Amazing work!

Dalnavert Museum’s gift shop has some amazing art work by Valerie Wilson.  Her medium is quilting and it is quilting like I have never seen before!  Stunning! Hope you enjoy these samples of her work!

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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

 

Out and about…at least my body was!

Victorian at Heart went to the old fort for our end of summer outing.

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Shirley wore 1850’s, Lottie wore early 1860’s, I wore early 1870’s (which I ran around telling everyone was late 1860’s) but, look at  the expression on my face…. I was quite clearly strung out from the excessive heat.  I forgot the icepacks I usually wear under my hats to keep my brain functional.

In spite of the heat, it was a pleasant afternoon wandering around looking at things.  The big house, which is the highlight of the place, was shut down for renovations which was too bad. But the smaller houses were charming as were the workers.IMG_20170827_141541415

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Here are a few of the better shots.  Please excuse all the crazed, uptight expressions I am sporting.

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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

Video from the last outing

The event was officially launched with a flag raising, which I have a nice little video of but WordPress insists on playing it upside down…I wont torment you with that.

The event was then blessed in traditional aboriginal fashion.  The video is fairly long (but up side up). I  found the music very moving!  Much more powerful in person than on video.

The event being celebrated featured the local aboriginal tribes and the Scottish settlers so some Scottish music was shared as well.  I find the pipes moving as well!  But that is just my Scottish blood speaking! This video has the still sideways but it in fact plays upside up!  Sigh!

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.