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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Making History: Inspired by Courrèges Part 1

by Shira Yavor My Making History project is inspired by a black and white photograph of a model wearing a dress/raincoat with cutouts and a flower motif designed by André Courrèges (Note 1). This image included the caption: “André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by William Laxton, 1960s.” My research included examining garments from the Ryerson Fashion Research…

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Making History: A Romantic Tutu

By Allycia Coolidge & Joanna Lupker (Edited by Ingrid Mida)   In our Making History project, we chose to analyze and recreate a Romantic tutu inspired by the Pas de Quatre ballet. This ballet was first performed in London, England during the Romantic era on July 12, 1845 and choreographed by Jules Perrot. This ballet featured four prima…

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A Comparison of 1860s dresses

by Alys Mak-Pilsworth As the book The Dress Detective makes clear, an important step in reproducing historic dress is studying comparable examples from the same era. This step aids in identifying the typical attributes of the period as well as anomalies of the artifact being studied.This article compares the  white sprigged muslin day dress (FRC2014.07.409) from the…

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A Dissection of a Wool Jacket by Christian Dior for Holt Renfew

By Millie Yates It is impossible not be intrigued by the deceptively simple design of this garment. Though it appears uncomplicated, the process of creating its perfect drape and elegant angles required mastery. Such is the beauty of couture.  This wool tweed cropped jacket with ¾ sleeves was designed by Christian Dior for Holt Renfrew and is…

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Special Topics Course Class Visit behind the scenes at the Textile Museum of Canada

by Ingrid Mida Recently we had the great privilege of going behind the scenes at The Textile Museum of Canada. This museum houses over 13000 textile artifacts that span 2000 years of history and their stated aim is to enhance the cultural understanding of textiles. Our guide for the morning was the TMC Conservator Hillary Anderson,…

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