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

 

Reprising my role

This weekend is Doors Open weekend in Winnipeg and I am again volunteering at the old jail and I am again taking the role that represents the girls who were jailed there for prostitution and about prostitution during the early 20th century.

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Welcome to my humble house if ill repute.  IMG_20170527_181626

Combination undies would really be better for this time period…and an Edwardian corset but lets go with the idea that my character is an older prostitute catering to an older clientele shall we?

Don’t Feed the bears

I’ve been 2 months in my new job now.  If ever there was a sign from God that I had made a good move this is it.  Shortly after my arrival, I learned that my new work space was celebrating 100 years as a hospital (the land had held a hunting lodge, hotel and mansion in various stages of its history).  It became a hospital during the first world war and is now a hybrid facility with a personal care home, rehab hospital, day hospital and some medical things like labs and x-ray facilities.   In celebration, the Costume Museum of Canada was invited to put on its Heritage Fashion Review, which has models wearing near perfect replicas of items in the collection.  (It was like God was saying “You fit here.  You belong here.”)

In spite of volunteering with the Museum for years, I haven’t actually seen the show yet.  Lucky me!  As part of my job, I had to take down, and sit with, some of the residents that are living in the personal care home section so that they could see the show.  Basically, I got paid to see a show I’ve wanted to see for years!

In honor of the show, staff were encouraged to dress up in their favorite decade from the last 100 years.  For me that would have to be the years closest to the Victorian era, obviously. But, I don’t have anything from 1916…closest I have is my 1901 widows weeds.  But, being a middle aged woman in war time, it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility that during a time of mourning, I pulled out my widows weeds and in the interest of frugality and war time shortages I wore it in spite of it being 15 years out of date.

The other reason it is perfect is because of the sign over the gift shop where I work.img_20160930_153303099_hdr

The gift shop is called the Dancing Bear gift shop.  I can’t find proof for this but I believe the photograph is connected to the location of my work space.  Perhaps when it was a hotel?  In addition to the gift shop there is a bar called Chad’s Bar.  It is an actual pub for the patients and residents in the building.  (The name Chad is also connected to the history of the land, I believe)  And next to the entrance to the bar is a stuffed bear.

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All in all, a good day!

 

Ah, life

I wish I could say my life is solely what I write here but, alas, it is not.  In between my volunteer work at the museum, family parties, sewing, knitting,collecting cabinet cards and romping around in pretty dresses, there is the rest of my life and it can get in the way of “blog life”.  I wonder how many bloggers wish that blog life was the only life they have?  Most of us put a pleasant shine on it.  The only negative is a little self depreciation, “oh, look how I screwed that sleeve up….”

But in reality there is drama that I don’t bore you with.  There are stresses that need dealing with, changes that I’m opting to make and changes that are foisted upon me, and there is work.  So sometimes there is no time or inner oomph to crank out another post (that 14 people will read).

I try to have a post go up Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with pictures to break up the print and help you figure out if you actually want to read the print.  If I miss a day, it is likely due to real life.   Forgive me?

Tuesday’s Treasures: memorial jewelry

During a fairly recent volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada, I came across what I believe is memorial jewelry. The first is a rather large locket dated 1860’s.11

It was not metal. May be it was wood?  I don’t know.  Instead of photographs inside, there is hair.  I hope you can make it out in the photograph.  The glass is quite scratched.  12

I hope you also noticed that in the inner edges, around the glass, have a pattern worked into it.

The next piece is a double portrait pendant.9

The photograph seems to be of an Victorian or Edwardian woman but that is all I have for dates.  The other photograph is on the other side of the lady’s photo.10

It was a man and that is all I can make out.  It obviously did not endure time as well!

The third piece is my favorite because of the red stones (ruby? garnet?).6

The photograph is of 2 women.7

It is pretty primitive looking and yet I love it!  The piece is held to the wearer with a bar pin and a chain.8

I wish I caught the end of the chain in the photograph because I don’t recall what it is.  Was it a bar that was slid into a button hole?  I can’t remember.  But it is a good idea.  I’ve had the clasp on my pins come undone and then they are gone….

The modern side

During the accessories display the Costume Museum had Victorian and Edwardian accessories on one side of the room and they had more modern items on the other.  Even though this is not my particular interest, I did take some broad photographs of these items because I did help a bit with them as well.

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1920’s outfit

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1930’s beach ensemble

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A table full of 20’s and 30’s accessories.

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1940’s suit

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1950’s casual wear

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A table full of 40’s and 50’s things.

We will be back to our regular Victorian features next time.  Thanks for indulging me!