UPCOMING EVENTS

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TAILORED TITLES BOOK CLUB

Last Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.

The FHM book club chooses books that always have an element of fashion. Contact Rachelb@fashionhistorymuseum.com if you would like to be added to the book club.

November book: By Her Own Design, based on the life and work of dressmaerk Anne Lowe, by Piper Huguley. We are honoured to have Piper attend the November meeting to discuss her work and take questions!

December book: TBA

DECEMBER BOOK SALE

November 30 - December 30

Our third annual book sale will once again feature rare, out of print, and just great books on the topics of fashion, design, architecture, antiques, photography, art, and more during the month of December. There will also be a great selection of period magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. All proceeds go to the care and growth of the Fashion History Museum's library. Please note the museum will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25, however, we will be reopening Wed-Fri December 28-30.

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JANUARY WHITE SALE

January 23 - 28, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We are keeping up the tradition of the'January White' sale, that was started by department stores in the late 19th century. Our sale will feature not just linens, but also sewing notions, fabric yardage, vintage patterns, antique lace and buttons. The sale will be held Wednesday, January 25 - Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free (exhibitions galleries are closed as they will be undergoing exhibition changes.)

 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

FIBRE TO FASHION

Now Open                            Entrance Hall

A new addition to the museum is an orientation exhibition that tells the story behind the seams. Follow the history behind the manufacturing process of fibre to fabric to fashion.

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THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF FASHION: 1720 - 2020

Now Open                         Decades Gallery

This semi-permanent installation, with a rotation of garments, features a history of the changing silhouette from 1720 to 2020.
Within this gallery is Centre Stage - a showcase that features changing themes of fashion history.

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FROCK ON!

Now Open                      Centre Stage

As radio broadcasts increased in the 1920s, popular music soon found an enthusiastic young audience. Over the next century, from flappers to rappers, clothes and music became entwined as certain fashionable looks became uniquely associated with musical genres.

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SPECS APPEAL

Now Open                    The McGill Cases

These c. 1912 mahogany cases feature accessories from our collection. This year's exhibition of eyewear was originally called 20/20 and was scheduled to open last year, but we don't like that exhibition title anymore...

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2023 EXHIBITIONS

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THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF FASHION: 1720 - 2020

The same theme will be presented this year as 2022, but with all new artifacts, feature fashions by Lucile, Balmain, Chanel, and Lanvin.

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THE BEAD GOES ON: GOWNS BY BOB MACKIE FOR CHER

Twelve stunning beaded outfits worn by Cher on television and in concert between 1971 and 1981.

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ROYAL COMMEMORATION

In honour of Charles III coronation, this display features textile souvenirs of coronations and other royal occasions from the past two centuries.

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150 YEARS OF WEARING WATERLOO

Waterloo County (1853 - 1973), once called 'the Manchester of Canada" was a hub of textile and clothing manufacturing from the mid 19th century until the end of the 20th century. Discover some of the past brands of today's Waterloo Region.