We've Got Style: Fashion Programs and Books During September

August 21, 2018 | Bill V.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that librarians are not only good looking but also renowned for their style and fashion sense. So . . . it makes sense that during September our tie in to the Toronto Fashion Week is a great line up of programs.


Ashley Barby founder of FashionTech Toronto

Fashion Meets Technology: Innovation and Trends in Toronto's Fashion-Tech Industry.

Join us for a fascinating talk with Ashley Barby, founder and producer of FashionTech Toronto. The talk will include demos of innovative technologies reshaping fashion, retail and beauty.

Tuesday September 4, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Beeton Hall, Toronto Reference Library.

If you like cutting edge fashion you may also enjoy these blogs with links to lots of library materials:


World at Your feet copyright Bata Shoe Museum and photo by Ron Wood
Green Vivienne Westwood Shoe (Copyright Bata Shoe Museum Toronto & photo by Ron Wood)

The World at Your Feet: Inside the Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum

Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, gives a shoe scholar's insider look at the world famous collection.

Monday September 10, 2018 from 2-3 p.m in the Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd floor Toronto Reference Library. 

If you're interested in shoes or the Bata Museum then you will also enjoy these blogs about other library material:



Great Art: Art of the 18th Century: Art Historian Barbara Isherwood introduces the art of the 18th century, a time of massive change throughout Europe. Discover how the French aristocracy swapped Baroque bombast for the lively Rococo style. See how Enlightenment thinkers encouraged artists to consider ordinary people as suitable subjects for art. Learn how new types of portraiture in Britain reflected the rise of the middle class while in America a craze for Neoclassicism symbolized the democratic aims and revolutionary spirit of the emerging country. 

Friday September 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  in the Hinton Learning Theatre at the Toronto Reference Library.

You may also be interested in the other two Great Art programs happening later in the fall Emily Carr: The Bravest of them All and Rembrandt in Black and White: The Printmaker



Funny Face dvd with Audrey Hepburn

Funny Face (DVD) (we also have the CD/emusic and sheet music)

Unassuming bookseller (Audrey Hepburn) is transformed into a glamourous model by a famous photographer (Fred Astaire) and a flamboyant magazine editor (Kay Thompson).

Monday, September 17, 2018 from 2-3:30 in the Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd floor, Toronto Reference Library.

If you're interested we have many other Audrey Hepburn movies, books and downloads available to borrow as well. 


Golden Age of Couture Paris and London 1947-1957

The golden Age of Couture: Paris and London, 1947-57: This lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a style that symbolised a new femininity.The full skirts and hour glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and extravagance, in marked contrast to the austerity of the war years. 


Henry Navarro Delgado

World Fashion Reconsidered: Style beyond the Western Tradition:

Tuesday September 18th, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Beeton Hall (1st floor) Toronto Reference Library 

Henry Navarro Delgado, Associate Professor, Ryerson School of Fashion, and an expert on the confluence of fashion, social issues, and visual culture, discusses Non-western style in a contemporary light. Fashion expressions in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and their underlying philosophical and cultural elements as they continue to shape style beyond the western tradition, will be discussed. Professor Delgado draws from his cultural background and research to foster an appreciation of Non-western fashion. The talk will emphasize the dynamic continuity of Indigenous Traditions within globalized fashion practices and the importance of cultural diversity.


Asian street fashion

Asian street fashion


Fashion Africa a visual overview of contemporary African fashion

Fashion Africa: A Visual Overview of Contemporary African Fashion