Smythe Les Vestes: The Story is in the Name

By Jennifer Braun Designer Elsa Schiaparelli once wrote; “A dress has no life of its own unless it is worn.” According to this statement, a one-button women’s blazer which now resides in the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection (FRC) has had a dejected biography and a short-lived one at best. From the manufacturer straight to the…

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FRC Team 2015-2016

I am delighted to welcome two work-study students to the FRC team. They are Alys Mak-Pilsworth and Millie Yates. Both are upper year Fashion Design students with full schedules and big dreams, but there is a saying – give a busy person a task to do and there is no doubt that it will get…

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A Close Look at a Lady’s Velveteen Jacket from the 1880s

By Jessica Oakes I have chosen to study a lady’s late-nineteenth century purple velveteen jacket from the Ryerson Research Collection (FRC2014.07.198). This garment is described in the catalogue as follows: “Purple velveteen military-style womenswear bodice/jacket with standing collar, tails and overskirt sections, double-breasted with brass moulded buttons up front” and was dated to the 1880s.…

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Looking forward and back

By Ingrid Mida, Fashion Research Collection Co-ordinator The halls outside my door are mostly empty. It is the summer term and time to take inventory – literally and metaphorically. I’ll be checking what’s in boxes and on racks against the locator tags on the inventory files. It is tedious and time consuming work, but necessary…

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