Talking About…

Waist Management Flyer_2Please join me at one or both lectures I am giving in the next couple of weeks. This friday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. I am talking about the development of foundation garments – the corset, girdle, and bra – at the Guelph Museum where we currently have our exhibition ‘Waist Management’ on display until the middle of April. Come early and join us for refreshments before the lecture, starting at 6 p.m.

smallThen, on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. I will be talking at the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, where we currently have our exhibition ‘Nuclear Fashion’ on display until the end of April. This talk will focus on fashion in the period between 1946 and 1964, and the building of brand name fashions in the post-war era. I will also be selling and signing copies of my latest book ‘1950s American Fashion’ from Shire publications. Feel free to bring your own copies for signing, as I have only a dozen copies available for purchase.

Now all I have to do is dig out the kodak projector – my best images are still on slides…

Women in advertising – literally

From the website Luminous Lint comes these photographs of women dressed in the paraphernalia of products offered by the company they are representing. It seems to have been a popular advertising idea for local parades in the late 1880s and early 1890s.

Nuclear Fashion

The Fashion History museum’s exhibition Nuclear Fashion opens Tuesday, October 2 at the Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, Ontario.

This exhibition includes period store mannequins and over 60 advertisements, dating between 1946 and 1964 aimed at the suburban nuclear family for products ranging from Ked’s shoes to Maidenform bras.

Nuclear Fashion: Selling Style to Suburbia 1946-1964

Better late than never… here are some shots of our exhibition on fashion advertising during the baby boom. The exhibition just closed at the City of Waterloo Museum in Ontario: