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820621290 RR 0001
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Charitable organization

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Reporting period ending: 2019-12-31

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Ongoing programs: Celebrating the official 10th Anniversary of the FHM since being fully registered and recognized as a national charity, and the 15th anniversary since inception, the FHM drew 7,297 visitors to 74 Queen Street East to join in activities, events, and to see the feature exhibition ‘Made In France’, plus three other exhibitions in rotation during 2019. Growing in momentum, the FHM expanded the membership base by almost 25%, many whom also became donors and supporters of the museum and partaking in the very active calendar of events throughout the year as we brought in an international roster of speakers. 2019 also marked the 5th Anniversary of tenancy at 74 Queen Street East, and brought to a close the current Strategic Plan initiated when it first leased the space in 2014. That Plan outlined three key strategic directions over 5 years. For the FHM to move towards: stability achieved through location and community engagement; organization structure appropriate for a national organization in a Cambridge location; being a catalytic partner in the economic development of Hespeler Village, Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo. The FHM has been successful in achieving all three strategic directions as evident by the growing support of the community, the annual core operating funding grant from the City of Cambridge, and various project grants or one time grants from various levels of government. This also denotes the solid presence created in the proximate community and with local politicians. During the past five years the FHM has concentrated on cultivating good relationships with other organizations connected through fashion and heritage, building an international reputation while continually improving its' internal structure and operations as it grows in their facility and accommodate growing collections. Attracting international talent to be involved with the FHM and to visit in person has been gratifying. Providing student opportunities through internships and co-op placements continues to be fulfilling, and in 2019 the FHM welcomed students from York University and the University of Toronto for the first time.

New programs: The Fashion History Museum welcomed its' first Artist in Residence, Robert Haven, from Lexington, Kentucky who is a Master Tambour Beading specialist trained at the House of Lesage in Paris, now owned by Chanel. This opportunity was made possible by many sponsors and enthusiasts, and created the first project partially funded by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund in partnership. Mr. Haven conducted a beading workshop, lectured to our members adding a fashion show of his diverse creations, and during a two week period daily demonstrated this almost lost art of specialized couture handwork by recreating a 1920s dress based upon a fragile original in the FHM's collection. This resulted in international coverage followed by a tour of both pieces on exhibition. A summer exhibition on Chicago's 20th century novelty Milliner Bes Ben was launched with a guest lecture by Elizabeth Jachimowicz, author of the definitive history on Benjamin Greene the creator of these humorous and elegant hats. Collectors from across the province joined in the gala opening and curator's tour. The majority of hats on display were on loan for the first time outside of the USA by Chicago collector Mary Robak, who graciously contributed three outstanding examples to the FHM's permanent collection when the exhibition closed. Early December saw the recording breaking attendance to a FHM lecture with the guest appearance of UK's historical tailor Zack Pinsent, infamous for wearing historical garments himself in everyday contemporary life. Bringing examples of his work and performing a dressing sequence himself from banyan to formal gentlemen's attire in the Regency period along with an engaging sharing of his adventures in creating historically accurate garments of various periods for himself and clients it made his debut appearance in Canada noteworthy. History in the Making: Contemporary Canadian Design saw the annual acquisition devoted to the topic of environmentalism with the addition of a swimsuit made by Toronto based Saltwater Collective using a new sustainable fabric of recycled nylon, and a Waterloo based fibre artist who created a wearable art long sweater coat made from recycled sweaters. Although it was not from 2019, a jacket made by West Coast Haida fashion designer Dorthy Grant was acquired to honour her contribution to Canada's fashion heritage.

Total revenue: $251,163.00

Total expenses: $257,180.00


  • Total compensation for all positions
  • Full-time employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Professional and consulting fees
Compensated full-time positions:
$1 to $39,999
$40,000 to $79,999

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