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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A Close Look at a 1950s Wool Jacket by Christian Dior for Holt Renfrew

By Millie Yates The garment I have selected for my project is a wool jacket by Christian Dior for Holt Renfrew from the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection (FRC2013.99.007). The jacket is dated in the collection catalogue as originating from the late 1950s to early 1960s, most likely 1958-1963. Based on the styles of the time,…

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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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