The contemporary concept of fashion design emerged in the mid-nineteenth century, with the widespread acknowledgement of the added commercial and cultural value of individual authorship behind the creation of fashionable clothing.In Canada, through the middle of the nineteenth century, key developments occurred in the establishment of a clothing industry, which is well documented by the first census of 1871. Canadians whose professions most closely resembled Worth's model of the fashion designer at the time were the dressmakers and tailors who ran relatively small-scale establishments catering to local markets in urban settings.The export market for Canadian clothing, which developed slowly through the 1970s and 1980s before booming in the 1990s, has been a significant factor in increasing the renown of Canadian designers outside Canada.
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