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Mid 20th Century

Focused on the 1940s to the 1960s, learn more about the mid-20th century garments housed in the Fashion Research Collection. 

1940s
Gold thread emblem on the front of a cherry red men's ceremonial cap

PDF fileA Ceremonial Cap, opens in new window Analyses the construction and condition of a ceremonial cap once belonging to a Clarence B. Shulenberger. By Kate O’Reilly.

Waist of black and pink printed Jack Liebman cocktail dress

PDF fileA Study of a 1940s Cocktail Dress by Jack Liebman, opens in new window Explores the career of Montreal-based fashion designer, Jack Liebman through object analysis. By Hannah Dobbie.

Shoulder detail of red printed Claire McCardell dress

PDF fileAn Ode to Claire McCardell, opens in new window Studies the life of American fashion designer, Claire McCardell, through the object analysis of her Townley red-cotton dress. By Jenn Bilczuk.

Close up of rosette detail on blue Jack Liebman dress

PDF fileAssembling the Puzzle of Jack Liebman’s Career, opens in new window Explores the life and work of Canadian fashion designer, Jack Liebman’s through archival research. By Hannah Dobbie.

1950s
Label on Christian Dior wool jacket

PDF fileA Close Look at a 1950s Wool Jacket by Dior, opens in new window Examines a jacket which balances couture quality and everyday versatility By Millie Yates.

Button and closure detail on Christian Dior wool jacket

PDF fileA Dissection of a Wool Jacket by Christian Dior, opens in new window Examines the construction of a wool-tweed jacket and compares it to similar designs of the 1950s. By Millie Yates.

Close up of red floral detail on Julian Rose dress

PDF fileJulian Rose, the Forgotten Dressmaker, opens in new window Follows the life and career of British designer, Julian Rose, during the 1950s and 1960s. By Anya Georgijevic.

 

Close up of rosette detail on blue Jack Liebman dress

PDF fileAssembling the Puzzle of Jack Liebman’s Career, opens in new window Explores the life and work of Canadian fashion designer, Jack Liebman’s through archival research. By Hannah Dobbie.

1960s
Label of a Mary Quant mini dress which reads "Mary Quant's Ginger Group, Made in England"

PDF fileDid Mary Quant’s designs conform to or defy the gender roles of the 1960’s?, opens in new window Considers if the Ginger Group line was size friendly and whether it paved the way for Western women's fashion in the 21st century. By Mariam Mansour and Samika Chadha.

Belt of a paper jumpsuit with a pink, green, orange and yellow print

PDF fileImagining a Future of Disposability: Paper Fashion, opens in new window Reflects on the relationship between the marketing of the paper dress as new technology and the futuristic thinking around outer space in the late 1960s. By Bianca Garcia.

Paisley pattern of the men's velvet blazer

PDF filePeacock Revolution, opens in new window Examines a 1960s velveteen paisley blazer, studying a period of great change in men’s fashion known as the peacock revolution, when colourful, flamboyant, form-fitted styles were popular. By Kaleigh Morris.

Close up of belt detail of pink, orange, yellow and green swirly patterned paper jumpsuit

PDF fileSustainability and the Jumpsuit, opens in new window Explores the history and sustainability of a 1960s paper jumpsuit. By Emilie Chan and Zoe Yin.

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.

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.

Close up of rosette detail on blue Jack Liebman dress

PDF fileAssembling the Puzzle of Jack Liebman’s Career, opens in new window Explores the life and work of Canadian fashion designer, Jack Liebman’s through archival research. By Hannah Dobbie.

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.

Cree Round Dance Cape

PDF fileCree Round Dance Cape, opens in new window A look at a cree dance cape from the 1960s. Written by FRC Archive.