Tag Archives: 1980s

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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Fashion Hall of Obscurity – Oppio

In 1940, Anna Ancillotti Chiarugi established a dressmaking business in Sovigliana-Vinci, near Florence. Her four daughters Sandra, Lucia, Rosaria and Stella Chiarugi inherited the business in 1975 and seven years later renamed the company Oppio (Italian for opium). The label … Continue reading

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WHAM, Slogan T-shirts, and Katherine Hamnett

Although George Michael (1963 – 2016) was not a fashion designer, he was influential in bringing success to English designer Katharine Hamnett. The 32-year-old English born Hamnett was a graduate of London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art when she founded her label in … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties Fashion Film Festival

Every Friday night at 7 p.m. from August 14 – November 20, the Fashion History Museum (74 Queen Street East) is screening a free fashion film essential from the 1980s to accompany our feature exhibition ‘Back to the Eighties’. The series … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties and yes, we ARE open!

Everyone keeps asking when the Fashion History Museum will have its grand opening… We actually are open but it was very quiet – no fanfare, we just unlocked the front door. The main reason we chose to not tell anybody that … Continue reading

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Fred Slatten (1922 – 2015)

There was a wave of innovative shoe designers who all opened their businesses in about 1970. In London it was Terry de Havilland, in Vancouver it was Peter Fox and John Fluevog, in Toronto it was Master John, and in Los … Continue reading

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Elio Fiorucci (1935 – 2015)

In 1979’s The Greatest Dancer, Sister Sledge sang “He wears the finest clothes, the best designers, heaven knows, from his head down to his toes – Halston, Gucci, Fiorucci…” Although I don’t believe Fiorucci ever made or sold men’s clothes, … Continue reading

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Back to the Eighties…

The Fashion History Museum’s inaugural exhibition at our new gallery in the former Hespeler post office (74 Queen Street East) in Cambridge, will be all about the 1980s. This show will explore 80s fashion in a thematic survey under topics such … Continue reading

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Let’s go the the Mall

Something foolish for April Fool’s Day! I don’t watch How I Met Your Mother so I only found out aboot this spoof video a couple of days ago (apparently it was done in 2011.) The costuming is pretty good!

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It’s HIS fault – Koos’ Cosby sweaters

I can’t say I ever loved those kooky sweaters made famous by Bill Cosby’s Dr. Cliff Huxtable, even though I did buy a knock-off of one in fall 1987 and wore it that winter before coming to my senses. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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