Ryerson Fashion Research Collection

The Ryerson Fashion Research Collection was founded in 1981 and consists of several thousand garments and accessories donated to Ryerson University School of Fashion. This collection was dormant for several years and since February 2012, I have been working to edit and re-orient this collection. A project grant was obtained to photograph and digitize the key artifacts in the collection and images of some of those items will be featured here as well as on the Collection blog.
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Black silk tafetta bodice, front decorative buttons inner boning, lace applique, extended shoulder ruffle, Nehru collar, lined in cotto, Petersham belt, c.1880s. FRC2013.99.029

Black silk tafetta bodice, front decorative buttons inner boning, lace applique, extended shoulder ruffle, Nehru collar, lined in cotto, Petersham belt, c.1880s. FRC2013.99.029

Cream corded silk bodice with high neckline, extended sailor collar and gigot sleeves with ribbon closure at cuff, front hook and eye closures, cream satin bow at chest. Pink, green, blue and cream vertical beaded trim at neckline, cotton interior lining with boning, self-fabric asymmetrical belt, c.1890-1895. FRC1999.06.006

Cream corded silk bodice with high neckline, extended sailor collar and gigot sleeves with ribbon closure at cuff, front hook and eye closures, cream satin bow at chest. Pink, green, blue and cream vertical beaded trim at neckline, cotton interior lining with boning, self-fabric asymmetrical belt, c.1890-1895. FRC1999.06.006

Black needlepoint purse in floral motif. Brass-coloured closure and looped chain handle, c.1930s. FRC1989.04.019

Black needlepoint purse in floral motif. Brass-coloured closure and looped chain handle,

White cotton cutwork and eyelet summer dress, 3/4 sleeves with lace fringe, long tiered skirt with scalloped hem, machine lace trim, c.1912-1914. No label. FRC2014.01.034

White cotton cutwork and eyelet summer dress, sleeves with lace fringe, long tiered skirt with scalloped hem, machine lace trim, No label.

Black silk Directoire-style dress with short sleeves, square neckline. Empire style waist with band, fringe detail on skirt and sleeves. Inner Petersham belt. c.1912. No label. FRC2013.05.002

Black silk Directoire-style dress with short sleeves, square neckline. Empire style waist with band, fringe detail on skirt and sleeves.

Purple taffeta halter dress and bolero with large ruffles at shoulders and hips. c.1980s. DAVID REA sample. FRC2013.99.009.

Purple two-piece evening ensemble. Strapless halter top reds and bolero with large ruffles at shoulders and hips. Sample by David Rea.

Black crepe dress with short sleeves, peplum waist detail, back ties, floral sequin spray across left shoulder, c.1940s. FRC1993.04.010

Black crepe dress with short sleeves, peplum waist detail, back ties, floral sequin spray across left shoulder,

Multi-coloured floral knit jumpsuit with shawl and self-belt, c.1970s. Label: The House of Nu-Made Toronto, Canada. FRC1993.04.023 A+B+C

Multi-coloured floral knit jumpsuit with shawl and self-belt, Label: The House of Nu-Made Toronto, Canada.

Cream wool blanket style coat, no closures, tie belt. Lined in silk satin with Jean Paul Gaultier signature print, sleeves are lined in striped cream satin. Label: Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Paris. FRC2009.01.363A+B

Cream wool blanket style coat, no closures, tie belt. Lined in silk satin with Jean Paul Gaultier signature print, sleeves are lined in striped cream satin.

Shot taffeta blue and rose evening coat with moat collar, front pleats from collar, inset 3/4 sleeves, corded rose decorative button, snap front closure with placket. No label, c.1950s. FRC1988.02.024

Shot taffeta blue/rose evening coat with moat collar, front pleats from collar, inset sleeves, corded rose decorative button, snap front closure with placket.

Beautiful detail of hand painted collar on DOLCE & GABBANA fur coat FRC2009.01.226A.

Beautiful detail of hand painted collar on DOLCE & GABBANA fur coat FRC2009.01.226A.

Light green and blue patterned silk damask bodice with asymmetrical gathered front detail, inset sleeves have black velvet ribbon trim at elbow and cuff, inside lined in cream cotton, boning, front hook and eye closures, c.1875-1885. FRC1999.06.010.

Light green and blue patterned silk damask bodice with asymmetrical gathered front detail, inset sleeves have black velvet ribbon trim at elbow and cuff, inside lined with cream cotton and boning, front hook and eye closures.

Black silk taffeta bodice with extended tails, interior boning, fuschia pink selvedge visible, jabot collar with machine lace detail, self-covered buttons (22), missing skirt. c.1878. FRC1999.05.001.

Black silk taffeta bodice with extended tails, interior boning, fuschia pink selvedge visible, jabot collar with machine lace detail, self-covered buttons missing skirt.

Pumpkin yellow corset with lace and ribbon trim, front busk with metal closures and back eyelets, metal boning channels on side and front. c.1900-1910. FRC2013.05.001

Pumpkin yellow corset with lace and ribbon trim, front busk with metal closures and back eyelets, metal boning channels on side and front.

This petticoat has a story! White treated cotton petticoat, cambric lining, lace hem and horizontal pin-tucks, gathered waist, button closure, concealed front pocket in right seam, embroidered name of owner, E.L. Hughes. c.1890. FRC1986.09.101

This petticoat has a story! White treated cotton petticoat, cambric lining, lace hem and horizontal pin-tucks, gathered waist, button closure, concealed front pocket in right seam, embroidered name of owner, E.L. Hughes. c.1890. FRC1986.09.101

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