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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The Journey of a Chinese Robe: Part 4

In ancient Chinese culture, a robe is a symbol of status depending on the colour, the quality and decorative elements of the garment. In order to compare the robe in the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection (FRC2016.01.001) to others in other collections,  dress historian and curator, Ingrid Mida and I visited the Textile Museum of Canada to…

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Drawing Habits: Learning to Look Attentively at Dress

On Friday, July 20, 2018, artist Sarah Casey and Dress Detective Ingrid Mida offered a drawing workshop hosted at the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-op in Toronto. In this workshop, participants were introduced to methods of examining and interpreting garments through drawing.     Participants were able to draw selected artifacts from the Ryerson Fashion Research…

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The Language of the Kimono

by Ingrid Mida, Acting Curator/Collection Co-ordinator Kimonos, long associated with the cultural fabric of Japan, have their own language. For example, ‘Kimono o kiru’ means ‘I’m going to wear kimono.’ Although this loose-fitting, T-shaped garment is worn by both men and women, and generally constructed out of lengths of a standard width fabric, every element…

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