Category Archives: Canadian dress

Canadian Fashion Connection – Woods & Taylor

James MacDonnell Woods was born in 1833 in Tulloch, Ireland and married in 1854 before immigrating to Canada the following year. By 1860 he had settled in Galt and was working as a store clerk. His business partner Alfred Taylor … Continue reading

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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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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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Canadian Fashion Connection – Iona Monahan

Canada’s fashion industry has always been centred around Montreal and Toronto. In the 1920s Montreal became more dominant, but with Quebec’s political instability in the 1970s, Toronto rose up to challenge Montreal’s claim, and even surpass Montreal as the leading … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Daymac Robes Ltd.

Founded in Toronto as Dexter Robes Ltd. Nov. 24, 1941, the company’s name was changed to Daymac Robes Ltd. On December 14, 1944. The company closed in August 1985 but reopened in 1987, only to close again in 1997. The … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Backing the Bandage Dress

Hervé 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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Canadian Fashion Connection – The Style

The museum recently received this rare early Canadian copy of the August 1883 edition of The Style – a 4 page flyer of dress patterns (probably from the American pattern maker Butterick) published by Mrs. E. Guthrie of St. Catharines, … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Rainbow Jeans

After Joe Owen finished his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was working for an American Jeans manufacturer and was in Toronto on business when he met future business partner Richard Brown. In 1975, the two were still in their … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Stanfield’s

In 1882, Charles Stanfield established the Truro Woollen Mills in Nova Scotia. His sons took over the business in 1896 and developed a patented process for making unshrinkable wool union suits in 1915. Stanfield’s went on to diversify its product … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Guy Cramer

Canadian born Guy Cramer is the C.E.O. of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp. in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Twenty years ago Cramer developed a system for making computer generated digital camouflage patterns. His first client was the King of Jordan. In 2003, … Continue reading

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