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Canadian Fashion

Background to Canadian Fashion

Canadian Fashion received a huge boost in 1967 when the Canadian government organized EXPO 67.   This world trade fair which was held in Montreal Canada exposed Canadian design in fashion, architecture, graphics and technology to the international community.  After the show was over, the Canadian government set up Fashion/Canada to promote Canadian Fashion.

Toronto, Canadian Fashion Center

Canadian Fashion is heavily influenced by Toronto, Canada's largest city and the center of Canadian Fashion.  Every year there are two major Fashion Weeks featuring the big name designers of Canadian Fashion.  Some of Canada's biggest fashion gurus come from Toronto such as Alfred Sung and Arthur Mendonca.

Alfred Song

Arthur Mendonca

Toronto’s Canadian Fashion Districts

Toronto continues to be the breeding ground for talented, young, up and coming Canadian Fashion designers.  Local creations are often featured at such boutiques as Propaganda, Courage My Love and Fresh Collective.

The key retail areas for Canadian Fashion can be found in several locations:

  1. For high end Canadian Fashion, there is Yorkville along Bloor West area.  This is the home of Canada's more expensive high end designers such as Philippe Dubuc and Marilyn Brooks.
  2. For hip and trendy Canadian Fashion, Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue is the area to showcase local talents.  Along Queens Street West past Spadina Street is known as the Fashion District.  This section is full of Canadian fabric and upholstery wholesalers.  Another area along Queens Street is the center of the rebirth of Goth in Toronto.

Getting Started in Canadian Fashion

Clothing and Fabric Designers

Canadian Fashion Media

The first all Canadian fashion magazine, Flare began selling on the newsstands in 1979.  Today, Flare magazine provides Canadian women with the latest in high fashion trends, beauty tips and style advice.  The magazine began as a replacement for a former Canadian magazine called Miss Chatelaine.  It became Canada's first successful fashion magazine focusing on young Canadian career women and providing them with predominately Canadian content.


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