|Those Were the Days !
nostalgic overview of the fashions we loved from 1918 to
1959. The show uses about 14 models costumed up to represent a
suffragette, the roaring twenties, dirty thirties, wartime austerity,
Look", ending with the glamourous fifties.
Have and to Hold
Weddings Show. Our bridal customs and wedding gowns evolved,
influenced by what was happening in the world, and by social attitudes
toward the marriage vows. Our show begins with the Quaker
gown of 1820, and follows changes in wedding gown fashion through the
Victorian period, the early 20th century up to the present. The
presentation explains the origins of some quaint traditions and
superstitions that we
still value in the present times.
reproduction garments we can see the charming silhouette of a
fashionable lady's style of 1885 arises from structural
undergarments and accessories. Before the audience,we dress a
model with the complete ensemble of 1885 including corset, petticoat,
three layers of gown, hat, parasol, gloves, reticule, cloak and
muff. This programme invites hand-on participation and discussions
about clothing history. We provide our woman model with a
gentleman modelling formal wear of frock coat, waistcoat and top hat.
did the great events of history's wars affect the development of
fashions? We showcase fashions that are linked to French
Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War, Crimean War, The
Great War, WWII and fashion changes when peace came.
Burdens of Fashions
we have to be slaves to fashion ? Apparently we did, as we survey
obvious fashion burdens and obstacles from the past. The hoop
petticoat, trained skirts, corsets, and bustles are few of the
examples that women were willing to endure to appear "in fashion".
in the Time of Jane Austen
Austen (1775 to 1817), the great English novelist, describes a
society bound by rules with a perspective that only a woman writer
could comment on intelligently. Her works are timeless classics.
During her lifetime fashion for women changed greatly. Our
programme contains a sample of women's costumes illustrating how they
changed and includes active dressing of models from their underwear to
their gown and accessories.
in the Regency Period
the excesses of the fashions worn before the French Revolution to the
classic simplicity of Empire and Regency fashion, we showcase changing
women's fashion into a more rational style. Then, however, things
start to get more complicated with new-found wealth and cheaper
textiles. Our costumes demonstrate the changes as new textiles
introduced new styles.
in theVictorian Period
women accepted their duty to announce their families' wealth and status
by dressing in excessive amounts of material made up into gowns
displaying extreme embellishment. We show our Victorian costumes from
1837 to 1900, and explain how industrialization and machine production
brought in fashion changes.
in the Edwardian Period
"New Woman" at the beginning of the 20th century had education and
self-confidence. Her choice in fashion began removing the
encumbrances of her clothing, element by element, over a decade.
This woman participated in sports, social activism, and some career
opportunities that were opened to women only. Our costumes
demonstrate a complete re-thinking of women's place in Canadian society.
in the 20th Century
a century of change! -- Edwardian sensibility, the Great War, the
roaring twenties, the dirty thirties, WWII, the "New Look", the
glamorous fifties, the Boomer revolution, anti-fashion, power
dressing and ending with Retro. We costume up your models
with costumes that bring back fond memories of fashions we used to love.
|Lady Eaton Tea Party
|Costumes we show on models date from 1920 to
1947 and depict semiformal dress for women. Music includes early
20th century ragtime, 1920 and 1930 romantic songs, ending with big
band in 1940. Commentary tells a story of the English custom of
tea service to guests and Lady Eaton's tea rooms in Eatons
stores. We tell an outline of Lady Eaton's life and her
influence in bringing a refined dining experience for shoppers.
|How the Girls Went out to Play
presented problems to women who were eager to participate in physical
activities - society's prejudices and burdensome costume
conventions. The programme shows how costume evolved within the
obligations of femininity and modesty from 1860 to 1950 in croquet,
riding, skating, bicycling, swimming, tennis, hockey, and golf.