Beach fashions, 1932

A fashion show of ladies beach and lounge wear at the Hudson Bay store in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1932. Note that the runway is made up of desks!

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.
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2 Responses to Beach fashions, 1932

  1. Christine says:

    That is so very interesting that you should post an old photo of the Hudson Bay Store. My friend who is from England and I am, but live in the States, were both recently visiting the Netherlands and Norway, where we saw Hudson Bay Stores, in both countries; which is such a Canadian/British store one would think, but we have never seen a Hudson Bay Store in the UK. Interesting that they were or are in Canada, which of course makes sense.

    • Jonathan says:

      I didn’t know there were Hudson Bay Stores in Norway and the Netherlands! The store was created in Canada – actually, they were originally created as trading posts for Native fur trappers, but by the 1890s a few stores had opened in cities in Western Canada where you had to buy with money, rather than trade with furs.

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