Another Chapter Begins

It was on February 12, 2012 that Dr. Alison Matthews David opened an unmarked door on the seventh floor of the library for me. Behind that door were racks, bins, boxes and piles of clothing, stacks of books, journals and papers that comprised the Ryerson Costume Collection (as it was then known). Although the collection…

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A Mugler Mystery: Part III

My previous post reviewed the styles, colours and power dynamics of women’s fashion during the 1990s using The Dress Detective (note 1). This third and final blog post uses the contextual information gathered about the aqua blue Thierry Mugler skirt suit to consider clothing as a method of communication. More specifically, I ask: who would…

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A Mugler Mystery: Part I

Inspired by his background in theatre and dance, Mugler is known for his futuristic and whimsical designs born out of his wildest fantasies. This series of three blog posts will consider the construction of an acqua blue skirt suit by Thierry Mugler and analyze related contextual information of the 1990s in order to explore the idea of clothing as a symbol of power and method of communication.

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The Absent Presence of Evelyn Wilkie in Photographs

When donors offer clothing to the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection, I always ask if there are related photographs.  Clothing tells only one part of the story. Photographs can help reveal other clues as to the fashioning of identity since accessories and other details of body language are also relevant to unravelling clues to their persona.…

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Absent Presence and the Remaking of a Wedding Dress

The wedding dress worn by Evelyn Wilkie on November 15, 1927 cannot be displayed on a mannequin since the dress is in very poor condition and small fragments of silk shatter each time the dress is moved. For this reason, a replica of the dress was created by Ryerson University Fashion Design student Olivia Da Cruz…

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