1970 began his career in fashion. In 1981 he immigrated to the United States and launched Jess, … Continue reading

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Thirty Years of Fashion Scrapbooking…

I found these images online of pages from a fashion scrapbook that date from 1912 to 1945 (1944 is missing…):

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When it was illegal to change in your car…

I found this snippet in the July 25, 1921 New York Times:

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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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Canadian Fashion Connection – Backing the Bandage Dress

HervĂ© Peugnet was born in 1957, and after working as a hairdresser and milliner, he turned his hand to fashion. In 1981 he got the chance to work for Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi. Lagerfeld advised Peugnet to change his surname … Continue reading

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Victorian Fashion Tear Sheets

The museum has been given boxes of clippings and tear sheets from various donors over the years. From scrapbooks with favourite dresses cut out of Vogue magazine by an anonymous teenage girl in the 1930s to a filing cabinet of … Continue reading

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