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My thoughts on vintage today

I have been loving vintage for years and this I suspect had to do with the fact that I enjoyed sewing even as  a teen, so the world of fashion fabric and sewing were close to  my heart I collected and pack ratted things I liked not really because I thought I would sell vintage down the road but because of style or beautiful fabric I have (if you have read any of my previous post) been doing the vintage scene since the 1970’s I started at the Dixie Flea market than I had tables at the Harbour front flea market each Sunday for a considerable length of time I than decided to do larger shows so I moved on to the Exhibition “Old clothing Show and Sale” than on to the Palais Royal on the Lakeshore I have participated in the Wychwood sale and the  Convention Centre Toronto I now decided that I would try a local vendor show and it was a true disaster. The weather one cannot help but the lack of organization and planning was dreadful and wonderful vintage garments are no enhance when side by side to a large amount of old household items It brought to my attention that vintage is like everything else changed over the years. People would ask me what was I going to do with all this junk but now everybody is into vintage clothing From  phone calls from Charities to the people wanting to buy—- there is now big money in Old clothes I have also seen how everybody from stay at home mothers, wives, part time workers, retired people,  dealers and... read more

Fashion History Museum Newsletter

Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter View this email in your browser The FHM is located in the old post office of the former town of Hespeler at 74 Queen Street East, Cambridge, Ontario, and can be reached from the 401 via Townline or Hespeler road exits. We are open every Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. March 12 – December 18, 2016 (Closed Canada Day, Friday July 1) Admission $5.00 Children 12 and under are free Guided tours (10 or more) $10.00 each, book in advance Become a Friend of the Museum and enjoy unlimited free admission along with other benefits! Museum gallery phone – 519.654.0009 What’s Been Happening… On February 13 we held our first fundraising event at the museum – Chapeaux et Champagnes. The afternoon began with a special one-day-only exhibition of fashion by Haute Couturier Jeanne Lanvin in Gallery One. Guests were offered tapenade tuiles, mini-quiche, and a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne while they viewed a fashion show of vintage hats from the founder’s collection as well as contemporary millinery creations by Lori Lavers – Cambridge’s own Hauteur Hatter. Due to the popularity of the event, we will be organizing a sequel next year, with a new selection of hats and a tribute to Christian Dior in honour of the atelier’s 70th anniversary. On March 5 and 6, the FHM was at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Sale for the dual purpose of promoting the museum and offering for sale items donated for fundraising. The occasion garnered a lot of interest with the media and on March 4, Jonathan appeared on both CITY TV’s Breakfast Television and... read more

Wear Vintage Tails for your wedding

Vintage tuxedos some with trousers Tuxedo jackets for formal wear Tails and morning coats gentlemen’s smoking jackets See us at the Around the Bay Bridal Show Lots of vintage for the big day     April 17th Wasaga Beach Rex Plex     “Around the Bay Bridal Show”... read more

The Bolo Tie

A bolo tie (sometimes bola tie or shoestring necktie) is a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather with decorative metal tips – aglets (aiguillettes) – secured with an ornamental clasp or slide. Bolos are easy to make, using attractive flat objects such as lady’s pins, coins, plastic netsuke reproductions, polished stones, Christmas tree ornaments, refrigerator magnets, etc. Cords of leather and cordage stock, clips and tips, called “findings” are widely available from jewelry supply firms. Popularity In the United States, bolo ties are great and associated with Western wear, and are generally most common in the western areas of the country. Bolo tie slides and tips in silver have been part of Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Puebloan silversmithing traditions since the mid-20th century. [1] The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie is now the state’s official tie.[2] Also in 2007, the Bolo tie was named the official tie of Texas.[3] Politicians and officials from western states will often wear them, such as former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. In the United Kingdom, bolo ties are known as bootlace ties. They were popular with 1950s Teddy Boys, who wore them with drape suits.[4][5] Along with other 1950s fashions, bolo ties were revived as part of the Rockabilly look in the 1980s. The bolo tie returned as a popular fashion accessory in the fall of 1988 when male... read more

A Special Valentine

I wonder how many of us remember getting the ultimate valentine from your sweetheart. The is a older valentine that was filled with The famous Laura Secord Chocolates. During my time at Central Technical School back in the late 1950’s early 60’s every girl wanted to get a valentine box of chocolates to have her friend think there was romance in her life. I wonder how nay of these have an significance today. My first valentine heart was actually turquoise blue somehow I never did keep that one should... read more

A collector — Pack Rat–or Hoarder

I am beginning to realize that all those years I was trunking away vintage pieces I was not alone I had to listen to friends and family calling me a hoarder, a pack rat a junk collector and down right nuts. I am not reading articles of other who have had the same disease and I and are also using it to a good advantage., Some of the collectors have opportunities to access higher designer pieces and were more advanced than I but the symptoms remain the same.  Now it has come to the time when some of my possessions had to go mainly for space reasons and I reluctantly moved them on I have after retirement used my collection to fund raise for Charity also I still cannot resist a gorgeous vintage dress and having taken couture pattern making and dressmaking I am fully aware of the talent it requires to create a garment with the qualities of the vintage. here is an article my dear friend Lorraine Simon who resides in Florida sent to me and I want to share it with you. I too have many trunks in the fire.  ... read more

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Tying it on

Thought you gentlemen would be interested to see how to secure a bow tie that has no clip. This is a do it yourself bow... read more

1983 Old Clothing Show and Sales

This is an article about the “Old clothing Show and Sales” which were held at the Palais Royale on Lakeshore in Toronto I had participated in these shows and in this article my niece Krista who kindly assisted me in the booth and modelled... read more