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21st Century

Read about garments in the Fashion Research Collection from the 2000s and the 2010s.

Close up of beaded detail sleeve on Chloe outfit

PDF fileEnsemble by Chloe, opens in new window Studies the work of female designer, Gaby Aghion, who founded the fashion house, Chloé. By Jazmin Welch.

Collar detail on fuchsia pink Dolce and Gabbana Coat

PDF fileIt’s All About the Coat, opens in new window Features a selection of contemporary coats from the FRC’s Designer Archive. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

White and black Pat McDonagh evening gown

PDF fileEvening Gowns and Canadian Designer Pat McDonagh, opens in new window Explores two evening ensembles by acclaimed Canadian fashion designer. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Fur collar of a Gucci wool cream coat

PDF fileGucci: Overview of Ready to Wear Design, opens in new window Discusses the history of famed Italian fashion house, Gucci, paying particular attention to their RTW collection through the analysis of a Gucci cream coat with fox-fur collar. By Olena Vivcharyuk.

Collar detail of burgundy textured knit kersey dress

PDF fileThe Kathleen Kubas Collection, opens in new window Tells the story of how the FRC received its largest donation of over 700 garments and accessories from the family of Kathleen Kubas, a former model, actress and schoolteacher in Toronto. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Sleeve of floral bed jacket by Mercy

PDF fileA Bed Jacket by Mercy, opens in new window Investigates the infamous story of this bed jacket that became an international case of copyright infringement. By Jennifer Braun.

Collar detail of black and white woven blazer

PDF fileA Made in Canada Success Story: Smythe Jackets, opens in new window Celebrates the brand Smythe, by examining the tailored jackets created by Canadian design duo Christie Smythe and Andrea Lenczner. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Young woman wearing a white body suit and long white tutu in front of Allan Gardens Conservatory

PDF fileMaking History: A Romantic Tutu, opens in new window Discusses the history and making of a Romantic tutu. By Allycia Coolidge and Joanna Lupker.

Collar and zipper of an orange Courreges jumpsuit

PDF fileMaking History: Inspired by Courréges, opens in new window Explores several garments designed by French fashion designer, André Courréges. By Shira Yavor.

Black and white Smythe blazer

PDF fileSmythe Les Vestes, opens in new window Examines a black and white tweed jacket and the unique history of Canadian company, Smythe Les Vestes. By Jennifer Braun.

Close up of shoulder detail of Yvonne Lin's white slashed leather minidress

PDF fileYvonne Lin: Analysis of the White Slashed Leather Minidress, opens in new window Uses object-based research to observe the construction of a 3D leather mini-dress and explores themes of art-to-wear, 3D technology in fashion, femininity and the grotesque. By Julia Birnie.