Fashion History Museum, Cambridge

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#5 of 12 in Museums in Region of Waterloo
Like food and shelter, clothing is a necessity as well as a cultural expression. The fashion industry employs millions around the world and is a driving force behind the global economy. But fashion is also ephemeral, whimsically responding to changes in technology, taste, the economy, and social mores. The journey fashion takes from inception to production and from popular to passe is a fascinating story worthy of being told.
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  • Far too little to see. The clothing was beautiful and the displays were nice... there were two TV's showing some info, one major display and one with like six outfits? I thought there may be something...  more »
  • A wonderful chronology of Canadian fashion development. I wish it was a bit more complete and also offered insight into some of Canada's fashionistas and trendsetters. The rating is simply because it ...  more »
  • A lovely museum! I was blown away by their Fashioning Canada exhibit. Wonderful collection, great research, and a fantastic little gift shop!  more »
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  • ​If you happen to be in Cambridge, Ontario​,​ and you are up to a short cultural tour, then I suggest dropping ​in​ the Fashion History Museum. It is located in Hespeler Village, an authentic neighborhood with a tiny downtown along the Queen St. East. The museum had two little expositions at the time of our visit. The expositions are original, interesting, entertaining, and not overwhelming. It takes less than an hour to see all displays and that is an optimum in my opinion. The museum is in an old building, the interior is very well kept, staff is friendly and helpful.
  • Small space but very interesting. We saw the history of Canadian fashion and the Dior display. Will come back again when the exhibit changes in a few months! There was an image scavenger hunt for the kids!
  • Wonderful! An amazing collection, definitely worth the visit and more! A lovely little gift shop as well. A very lovely afternoon well spent!
  • Lovers of design, clothing, cloth and small museums will delight in the Fashion History Museum located just outside of Toronto in Hespeler, (Cambridge). The current exhibit deals with the 1980s in all its broad shouldered, fringed and embroidered glory. Close up looks at items from the great Rei Kawakubo are full of surprises. In the second gallery the photography exhibit of the club scenes in 1980s London and New York is a perfect complement to the main show. A smaller exhibit, Treasures of the Collection, is a trip around the world through time with a woven, paper fibre corset from Germany, a 1930s Japanese under kimono printed with war planes and impossibly tiny, 19th century dancing shoes. And, if you are there at lunch or tea time, the cafe Creme, just down the street, is a must with sandwiches, a comprehensive tea list and Dufflet pastries. Judith Fielder Toronto

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