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.
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
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.
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