The Challenge

fashion history museumThe Fashion History Museum was founded in 2004, became a federal non-profit corporation in 2008, and was granted charitable status by the Canadian government in March 2009. A board of directors governs the museum with the assistance of an advisory committee composed of specialists from diverse fields.

Since 2004 the museum has been creating exhibitions that have travelled throughout Canada and as far afield as Hong Kong and Bahrain. They are delighted to now have a permanent exhibition space open to the public at the historical ‘Southworks’ site in Cambridge, Ontario.

The Fashion History Museum houses an immense fashion history museum 2collection consisting of over 8,000 garments and accessories dating from the 1660s to the present. Alongside historical dress, the museum is building a contemporary Canadian designer collection as well as a comprehensive library and archives of fashion related publications and documents.

The Fashion History Museum issued an “Architectural Challenge” to artists participating in The Wearable Art Show 2013. Inspired by its own upcoming exhibition “Street Style,” the Museum invited artists participating in the 2013 edition of The Wearable Art Show to create a wearable art piece inspired by the theme of architecture. The “Street Style” exhibit will explore the historical relationship between fashion and architecture, concluding with examples of contemporary artisanal works.  All submissions to the “Architectural Challenge” will be part of a special display at The Wearable Art Show 2013.  In addition, museum officials will select one of the entries for its permanent collection and feature it in their upcoming “Street Style” exhibit, which will be launched at the Waterloo Region Museum in May 2014.

For more information and lots more images visit the Fashion History Museum’s website



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