Canadian Fashion Connection – Pat McDonagh

Green print cotton blend jersey two-piece dress by Pat McDonagh, c. 1975

Green print cotton blend jersey two-piece dress by Pat McDonagh, c. 1975

Born in Manchester, England on March 17, 1934, Pat McDonagh learned to sew from her mother. After studying psychology and literature at Manchester U. and the Sorbonne, she turned her hand to fashion, working in a boutique, modelling, and making clothes worn by Diana Rigg in the Avengers TV series, including a python buckled coat. McDonagh came to Toronto with her husband and children in 1966. With the help of a sample-maker, McDonagh started her fashion business from her basement, launching her line in spring, 1970.

For the past 44 years, McDonagh has been a fixture in the Canadian fashion scene, producing two collections per year for which she has received awards and accolades. With failing health, McDonaugh’s spring 2014 collection will be her last, and will feature ten heritage designs – updated classics from her past work.

(McDonagh died May 31, 2014)

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