Fashion: A Canadian Perspective

By Alexandra Palmer

© 2004

How does a country dress itself? From Montreal's 'Retail Mile,' to Ontario's millinery trade, to how war and television can effect the garment industry or whether tailoring can make a cultural impact, Alexandra Palmer gathers together some of the top curators, designers, fashion writers, historians, and artists in the country to create a truly dynamic and thought-provoking collection of essays.

Controversial and unconventional, Fashion: A Canadian Perspective challenges readers to consider aspects of Canadian identity in terms of what its citizenship has chosen to wear for the last three centuries, and the internal and external influences of those socio-cultural decisions. Covering a broad range of topics — such as the iconic Hudson Bay Blanket Coats, garment factories of the late 1800s, specific Canadian fashion couturiers whose influences reach international stages, and the contemporary role of fashion journalists and their effect on trends — this collection breaks new ground in producing multiple perspectives on fashion and fashion dress.

In a country that has given birth to such global fashion corporations as Club Monaco, Roots, and MAC, Fashion: A Canadian Perspective develops the first intriguing and readable historiography that links past to future, couture vision to trade trends, and heritage costuming to FashionTelevision.

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  • Page Count: 390 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
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Controversial and unconventional, this collection examines Canadian identity in terms of the fashion worn and designed over the last three centuries, and the internal and external influences of those socio-cultural decisions.

Fashion: A Canadian Perspective

By Alexandra Palmer

© 2004

How does a country dress itself? From Montreal's 'Retail Mile,' to Ontario's millinery trade, to how war and television can effect the garment industry or whether tailoring can make a cultural impact, Alexandra Palmer gathers together some of the top curators, designers, fashion writers, historians, and artists in the country to create a truly dynamic and thought-provoking collection of essays.

Controversial and unconventional, Fashion: A Canadian Perspective challenges readers to consider aspects of Canadian identity in terms of what its citizenship has chosen to wear for the last three centuries, and the internal and external influences of those socio-cultural decisions. Covering a broad range of topics — such as the iconic Hudson Bay Blanket Coats, garment factories of the late 1800s, specific Canadian fashion couturiers whose influences reach international stages, and the contemporary role of fashion journalists and their effect on trends — this collection breaks new ground in producing multiple perspectives on fashion and fashion dress.

In a country that has given birth to such global fashion corporations as Club Monaco, Roots, and MAC, Fashion: A Canadian Perspective develops the first intriguing and readable historiography that links past to future, couture vision to trade trends, and heritage costuming to FashionTelevision.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 390 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'This book is important, timely, and immensely relevant. Alexandra Palmer has put together a rich and varied collection that will contribute to Canadian cultural history and undoubtedly initiate further projects and debates. The content of each essay is excellent and the collection is outstanding in its complementary diversity. It moves this rapidly expanding and exciting field into the area of Canadian Studies, to which it contributes as significantly as it does to the study of dress and fashion, media studies, cultural history, and the history of consumption.'


    Janice Helland, Department of Art and Department of Women's Studies, Queen's University
  • Author Information

    Alexandra Palmer is the fashion and costume curator at the Royal Ontario Museum and an adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Art History at York University.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Alexandra Palmer

    Fashion Identity

    • 'Very Picturesque and Very Canadian': The Blanket Coat and Anglo-Canadian Identity in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century - Eileen Stack
    • Dressing Up: A Consuming Passion - Cynthia Cooper
    • Defrocking Dad: Masculinity and Dress in Montreal, 1700-1867 - Jan Noel
    • The Association of Canadian Coutouriers - Alexandra Palmer

    Fashion, Trade, and Consumption

    • Shop and Factory: The Ontario Millinery Trade in Transition, 1870-1930 - Tina Bates
    • 'The Work Being Chiefly Performed by Women: Female Workers in the Garment Industry in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1871 - Peter J. Larocque
    • Three Thousand Stitches: The Development of the Clothing Industry in Nineteenth-Century Halifax - M. Elaine Mackay
    • Enduring Roots: Gibb and Co. and the Nineteenth-Century Tailoring Trade in Montreal - Gail Cariou
    • Montreal's Fashion Mile: St Gathering Street, 1890-1930 - Elizabeth Sifton

    Fashion and Transition

    • Dress Reform in Nineteenth-Century Canada - Barbara E. Kelcey
    • Fashion and War in Canada, 1939-1945 - Susan Turnbull Caton
    • Fashion and Refuge: The Jean Harris Salon, 1941-1961 - Lydia Ferrabee Sharman

    Fashion and Journalism

    • Laced in and Let Down: Women's Fashion Features in the Toronto Daily Press, 1890-1900 - Barbara M. Freeman
    • The Fashion of Writing, 1985-2000: Fashion-themed Televisions Impact on the Canadian Fashion Press - Deborah Pulsang
    • A Little on the Wild Side: Baton's Prestige Fashion Advertising Published in the Montreal Gazette, 1952-1972 - Katherine Bosnitch

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