PAST EXHIBITIONS

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MADE IN FRANCE

March 16 - December 22, 2019

French fashion has held its reputation for luxurious excellence since the reign of Louis XIV when keeping up with the changing mode of Paris fashions became an expression of success and good taste. This exhibition showcases the golden age of French couture, from the late 19th century to the 1960s.

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BES BEN: THE MAD HATTER OF CHICAGO

July 3 - November 3, 2019

Benjamin B. Green-Field (1898-1988) was the creative genius behind the Bes-Ben label. His flamboyant and humorous themed millinery creations were known for their use of unusual trimmings. This exhibition featured the private collection of Bes Ben collector Mary Robak.

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VICTORIA 200

March 13 - June 30, 2019

On the occasion of her 200th birthday, Queen Victoria's influence upon fashion is recounted, especially over black and white clothing, as well as a number of garments named for Balmoral, her Scottish home.

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TITANIC DRESSES

April 5, 2018 - February 5, 2019

FHM Curator Jonathan Walford installing 1911 silk and lace gown by Lucile, at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where it was seen by 550,000 visitors. 


Lucy Christiana Sutherland was born in London, England in 1863 but after her father died the family returned to her mother’s parental home in Guelph, Ontario until 1872. In 1894, Lucy opened her fashion business in London’s West End, making clothes for many of the top English actresses of the day. 


Lucile was famous for creating lingerie dresses known as ‘tea gowns’ that she promoted through fashion shows. Lucile and her second husband Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon were also famous survivors of the Titanic, which brought more business to Lucile, making her a leading designer of the 1910s. However, her designs did not suit the 1920s, and Lucile left her own company in 1922.

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101 TALES OF FASHION

March 14 - December 23, 2018

101 Tales of fashion: colour, design, textiles, scandal, origin, invention, luxury, obsession, human interest, and even murder.

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DRESSING TORONTO

November 1 - 30, 2018

An exhibition created for Toronto's Myseum about how Torontonians acquired their clothes from the time of Confederation in 1867 until the end of the 20th century.

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FASHIONING CANADA SINCE 1867

March 15 - December 17, 2017

Exhibition honouring Canada's sesquicentennial of our nation's most historically and culturally significant fashions since confederation.

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JANE AUSTEN’S WORLD: 1792 - 1817

July 19 - December 17, 2017

Exploring the fashions Jane Austen would have been familiar with during her writing career.

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THEN, NOW, NEXT: CANADA 150 FASHION RETROSPECTIVE

September 13 - October 27, 2017

Exhibition created for Yorkville Village in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial. Project created by Len D. Henry, partnering with Toronto Incubator and Ryerson University.

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FASHIONING EXPO 67

March 17 -  October 1, 2017

Loan of Montreal-made garments from 1967 to the McCord Museum, Montreal.

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THE HOUSE OF DIOR: 1947 - 1962

March 15 - July 9, 2017

Exhibition looking at the first fifteen years of the business at the House of Dior, from New Look to fashion empire.

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A WALK IN HER SHOES

October 11, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Loan exhibition of 20th century footwear to the Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas

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WILD AND RARE: FASHION AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

October 6 - December 18, 2016

Exhibition exploring the uncomfortable tension between fashion and nature by examining the historical use of wild and rare species in fashion across the 19th and 20th centuries. Guest Curator Lisa Cox, Barker Veterinary Museum, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

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TYING THE KNOT

May 4 - December 18, 2016

Exploring 200 years of traditional wedding attire, including the museum's oldest known Canadian dress worn for a Quebec City wedding in 1816.

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THE MCFEE ACQUISITION

September 30 - October 2, 2016

Temporary exhibition for Culture Days showcasing a recent transfer to the FHM from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London of dresses worn by three Canadian sisters between c. 1920 and 1934.

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WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION

June 1 - September 25, 2016

Photography exhibition by Walter Seger of Ken Carson (Barbie's boyfriend) on holiday.

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BARBIE’S BOYFRIEND KEN: THE VINTAGE YEARS 1961-1968

June 1 - September 25, 2016

The complete wardrobe made by Mattel for Ken Carson (Barbie Roberts' boyfriend) between 1961 and 1968. From the collection of James Fowler. Curated by James Fowler.

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CHANGING TIDES: 100 YEARS OF ICONIC SWIMWEAR

May 10 - August 7, 2016

Exhibition of 20th century swimwear created for the Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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THROW ME SOMETHING SISTER? MUSES, MARDI GRAS, AND GLITTERED SHOES

March 12 - May 29, 2016

Shoe Sculptures created by Mardi Gras Krewe of Muses, Guest curator Angela Brayham

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TO MEET THE QUEEN

March 12 - May 29, 2016

What to Wear in the Presence of Royalty featuring a ball gown worn to the 1860 Prince of Wales Ball in London, Ontario, on loan from Elgin County Museum,  St. Thomas, Ontario.

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A CANADIAN FASHION STORY:
PAT MCDONAGH 1967 – 2014

March 12 - April 24, 2016

A retrospective of the over forty year career of Pat McDonagh (1934-2014).

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SPORTING CANADIANS

June 27 - December 20, 2015

Exhibition of sportswear from the 1860s to the 1920s for Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto.

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BACK TO THE 80S

 June 27 - December 20, 2015

Inaugural exhibition at the new home of the Fashion History Museum. The 80s theme was determined when it was realized the timing of the exhibition correlated with the 'future' date from the 1980s film 'Back to the Future'. As well, the clock on the museum was broken at the time, just like the clock tower in the film.

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TREASURES FROM THE COLLECTION

June 27 - December 20, 2015

A selection of highlights that showcased the breadth of the FHM collection.

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WAIST MANAGEMENT

May 11 - August 29, 2015

A travelling exhibition about the history of ladies underwear, hosted by Elgin County Museum, St. Thomas, ON.

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WAIST MANAGEMENT

November 1, 2014 - February 16, 2015

A travelling exhibition about the history of ladies underwear hosted by the Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives, Brampton, ON.

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STREETSTYLE

May 27, 2014 - January 20, 2015

Exhibition about the relationship between fashion and architecture created for the Waterloo Region Museum, Kitchener, ON.

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THE POLITICS OF FASHION AND THE FASHION OF POLITICS

September 1 – December 7, 2014

Loan of garments from the 1960s and 1970s for an exhibition created by the Design X-Change, Toronto, ON.

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WAIST MANAGEMENT

January 11 - April 14, 2014

A travelling exhibition about the history of ladies underwear hosted by Guelph Civic Museum.

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MODE: FASHIONS OF THE 1960S

December 5 - December 22, 2013

Exhibition created at pilot gallery at Southworks, Cambridge, to accompany the launch of Jonathan Walford's book 'Sixties Fashion: From Less is More to Youthquake'.

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IT’S IN THE BAG: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PURSE STYLES

July 27 - December 22, 2013

Exhibition of purse styles at pilot gallery at Southworks

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FASHION FOR THE FUTURE: ACQUISITIONS FROM THE NEW MILLENNIUM

July 27 - December 3, 2013

Exhibition showcasing acquisitions representing 21st century fashion. At Southworks - pilot gallery for the FHM in Cambridge.

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PAISLEY AND PLAID: RECURRING PATTERNS IN FASHION

July 27 - December 3, 2013

Feature exhibition tracing the historical use of paisley and plaid patterns in fashion. At Southworks - pilot gallery for the FHM in Cambridge.

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12.12.12: LIFE IN THREE CENTURIES

September 22, 2012 – April 30, 2013

Exhibition about life and fashion in three years: 1812 - 1912 - 2012, Hosted by Markham Museum, Markham, ON.

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NUCLEAR FASHION – SELLING STYLE TO SUBURBIA 1946 - 1964

October 2 - December, 2012

Travelling exhibition about fashion and brand advertising during the postwar baby boom. Hosted by Joseph Brant Museum in Burlington, Ontario.

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THEY’RE AT THE POST

May 16 - September 28, 2012

Loan of morning suit and grey silk dress - garments worn to horse races in the 1920s. City of Waterloo Museum, Waterloo, ON.

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A SHOE STORY

May 23 - June 16, 2012

Exhibition of footwear created for Manama Mall, Bahrain.

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12.12.12: LIFE IN THREE CENTURIES

January 21 - March 10, 2012

Exhibition about life and fashion in three years: 1812 - 1912 - 2012, Hosted by Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph, ON.

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WINTER SPORTS

December, 2011

Winter sportswear exhibition created for Ball's Falls Centre for Conservation, Lincoln, OntarioN.

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NUCLEAR FASHION – SELLING STYLE TO SUBURBIA 1946 - 1964

May - September, 2011

Travelling exhibition about fashion and brand advertising during the postwar baby boom. Hosted by City of Waterloo Museum, Waterloo, Ontario.

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TITANIC: DRESSING FOR THREE CLASSES

October 2010 - January 2011

Loan of outfits representing the three classes of passengers. Waterloo Region Children's Museum, Kitchener, Ontario.

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THE TOWERING ART OF THE SHOE

May 2010

Shoe exhibition created for the New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

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OPEN DRAWERS LAUNCH OF THE FASHION HISTORY MUSEUM

August 15 - August 30, 2009

Official launch of the Fashion History Museum, exhibition of recent donations at Guelph Civic Museum.

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TALKIN' BOUT MY GENERATION: HOW YOUTH REVOLUTIONIZED AND MUSIC CHANGED THE WORLD

June - September, 2009

Loan of ten 1960s outfits to the Waterloo Region Children's Museum, Kitchener, Ontario.

 

TRAVELLING EXHIBITS

Before 2009

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READY TO TEAR:
A HISTORY OF PAPER FASHION

2001 to 2008

Ready to Tear/Pret a Papier, a bilingual exhibition about the history of the use of paper in fashion launched in Montreal at Musee de Marcil. Six venues hosted the exhibition across Canada between 2001 and 2008.

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WARDROBE

2004 to 2008

WARdrobe, an exhibition about fashion during World War II, was launched at the Guelph Civic Museum in 2004 and travelled to four museums across Ontario between 2004 and 2008.

 
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