A Common Thread: A History of Toronto's Garment Industry


Thursday May 17, 2018
06:30 PM until 07:30 PM


This lecture talks about the exhibition A COMMON THREAD which chronicled the history of the garment industry in Toronto, that began well over a hundred years ago, centred in and around Spadina Avenue. The Jewish community was an integral part of the industry's development and still identifies closely with the trade. The stories include immigrant opportunities; Spadina Avenue and its role in the industry; working conditions and unions; ready-to-wear vs. made-to-measure; corporate successes and individual stories of those who worked in the industry. Vintage clothing, documents, photographs and tools of the trade provide a colourful backdrop. Speaker: Since 1992, Dorion Liebgott has been the curator of the Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum. Everyone welcome. Drop in. No registration required. Free program.




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170 Memorial Park Ave.
Toronto, ON

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