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Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Fashion History Museum opens July 1st!

The FHM is located in the old post office of the former town of Hespeler at 74 Queen Street East, Cambridge, Ontario, and can be reached from the 401 via the Townline or Hespeler road exits. Starting July 1, the museum will be open regular hours Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Tours can be booked by appointment. Museum gallery phone 519 654-0009 Our opening exhibition in gallery one ‘Treasures from the Collection’ will feature some of the rarest and most interesting pieces from the collection including: what may be the oldest extant European-made shoe worn in North America, a paper corset, and a suit designed for Eva Peron. In gallery two ‘Back to the Eighties’ looks at the fashions from that decade through specific themes such as glamour, power, shock, innovation, and romance. Both these exhibitions will remain until the end of the year. Until August 2 gallery three will host ‘What to do with an Old Post Office’, a display of the winning boards from the Construction Specifications Canada student design competition this past winter. Our...

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in General | 0 comments

2015 Annual Veronika Gervers Memorial Lecture at Royal Ontario Museum Tuesday June, 23, 7-8pm

Free. RSVP Required. The Indian Ocean has been called the “Cradle of Globalization.” From ancient times, people and goods moved around the shores of this vast region stretching from Indonesia in the East to Africa in the West.  Everywhere, the most highly desired trade item were the printed cottons made in India. With their vivid colours and beautiful patterns, these Indian cottons caused a fashion sensation in Europe, too, after 1600. This lecture explores the ROM’s unknown, early collection of Indian cotton textiles that were traded to Egypt in medieval times. It considers their intriguing designs and how they were made, and places them within the wider Indian Ocean trade of the time. The early genius of India’s textile manufacturers in producing for a vast variety of regional markets is discussed, together with the remarkable range of social roles they came to play in the societies that imported them. Speaker:  Dr. Ruth Barnes is Senior Curator of the Yale University Art Gallery’s newly endowed Department of Indo-Pacific Art. She...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Spadina Museum Gatsby Garden Party

You may have heard that there will be a little bit of competition to attend Spadina Museum’s Gatsby Garden Party on June 28th in Toronto this year!  The Party’s Facebook page currently has 52,000 interested people and counting!  If you’d like to go the tickets go on sale tomorrow; do make sure to get your ticket before they’re all gone and register for the Costume Competition as well.  The following information from Spadina Museum should help to avoid disappointment: To all Gatsby Garden Party Fans, We are pleased to announce that tickets to the Gatsby Garden Party at Spadina Museum will go on sale, Tuesday, June 2 at 12 noon. Tickets will only be available online. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the gate under any circumstances. Ticket sales are limited due to the capacity of… the historic house and property. Because of the high level of interest anticipated in this event, there will be a limit of four tickets per person. In addition to purchasing tickets to the...

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Posted by on May 8, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Dior and I

The award winning film, Dior and I, is coming to Toronto this summer.  The film follows the creation of Raf Simons first haute couture collection for the famous fashion house.  The film will be shown at Bloor Docs cinema, on Bloor Street in June.  For further details, including dates, times and prices, visit the cinema website.  ...

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

If you’re looking for a way to banish the winter blues and keep warm and cosy without bundling up head over to the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place for Toronto’s Vintage Clothing Show this weekend (March 7 & 8).  There’s a wealth of stalls with incredible vintage and retro fashion.  Who knows?  You might even find a great coat to help you bundle up elegantly against the snow, wind and ice!  For more details visit the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show...

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Dress exhibitions and events this winter

  Check out our museum exhibitions and events pages for a wealth of dress related activity this winter.  It includes four days left to see the Street Style exhibition at Waterloo Regional Museum while The Politics of Fashion runs at the Toronto Design Exchange until the end of January.  For dance fans there’s Queen Charlotte’s Ball on January 17 while at the Bata Shoe Museum there are two shoe making...

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