Costume connections

I have to say that I have yet to meet a costumer that I can’t get along with.  Most are open and friendly and very excited to hear what you are up to and to share what they are creating.  When I went to Costume College ALONE I found I wasn’t alone unless I wanted to be.  I just had to walk in a room and half the time I was approached within a few short minutes.  The rest of the time I approached others and they were instantly open to talk with me.  I know that many long distance friendships have started this way.

So with this in mind, when one of my readers let me know she would be in my city for a few short days and asked if we could meet, I instantly agreed.  When I told my son I was essentially meeting a stranger I met on-line he looked at me in horror and concern and firmly warned me that this was not a safe practice. Hahaha! (When did that happen?  When did we switch roles!)

Anyway, I met LJ and her husband at their hotel and we instantly hit it off.  No awkward silences!  We launched into discussions of fabric choices, pattern preferences, options we each had for wearing our costumes, costume philosophy…and it was great.  Her hubby was a patient fellow.  He endured the buzzy conversations of two costume geeks for an hour and a half while likely silently wishing he had brought his TV from his hotel room down!

Thanks LJ for a wonderful morning and I hope you got to see Dalnavert!12047031_724634884307031_4718055864402869449_n

If you get here again, I hope it is during a time that you have more free time.  You could bring a costume and we could make it an event!

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Pop exhibit: My favorites

The exhibit was grouped together in sets.  The first set was coats.

My favorite was the leopard skin coat.  It has leather frog closures and sable trim.

Actually, I was uncomfortable with this one.  My main feeling was “poor kitty” but in a small corner of my brain, I could not deny this 1950’s coat was stunning.  I’d wear a faux fur version of this for sure!

The second set compared 1850’s to 1950’s.  Both were silk.   And I liked both.  First up 1950’s.  Could easily wear that today.  16

1850’s bodice with attached overskirt.  The under skirt is missing and the mannequin made the modern hoops sit funny.  The hoops could have used a petticoat or two as well.

I must have a fabric in this color!

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The lace the dressers put at the collar is lovely!  And I like the broach as well.10

The third set was edging in around the turn of the century.  And my favorite was the 1897 Charles Worth Gown designed for Emily Ashford Countess of Warwick. 20

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I once held this dress in my hot little hands.  I could have sworn I blogged about it but can’t find it now.  Gosh I was happy!

Also in this turn of the century set, was a dress I have blogged about before.  A black lace dress from 1900.26

It was displayed with wonderful accessories.

The next set was a 20’s theme.  Not my favorite era but I can appreciate the work in some of these dresses.  Notably in the bead work.  From 1922.

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From 1923.

Accented with a nice beaded bag.

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The next set was two dresses, one from the 20’s and one from the 50’s in mauve.

I liked the 1957 dress.

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The final set looked at more modern dresses from the 60’s-2000’s.

Notable to me was the Paco Rabanne metal dress.  One must assume some sort of slip was worn under it.

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Any of you costume convention folks interested in how this thing went on, here is a back view.  Clever idea!

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There was a 60’s dress that seemed to be a nod towards 20’s styles. How many beads went into the making of this!

And finally, there was a dress I noticed because it wasn’t crazy.  It was from a designer that I think was crazy. Scassi!

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Costume Museum of Canada pop up exhibit

I haven’t been able to do much volunteering at the Costume Museum since I started my current job so I was more than pleased when an opportunity came up to volunteer this past Saturday.  Let me show you a general over view of the show today and tomorrow, I will focus on my favorite pieces.

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2005 women wool coat 1950’s Christian Dior 1937 men’s coat

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1950 silk and 1850’s silk

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1900 gown, 1909 gown, 1910 frock coat, 1897 WORTH gown (gasp!)

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1922-24 dress, 1923 flapper dress, 1922 gown, 1929 tux, 1926 dress

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1957 cocktail dress with 50’s fur, 1926 French gown

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1980’s (not my favorite era….)

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1960’s beaded dress, 1968 Paco Rabanne metal and feather dress, 1980 Scassi dress

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2007 silk gown, 1960 tux, 1968 Paco Rabanne mini dress

 

Painting Rocks

This is not a Victorian activity.  Many apologies.  But, meh, I got nothin’ else so lets go for it.

Apparently, this has been a “thing” in other places for some time and now someone has started it here in Winnipeg.  Winnipeg Rocks.

Basically, you find a rock or two you like.  Paint it.  (No doodads like gems or stickers because they fall off). Put a reference to the Facebook Page “Winnipeg Rocks” on the back of the rock and then you seal it.  Find a public place to hide them (not in the grass…they mess up lawn mowers) and watch and see if anyone finds your rock and posts it on the page.  Some people put notices on the page of where they hid their rocks so folks have a fighting chance of finding them…especially helpful for folks who are dragging kids out to hunt for rocks.

I’m not sure I will go hunting…that sounds like too much work.  I do hope I will randomly stumble on one though.  Some of them are pure works of art!

I painted up 3.  Lets call them the monochrome phase.  (i.e. to cheap to cough up for more than 3 bottles of paint until I know if I will like this BIG TIME.) Definitely not works of art.

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I settled on 3 quick jobs as a “taste test”.  I enjoyed painting them (if I did not think about how boring they are).  We will see if they are found and posted about.  If I get a big charge out of it I may do it again.  Anyone else do this in their home town?

 

Ladies! I think I found a new venue!

While chatting with a long distance friend and making plans for her visit this week she mentioned McLeod House in a near by town.  I’ve googled it and it is just up our alley!  Built in 1898 it is suitable for our Victorian attire and with an Edwardian war hero associated with it, it could be a good place for our Edwardian outfits (if and when we get them together!) TC-July2014-v2-4

In honor of the first treaty signed in Manitoba

The Seven Oaks House Museum hosted an event in horror of the first treaty signed in Manitoba.  (July 18, 1817).  Members of the Manitoba Living History group hosted a reenactment. My groups member, Lottie, is also a member of MLH and she was there in action! Front and back view of her ensemble.

There were some displays with my favorites being the spinning display…

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…and the gun and military jackets.  This jacket is a replica of the one that would have been worn by Capt. Miles Macdonell, first governor of the Red River Settlement.

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I loved the animal displays as well!  Who doesn’t!

There was a camp display.

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There were some stunning representations of clothing and of key players of the time in the event.

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Isn’t this cute!

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The event featured a parade with a flag raising and an offering from the aboriginal members of the event.  I hope to get the videos playing upside up in my next post.

Then there was a reenactment of the treaty signing and gift exchange.

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My understanding of this treaty was the original signers did a fairly good job of honoring it…but the next generation did not.  And Canada is still struggling to reconcile and start clearing up the mess that was made of broken promise after broken promise.