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Early 20th Century

Learn more about garments, accessories and photographs from the 1900s to the 1930s. 

1900s
Pumpkin Yellow Corset

PDF fileA Peek Inside a Pumpkin Yellow Corset, opens in new window Analyzes a 1900s corset in relation to others of the same time period. 

 

Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Close up of rosette detail on a 20th century boudoir cap

PDF fileAnalysis of a 20th Century Boudoir Cap, opens in new window Analyses a women’s boudoir cap, tying it to notions of femininity and gender relations. The author’s creative component involves the making of a crocheted cap to further explore technique and practice. By Madison Schmidt.

Label of T. Eaton Co. black silk shirtwaist

PDF fileOf Shirtwaists and the Modern Woman, opens in new window Explores the history and production of shirtwaists. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

T. Eaton's Co black cape

PDF fileReading a Cape, opens in new window Considers the construction and manufacturing of a 1900s black wool cape by the T. Eaton Company. By Tori Hopgood.

 

1900s black felted wool bowler hat

PDF fileThe Bowler Hat, opens in new window Explores the history of bowler hats, touching upon their origin and their use during the late 1800s and early 1900s. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Label of an orange Courreges jumpsuit. Label reads Creeds Toronto, Hyperbole Courreges, Paris Made in France

PDF fileLabels in the FRC, opens in new window Examines designer labels from the Designer Archive and highlights the history of labels in fashion. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Black Silk Parasol with Cordwork Embroidery

PDF fileBlack Silk Parasol, opens in new window Explores a 1900s parasol decorated with scrollwork embroidery. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

1910s
Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

1920s
Floral gold embroidery of 1920s evening coat

PDF fileA 1920’s Embroidered Evening Coat, opens in new window Discusses a Holt Renfrew evening coat from the 1920s. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Close up of gold button on 1920s brocade opera coat

PDF file1920s Brocade Opera Coat Reflecting Feminism and the “Modern Girl”, opens in new windowThrough the analysis of a women’s opera coat from the 1920s, this post explores the rise of feminism and birth of the “Modern Girl” in Canada. By Dianna De Angelis.

Close up of green metal mesh handbag

PDF fileA Handbag's Tale, opens in new window Creatively written from the point of view of the object itself, this post explores the object biography of a small enameled handbag. By Anna Pollice.

Cabinet card photograph of man and woman

PDF fileThe Patricia Rogal Collection of Photographs, opens in new window Explores photographs, carte de viste, and cabinet cards from 1860-1920 kindly donated by Patricia Rogal. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

1930s
Mollie Hamilton in her 1930s wedding dress

PDF fileA Study of Design Elements in 1930s Bridal Wear, opens in new window Explores the design and making of wedding dresses throughout the 1930s era. By Hannah Dobbie.

Embellished Silk Crepe Evening Jacket, late 1930s

PDF fileEmbellished Silk Crepe Evening Jacket, opens in new window Examines a decorative jacket and discusses the intersections between fashion and art, as well as arguing against fast fashion. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida and Kristina McMullin.

Sketch of Mary Hamilton's 1930s wedding dress

PDF fileMary Hamilton's Wedding Dress, opens in new window Examines a wedding gown from the 1930s that belonged to Mary Hamilton. By Hannah Dobbie.

Detail of red and pink patterned kimono

PDF fileThe Kimono and the Haori, opens in new window Investigates two styles of traditional Japanese dress in relation to sustainability. By Jennifer Dares and Cecilia Gomes.

Turtle embroidery detail of kimono

PDF fileThe Language of the Kimono, opens in new window Discusses the symbolism and meaning involved in the practice of wearing kimonos. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Neckline and scarf of a bold coloured printed dress

PDF fileThinking of Spring Flowers, opens in new window A pictorial post that displays a selection of floral-patterned dresses in celebration of spring. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.