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What is Canadian fashion?

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"There's no doubt that our clothes can reflect a definite Canadian personality," explains CBC's Shirley Brett. In this 1954 radio clip, she's reporting on the first all-Canadian fashion show, staged in Montreal by 13 Canadian fashion designers. After describing some of the designs on display, Brett comes to her own conclusions on what Canada's fashion world is all about. "I had the feeling that Canadian fashion designers - like our diplomats - can compromise, can adapt and co-exist."

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Sept. 9, 1954
Reporter: Shirley Brett
Duration: 2:09

Did You know?


• In a 2004 Toronto Star article, Canadian fashion historian Alexandra Palmer commented that Canada's fashion industry still struggles with its identity. "People have an idea of what English, German or French style is. But there's a big blank when they think of Canadian fashion ... What we don't have is a national design identity. If you ask Americans they'll say Canadians are nicely dressed in much the same way they would say the subways are clean. We are not flamboyant or overly stylish."


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