A perfect issue to peruse following my previous entries on CANADIAN FASHION ORGANIZATIONS; the FALL/1983 issue of Toronto Life’s “FASHION”, inadvertently offers up some interesting pairings, at least to me, in their portrayal of a cross section of the cast members of CANADIAN FASHION.
I’ve lead my pairings off with the multi page advert from TOD/TORONTO ONTARIO DESIGNERS, the organization of designers who pulled together quickly after the 1980 demise of the FDAC/FASHION DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA and a fantastic editorial about MARY STEPHENSON, the founder and former director of the aforementioned FDAC and a lifelong CHAMPION OF CANADIAN FASHION.
Next up, a small editorial collection of CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNERS who’s fine fabric, craftsmanship and keen eye for what women wanted, kept them in a market place that would all but disappear in the financially fraught 1990s, two of whom spoke to me as a young newcomer; LOUCAS, who always pushed the envelope, and would constantly show me that CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNERS could compete with the spectacle of the international set, and MARILY KIEWET, who quietly one afternoon over coffee told me that I could too!
The group following are the CANADIAN FASHION DESIGN advertisers, who in that issue ran the gamut from ALFRED SUNG to ZAPATA and included SUTTLES AND SEAWINDS by VICKI LYNNE BARDON, still in business after 40 years, and who is the mother of current CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNER, SAMUEL BARDON.
For my closing shot, I chose the advert for a little school just then starting up, called THE ACADEMY/THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MERCHANDISING AND DESIGN, of whom most said “it will never last”; it stands as a fitting finale, as with so many in CANADIAN FASHION, it has persevered and although weathering more than one name and address change and currently known as the TORONTO FILM SCHOOL, is still here, and I in some pairing whether instructor, director, or adviser, through most of it’s history, am too!
BRAVO to all…