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Some Programme Choices for Presentations of Historical Fashions
We offer the programmes and themes described below that have previously been successfully presented to public audiences. For a new audience we can repeat one of these programmes, or we can create a completely new programme with a new theme that is specific to your audience and location.

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Each programme is accompanied by period music on CD, and by a commentary.  The commentary describes how historical events in the wider world influenced the development of new fashion.  Fashion history has links to technological history, art history, economics, transportation and communication, progress in education, women's participation in the workforce and social development.  Our focus is on Canadian history, as it affected the lives of Canadians who also participated in events the wide world over.

Our collections also include men's costume and children's costume.  Men and children can also participate as models in each period we showcase.

Those Were the Days ! 
A 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, "New Look", ending with the glamourous fifties.
To Have and to Hold The 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.
Getting Dressed
Using 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.
Peace and War How 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.
The Burdens of Fashions Do 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".
Fashions in the Time of Jane Austen Jane 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.
Fashions in the Regency Period From 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.
Fashions in theVictorian Period FashionableVictorian 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.
Fashions in the Edwardian Period The "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.
Fashions in the 20th Century What 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
Sports 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.

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