Latest Projects by Yvette Mahe

LATEST PROJECTS

Yvette T. M. Mahé

PROJECT ON THE HISTORY OF FASHION

history of fashion

Fashion, a social construct like language and culture, provides a window for studying customs, traditions, beliefs, shared values, symbolism, identity formation, social hierarchies, and for understanding the interplay between power and dominance in society. Karlyne Anspach (1967), in The Why of Fashion (The Iowa State University Press), explains that, “Through fashion people know where they stand in relation to others, who they are, and how they act” (p. 41).

Historically, fashion flourished at the courts of emperors, kings and queens, and among the aristocratic elite of inherited lineage or positions. In the last few centuries, due to the demand for high fashion clothing by the wealthy and powerful in society, new industries were created to produce fashion goods. This is evident in France at the turn of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth centuries with the establishment of Haute Couture Fashion Houses such as those founded by Charles Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Jacques Doucet, Callot Sisters, Jeanne Paquin, and Jeanne Lanvin, to name a few. High fashion houses still continue to influence clothing styles and trends. However, new designs for the production of mass fashion may sometimes originate from other sources of society such as movies, celebrities and entertainers, peoples of other cultures, and subculture groups (i.e. the Bohemians in the 1950s, the “hippie” in the 1960s, the punk look in the 1970s).

In the summer of 2011, I began to research and write a series of articles on topics dealing with the HISTORY OF FASHION. Below you will find a list of the articles published to date on the Origin of Haute Couture and the History of Furs in Fashion. These articles can be viewed in the Fashion Collections Website. The link for this website is shown at the end of the list of articles.

ARTICLES ON THE HISTORY OF FASHION

  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (April 25, 2016). History of wigs (perukes) as fashion attire.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 25, 2015. History of sleepwear. Nightshirts, nightgowns, pyjamas, dressing gowns, and nightcaps.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 17, 2015). History of jeans: from workpants to high fashion.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (May 24, 2014). History of men’s undergarments. Part II: men’s sex-organ covers, 1600-2000.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 10, 2014). History of men’s undergarments. Part I: men’s underwear up to 1600.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (February 10, 2014). History of gloves and their significance. Part II: customs and symbolism associated with gloves.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 12, 2013). History of gloves and their significance. Part I: early fashion gloves.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (September 3, 2013). History of women’s petticoats. History of women’s hooped petticoats: 1500-1900 (farthingales, panniers, bustles, and crinolines).
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 4, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part III. Changes in corsetry, 1900-1950.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 3, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part II.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 2, 2013). History of women’s corsets. Part I.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (April 1, 2013). History of jewellery. Part II. Jewellery and craftsmanship over the ages.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (March 27, 2013). History of jewellery. Part I. Origins of jewellery.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 5, 2013). History of facial cosmetics. History of beauty and cosmetics.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 14, 2012). History of embroidery before 1900. Part II.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (November 12, 2012). History of embroidery before 1900. Part I.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (July 8, 2012). Fashion furs and markets. Fur markets and fashion furs, 2000-2012.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (June 2, 2012). Introduction for furs in the 20 th century. Furs in fashion in the early twentieth century.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (February 19, 2012). History of furs in fashion 10 th to 19 th century.
    Furs and fashion trends in dress between the 10 th and 10 th centuries.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (January 11, 2012). History of furs in fashion and their usage over the last 2000 years.
  • Mahé, Yvette, PhD. (December 4, 2011). An Introduction of the use of fur in fashion and the history of fur in society.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (November, 2011). History of fashion and Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946). House of Lanvin, the oldest fashion house in the world.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (October 4, 2011). History of Mme Jeanne Paquin the first woman designer to open her own fashion house in Paris (1869-1956).
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (September 21, 2011). Callot Soeurs (Callot Sisters). A leading fashion house.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (September 8, 2011). Jacques Doucet (1853-1929). An Old Master of fashion design.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 25, 2011). History of Haute Couture: Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975). AKA Queen of the bias cut.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 23, 2011). History of Haute Couture: Paul Poiret (1897-1944). One of the founders of couture, discover the history of Poiret.
  • Mahé, Yvette, Ph.D. (August 19, 2011). Discover the history of fashion’s first couturier. Charles Frederick Worth and the origins of Haute Couture.

To view the articles published in the History of Fashion Website please go to:

http://www.fashionintime.org/  History of Fashion

Yvette Mahé

About YVETTE T.M. MAHÉ, PhD:
Professor Emeritus/Professeur Émérite
Campus St. Jean
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was Professor of Education at Faculty St. Jean, University of Alberta for 30 years before retiring in June 2006. I am a native of St. Boniface, Manitoba. I received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta in 1972, a Master of Education from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta in 1978, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the same university in 1984. My major research interests and writings are in the area of the history of Francophone education in Western Canada. In my publications I analyze the cultural transmission processes and cultural conflicts in bilingual school districts in French-speaking communities during the period 1892-1960.

  • CELEBRATING RETIREMENT:

Yvette Mahe
Le premier doyen du Campus Saint-Jean, le professeur émérite Frank McMahon, la chef du secteur de l’éducation, la professeure Florence Gobeil-Dwyer, et l’étudiante à la maîtrise en sciences de l’éducation Marie-Andrée Drouin (Calgary), présentent des cadeaux à la professeure Yvette Mahé (tenant une gerbe de fleurs) lors du souper en son honneur. Nouvelles, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta. Été 2006 (15 (2), p. 3.

Testimonial by Dean Marc Arnal

Faculté Saint-Jean

A conference on research in education was held in honour of Professor Yvette Mahé’s contribution to that field of study for over 30 years.  Colleagues and researchers from Calgary, Alberta, and Moncton, New Brunswick, gathered at Campus Saint-Jean on May 25th, 2006, to celebrate research in education and to pay homage to an esteemed peer.  Besides teaching at Saint-Jean and directing the institution’s Masters in Education Program, Doctor Mahé leaves behind an important body of research.  Her School districts established by French-speaking Settlers in Alberta, 1885-1939 will continue to be consulted by researchers in the field of French education in Alberta for many years to come.

Dean Marc Arnal stated that “Yvette Mahé has contributed greatly to Campus Saint-Jean in establishing its Masters in Education Program; she also developed an encyclopedic knowledge of the rules and regulations of Graduate Studies.  Her meticulous work has gone a long way in establishing the academic credibility of our masters program with Graduate Studies.”

Nouvelles, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.  Summer 2006, 5 (1), 18.

  • Allocution donnée par YVETTE d’ENTREMONT, PhD

Vice-doyenne aux affaires académiques

Dans son éloquent témoignage à Yvette Mahé, la vice-doyenne aux affaires académiques, la professeure Yvette d’Entremont disait ceci : « Yvette Mahé savait plonger au milieu des documents les plus anciens, comme les plus poussiéreux, ne négligeant aucun détail pour apporter les réponses les plus complètes, les plus précises.  Ce souci du détail a toujours été mu par un réel désir d’authenticité et de véracité.  …Le secteur des études supérieures de l’université n’a jamais vu d’évaluation d’un programme de maîtrise aussi complet que celui de Saint-Jean rédigé par Yvette, qui faisait près de 1000 pages… Yvette a toujours su faire preuve de cette même probité dans les rapports entretenus avec ses collègues.  Nous avons tous bénéficié de ses égards et de la sagesse de ses conseils…  Côté personnel… Elle a un merveilleux sens de l’humour et aime le plein air… Notre célébration est marquée à l’enseigne de la reconnaissance. »

Nouvelles, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.  Été 2006, 15 (2), 4.

  • UN MOT DE LAURA THOMPSON

Laura Thompson, boursière de la Fondation Alma et Baxter Ricard et étudiante au 3e cycle, se trouvait en Finlande à présenter une communication dans le cadre de la World Curriculum Studies Conference le 25 mai, mais elle a fait parvenir une lettre d’appréciation pour les précieux conseils dont la professeure Mahé l’avait comblée.

« Mes études de 2ecyle à Saint-Jean furent pour moi une grande réussite et c’est grâce à  toi, ma directrice de thèse.  Ton sens de l’organisation, ton professionnalisme et ta pensée critique m’ont impressionnée à maintes reprises.  En plus, tu as toujours mis beaucoup de temps à lire mes nombreuses ébauches et à te préparer pour nos rencontres.  Tu m’as appris comment écrire une proposition de recherche et tu m’as donnée la chance de présenter à des congrès savants avec toi – comme si nous étions collègues. »  Laura Thompson

Nouvelles, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.  Été 2006, 15 (2), 3.

  • Note : Dr. Laura Thompson is now an assistant professor at the School of Education, Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

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