ONE OF THOSE GREAT FINDS!
FROM THE VANCOUVER MUSEUM ARCHIVES THIS WONDERFUL PAMPHLET,
A GREAT GLIMPSE AT WHO WAS DESIGNING IN THE WEST IN 1982!
SOME OF THESE PEOPLE I REMEMBER FROM WHEN I LIVED IN VANCOUVER, PRE 1979…
FROM A SEPERATE SOURCE SOME FURTHER DETAILS…
Western Canadian Designers’ and Fashion Association
“Networking” was the buzzword of the 1980s, the Western Canadian Designers’ and
Fashion Association, WCDFA, has been on the leading edge of networking in the
Canadian fashion industry. Founded in 1979, this association is the oldest functioning
design and fashion association in Canada. Geographically WCDFA included
professionals from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Their aim
was “to create a professional organization to benefit and reflect the talent of fashion
designers in Western Canada”. The WCDFA presents n annual fashion event called the
‘Designer Showcase” and sponsors fashion related events at western colleges and
universities. The WCDFA is a pioneer in Canadian garment and fashion industry
networking and support of Canadian designers.
Adapted from, The History of Western Canadian Designers’ and Fashion Association.
UNFORTUNATLY IT SEEMS THIS ORGANISATION HAS DISSAPPEARED. HOWEVER, THERE WERE STILL SOME INTERESTING THINGS TO BE FOUND.
MY FIRST SEARCH CAME UP WITH
Western Canada Fashion Week
FURTHER SEARCHING BROUGHT UP:
Apparel & Textile Association Of Saskatchewan Inc
THE BEST NEWS CAME WITH TRACKING THE INDIVIDUAL DESIGNERS. WITH OR WITHOUT AN EXTERNAL ORGANISATION, THESE DESIGNERS CAN BE FOUND ON THEIR OWN WEBSITES. BRAVO TO THEM FOR 30 PLUS YEARS OF BUSINESS!!
Peter Fox Shoes has been in business for 30 years designing wedding, leather and evening shoes made in Italy. At the end of 2007 we closed our store in New York City’s Soho district and have joined the world of e-commerce. We are now operating completely online and are able to offer you our wonderful collection of silk and leather shoes…..they are beautiful AND comfortable
PERSONAL NOTE, I REMEMBER THE AMAZING SHOP IN VANCOUVER’S GASTOWN CALLED FOX AND FLUEVOG…YES, PETER FOX AND JOHN FLUEVOG STARTED OUT AS A TEAM.
The birth of pure: In the fabulous 80’s, fashion designer Abby Kanak’s career soared and celebs like Sarah McLachlan, Kirsty Alley and Goldie Hawn wore her dresses. But lives were forever changed when her and husband Steven McDuffee’s daughter Pallas, now 21 and profoundly challenged, suffered a brain injury just days after she was born. “After many difficult years, we decided to turn all of our pain and passion into something life-affirming” says Abby and voila…Pure Home Couture was created. In 2002, the haute Home & Gift shop on Hamilton’s Locke Street South began.
Fashion Design Studio & Manufacturing Company: Cydney Mar Inc is a Fashion Design Studio that proudly manufactures most of its products domestically within Canada. Attention to detail in all its operations, the Studio is a full service facility staffed with a team of patternmakers, sample sewers, merchandising & design staff, sales and production experts. The product categories are Ladies, Childrens and Men’s wear. The Studio has a number of proprietary labels such as Cydney Mar Collection, Inner Peace and iamgeisha.
A fashion designer, born in Glasgow Scotland, Christine Morton became fascinated with textiles and fabrications at an early age. Her initial company created custom lingerie and bridal gowns. From this, emerged a limited edition collection and the first line of silk lingerie designed and manufactured in Canada. Christine’s lingerie is carried in high-end boutiques and luxury department stores. Customers from around the globe and celebrities such as Oprah, Catherine Zeta Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diana Krall, Christina Hendricks and Katie Holmes continue to collect her unique and beautiful garments.Christine has been honoured with awards attesting to her unrivaled achievements. She was a recipient of the Fashion Export Awards in 2005 and 2006 and was recognized multiple times by the Matinee Fashion Awards in Canada from 1997 to 2002. Today Christine’s ability to stop and look for beauty continues to remain a simple yet profound thing. To slow down, to simplify, a way of training the eye to see what is often overlooked has a powerful way of adding richness to everyday life.
Zonda’s love for fabric led her to the world of fashion. Early beginnings in the craft world segued into showing in New York City and selling to numerous high-end stores in the United States-where customers loved Zonda’s unique textiles and her relaxed approach to dressing. Zonda works with the top mills in Italy and France to design stunning new fabrics for each collection-supple silks, gossamer linens, hand painted velvets and soft chenille & lurex tapestries – which are then made into casual elegant styles perfect for home entertaining, travel or that special event – perfect for the individual in you. A team of talented people work together to create our collection. Every piece is cut individually. Our Sewers use couture techniques to ensure perfection. These very talented women have worked with Zonda for over 20 years ti create beautiful clothing that is recognized for its uniqueness all over the world.
Samsons cuts on premise, as is with authentic bespoke in order to develop and maintain world class standards of fit like the most expensive hand made suits. Tailoring design as Samson practices is like bespoke but only essential handwork, unless our client needs a suit made in a week more hand work will be needed.
PERSONAL NOTE, AS AN ART SCHOOL STUDENT IN 1975, I SPENT SEVERAL WEEKS SALARY ON MY FIRST BIG FASHION PURCHASE, AN AMAZING CAMEL HAIR COAT, DOUBLE BREASTED, BIG ROUNDED LAPELS, MID CALF LENGTH… FROM WHAT WAS THEN LABELLED “SAMSONS” A VERY COOL SHOP LOCATED ON ROBSON ST.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Martha Sturdy has always been inspired and guided by the elements. Materials like mineral and salvaged Cedar find expression in her work — offering a reflection of a landscape that is itself bold, clean and strong. Martha has always been enthralled with the scale of nature on the West Coast. Never delicate, but always pared down, her work finds a balance in its weightiness and a resolve in its proportion.Each piece is an investment, in aesthetic and function. At Sturdy we release pieces that will be passed down the generations. Our work is created by hand and engenders a sense of confidence in those who are close to it.
PERSONAL NOTE, I WORKED AT CLARK’S PLACE, A VERY EDGY VANCOUVER BOUTIQUE, AND WE CARRIED VERY EARLY MARTHA STURDY ON CONSIGNMENT…
AND ALSO AGAIN, AS I HAVE SO OFTEN ASKED, IF YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW….