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The Missing Pink Hat...

The pink Chanel knock-off suit Jacqueline Kennedy wore on that historic day in Dallas in 1963 currently resides in an environmentally...

Myth Information - The Fan Code

Fans were practical accessories for cooling the face and hiding yawns, and they were used as personal flirtation devices at Victorian...

Boogie-Oogie-Oogie-Oogie Dancin' Shoes

Every culture developed some form of dance, usually related to harvest or hunt celebrations, marital or maturity rites, or victory over...

2021 - A Fashion Year in Review

There have been two major influences upon fashion this year. The first and most obvious is the continuing pandemic. When the pandemic...

Forms & Function

We have been receiving a lot of comments and questions about our mannequins. Many of them are vintage, and some need to be restored, but...

Message in a Sweater

Jim Alexander from Hespeler, Ontario was a Corporal with the Li­ncoln and Wel­land Re­gi­ment. In March 1945 he was in Veen, Ger­many...

The Ghost Dressmaker...

A few years ago I was helping research the date of an Edwardian opera cloak with the maker’s label 'E O’Donovan' and the final story we...

The Bicycle Bloomer Brouhaha of the 1890s

In 1851, American Amelia Bloomer published an article in her newspaper The Lily calling for dress reform. She, and her group of...

What is a Flapper?

Bathing Beauties, 1922 Several period sources claim the word ‘flapper’ originated from the American fashion among teenage girls for...

Be an Athletic Supporter...

As men took up team sports in the 19th century, they adopted knitted cotton and wool jersey garments to allow freer movement. However,...

The Sweater from Paris

Pages from 1950s/60s catalogue showing Mary Maxim sweaters and a graph pattern for a child's sweater with the Three Little Pigs motif....

Getting the Point: Hatpins as Weapons?

New York Times, March 22, 1910, long hat pins were being banned! “It is now a misdemeanor for any woman to wear a long hatpin in public...

Saints and Seamers

Even those of us who aren’t catholic are probably familiar with the names of a few saints. There are St. Christopher medals for nervous...

Sole Discretion

In ancient times, the shoe was often used as a symbol of authority. ‘Upon the land of Edom do I cast my shoe’ (Psalms 60:8) This biblical...

Sewer or Sewist?

I recently created a bit of a brouhaha on the FHM facebook page. I posted about the word ‘sewist’ with a reference to a New York Times...

Have a Crepey Halloween

Crepe paper Halloween dress, hat and mask, late 1920s The origin of crepe paper is a bit murky. It appears to have been developed in...

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