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Welcome to the Ryerson Fashion Research Collection’s Online Database

The FRC encompasses several thousand objects related to fashion, including garments and accessories as well as photographs and ephemera. Not all objects have been catalogued yet. The oldest object (FRC2014.07.488) is a sprigged muslin dress that dates to around 1815. The FRC also includes a range of garments by contemporary designers including Balenciaga, Dior, Issey Miyake, Pucci, Wayne Clark and others.

Searching the Collection
Not sure where to start? The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays an assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view the catalogue record.

Looking for a specific designer or objects from a specific decade? The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. For example, you can search for a designer name such as Christian Dior, a type of garment such as cocktail dress, or a date range such as the 1920s.

Need Help?
If you are having trouble finding something, please let us know. Parts of the collection are not online yet, but we may have what you are looking for. Email Collection Co-ordinator Ingrid Mida at

How to make a research appointment

The Ryerson Fashion Research Collection is located in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. This facility is not open to drop in visits, but undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars are invited to request a research appointment. Please provide the object # such as 2017.07.001 and a brief description of the items you wish to see. You may request up to 5 items for an appointment. Appointments are limited and not all requests can necessarily be accommodated.

For appointments or research questions, please email Collection Co-ordinator Ingrid Mida at Appointment requests will not be accepted by phone.

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