Another year has yielded some fantastic donations for the museum. This year we added just over 600 items to the library and archives, and over 200 artifacts to the collection.
On behalf of the FHM, I would like to thank all our donors this year: Elizabeth Stoodley, Cambridge; Christian Hernandez, Halifax; Paul Federico, Toronto; Carrie Pollack, Waltham MA; Steve Posner, Kitchener; Darlene Mason, Cambridge; Jeff Reitzel, Kitchener; Sheldon and Judy Godfrey, Toronto; Pam Weber, Calgary; The York Pioneer & Historical Society, Toronto; Maggie Lyons, Toronto; Mary Robak, Skokie IL; Elizabeth Bramlett, Asheville, NC; Deb Van De Water, Cambridge; Lois and Jim Toms, Toronto; Frances Dafoe, Toronto; Arlena Dodd, Victoria; James Fowler, Toronto; Robert Doyle, Stratford; John & Ruth Gillett, Toronto; Izzy Camilleri, Toronto; Jane Livingstone, St. Jacob’s: Annette Mocek, Toronto; Joyce Warren, Burlington; Mary-Jane Enros, Montreal; Donna and John Kimberley, Beamsville; Jennifer Earle, Burlington; Sydney Carruthers, Waterloo; Dorothy Wilson New Hamburg, Deborah Woffendon, Montreal, Maxine Wood, Burtchville, MI; Katie Vernon, Branchton; Susan Walford, Alert Bay; Barbara Wilson, Victoria; Merrily Walker, Cambridge.
Donation highlights this year include: the library of a retired university fashion and design teacher that includes rare and important volumes and publications including several early 1900s Canadian corset manufacturer’s catalogues; A large collection of 18th and 19th century lace; 250 photographs of New York department store fashion displays from the 1940s; Black lace evening gown c. 1905 by William Stitt, Toronto; Selection of hats from Chicago milliner Raymond Hudd; Many 19th century garments with Canadian provenances including a purple silk reception dress from c. 1875 and an early hand woven shawl, c. 1840; French Couture from Balenciaga, Balmain, and Yves St. Laurent, as well as designer garments from Dior, Ungaro, Pierre Cardin, Pucci, Granny Takes a Trip, Pauline Trigere, and Larry Aldrich; Several excellent quality unlabelled hand made evening dresses from the 1920s and 1930s such as the sequined dress above, as well as some fun items from more recent years like a Go-Go helmet from 1966!
This year’s artifact purchase by the Friends of the Fashion History Museum Collection Fund is a silk Egyptian coat decorated with appliques of ancient Egyptian figures that was made for the tourist market in the late 1920s. We were recently asked if images of the coat could be used to illustrate a book by Dr. S Bowker entitled “Khayamiya: Art of the Egyptian Tentmakers” to be published in 2016 by the American University in Cairo Press.