Fashion in the Museum: Some of my Favourite Pieces

When this post goes live, I shall be in London, England, probably with my head deep in a research archive. Instead of a lengthy post, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of my favourite pieces from the Digitization Project of the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection  – or at least the ones that have been edited so far. 

This elegant ensemble from the 1930s has no label, but embodies the romantic look of the 1930s. Its rich pumpkin colour is so bright and cheerful that it always makes me smile.

Pumpkin yellow taffeta evening dress with matching jacket, c. 1930s, FRC1993.03.02A+B

Pumpkin yellow taffeta evening dress with matching jacket, c. 1930s, FRC1993.03.02A+B

 

I just love VALENTINO red and this piece is dated from 1965 (FRC1997.04.009). I still have vivid memories of finding this lovely gown last summer – crushed into a too small box. After storing it flat for a year and after some repairs, it has been restored to its full glory.

Strapless evening gown in red crepe, VALENTINO Couture, c. 1965. FRC1997.04.009

Strapless evening gown in red crepe, VALENTINO Couture, c. 1965. FRC1997.04.009

 

This has to be one of the most stunning pieces in the Collection – a beaded wedding headpiece with tulle veil, c.1930 with the label Lanvin on the inner part of the crown (FRC2013.99.004). The dress is equally stunning with the same beading motif across the bodice and extending the full length of the dress front, but the dress is in very poor condition and would need considerable conservation work to restore it. Nonetheless, this headpiece is in very good condition and  hopefully will inspire one of our students to create something equally as beautiful.

Art Deco beaded headpiece with veil, c. 1930. LANVIN. FRC2013.99.004

Art Deco beaded headpiece with veil, c. 1930. LANVIN. FRC2013.99.004

In selecting these few items, I realized that I actually have many more favourites. You can see more of them on Pinterest and the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection Blog.

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2 Comments

  • ian drummond September 12, 2013 06.53 am

    3 great choices Ingrid
    enjoy your time in London-see a play!

     
  • Carolyn September 13, 2013 07.33 am

    Wonderful photos! I’d heard about the collection at Ryerson from a couple of faculty members there and am so glad it’s receiving some TLC. I’d love to come in for a visit sometime if you allow that – I’m doing a PhD on dress history at Queen’s (through the art history dept).

     

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