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Late 20th Century

Learn more about garments and other objects from the 1970s to the 1990s. 

1970s
Hood detail of 1970s Marilyn Brooks velvet evening gown

PDF fileA Marilyn Brooks Evening Gown, opens in new window Studies the work of Canadian designer, Marilyn Brooks and her hooded gown design. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida.

Belt detail on Hanae Mori velvet shift dress

PDF fileHanae Mori Velvet Shift Dress, opens in new window Analyses the construction of a shift dress by Japanese designer, Hanae Mori. By Dr. Ingrid E. Mida and Kimberly Lecki.

Oscar de la Renta white jumpsuit with black polka dots and poppy flowers

PDF fileOscar de la Renta: The History Behind the Boutique Label, opens in new window Studies a 1970s Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit and the history behind boutique collections. A creative component situates the garment on the cover of a fashion magazine. By Brooke Lindzon.

Detail of the mink and leather of the men's bomber jacket

PDF fileMilitary Influence on Fashion: The Bomber Jacket, opens in new window Discusses how the bomber jacket symbolizes the shift from practicality to aesthetics in fashion. By Sara Abraham.

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.

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.

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.

1980s
Sketch of ballet tutu

PDF fileA Study of a Ballet Costume from Symphony in C, opens in new window Examines the construction of a costume from the production, Symphony in C. By Teresa Adamo.

Close up of label on Thierry Mugler hand painted pumps

PDF fileMulhallen's Muglers, opens in new window Follows the object biography of shoes designed by Thierry Mugler. By Annika Waddell.

Black crepe Paulene Trigere cocktail dress

PDF filePortrait of a Little Black Dress, opens in new window Explores the design and wearing of a black Pauline Trigère cocktail dress and addresses the history of the LBD. By Gabrielle Trach.

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.

Close up of emerald green gems on the Raymonda headpiece

PDF fileCase Study of A Ballet Costume Headpiece From Raymonda, opens in new windowExamines a costumed headpiece from the National Ballet of Canada’s production: Raymonda Act III (1985). The author interviews the dancer who originally wore the headpiece. By Julia Brucculieri.

1990s
Plastic belt on an aqua blue Thierry Mugler skirtsuit

PDF fileA Mugler Mystery, opens in new window Explores fashion as a method of communication and the role of clothing within the workplace during the 1970s. By Tori Hopgood.

Label on Rei Kawakubo frock coat

PDF fileAn Analysis of a Women’s Frock Coat by Rei Kawakubo, opens in new window Discusses topics such as Japanese design, gender neutrality and feminist interpretations. By Jordan Nguyen.

Sketch of Elite Syncopations Leotards

PDF fileElite Syncopations Leotards, opens in new window Observes the construction and role of two seemingly identical ballet costumes. By Teresa Adamo.

Close up of the collar on a burgundy and black printed haori

PDF fileHaori: An Aspect of Culture, opens in new window Compares and contrasts the materiality between two Japanese haori jackets, one belonging to the Fashion Research Collection, and the other privately owned. By Benedikte Goronga.

Close up of pink flower on the lining of a Dolce & Gabbana fur coat

PDF fileInside a Dolce & Gabbana Fur Coat, opens in new window Examines the cut and construction of a winter jacket designed by Dolce & Gabbana. By Millie Yates.

Close up of leg of black pleated Issey Miyake Trousers

PDF fileIssey Miyake Trousers, opens in new window Explores technology and fashion by analyzing a pair of Pleats Please pants by Issey Miyake. By Fedlande Fenelon and Eiro Issakidis.

Close up of feather detail on grey fedora

PDF fileThe Enduring Fedora, opens in new window Explores the history and legacy of the fedora through the object analysis of a felted-gray hat by Phillip Treacy. By Millie Yates.

Black sinamay cartwheel hat

PDF fileOf Hats and History, opens in new window Looks at the meanings of hats as a signifier of status, power and class. 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.

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.

Button and decorative stitching of an Issey Miyake blanket coat

PDF fileCollage Through Feminism and Textile, opens in new window Explores how feminism can be evoked through an Issey Miyake blanket coat. By Tricia Crivellaro.