We went to see a fine young gentleman yesterday, Zack Pinsent at The Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit this little gem of a museum I highly recommend it. The story of how the museum came to be is wonderful. You can read more here.
Commitment To Style & Sustainability Zack Pinsent
If you’ve never heard of Zack Pinsent before I suggest you watch this little two minute video below from the BBC or read this article with loads of brilliant photos, and yes, he really does look like a Disney prince.
Would you be dedicated enough to wear historically accurate clothing every day?
Zack no longer owns any modern clothes and has dressed this way for ten years. His style fills him with confidence and brings him joy.
Isn’t that what we all desire from our clothing?
Zack creates all of his clothing himself. He is a self taught tailor and operates his own business of bespoke period clothing based in Brighton.
Sustainable Slow Fashion
I was impressed with Zack’s commitment to the environment and slow fashion. During his presentation he lamented our destruction of the planet due to relentless consumption and subsequent disposal of what he accurately deemed, “inadequate garments” to landfills.
In contrast, Zack strives to use locally sourced, biodegradable, natural fibers and ensures every morsel of material is used. To demonstrate his fabric frugality he revealed his coat had been pieced together (stoted, or invisibly stitched together) from twelve scraps leftover from his client’s orders. Nothing is wasted!
The bespoke period pieces he creates are skillfully stitched (upwards of 90% by hand), giving a whole new meaning to the idea of slow fashion.
Zack performed a “reverse strip tease”.
He started the presentation wearing his underwear from the era (which, by the way, was a full shirt and britches with stockings, no nudity, sorry ladies!) and explained each layer in detail as he added it. The resulting dramatic complete ensemble was similar to the one below. Dashing right?
He was charming, informative, funny and delightfully entertaining.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Prior the presentation we took in the current exhibit, “Made in France”.
These were the three dresses that need to somehow magically find their way into my closet. I’ve been a very good girl Santa!
And finally this sparkly number below by Harry Algo, 1966.
The name Harry Algo didn’t refer to an actual person but the company made quality clothes at affordable prices for department stores in foreign markets. It operated from the 60’s to the 80’s. I still find vintage Algo pieces while thrifting like this vintage lurex maxi dress currently for sale in my Etsy store.
This is what I wore…
And the husband was channeling Don from Mad Men.
The tie, hat and tie clip are authentic 50s.
How committed are you to your personal style?
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