Mothers’ Day Hat Shows & Special Events

every hat (1)The Mobile Millinery Museum is gearing up for our busy May season once again. We kick off Mothers’ Day weekend early this year (Thursday, May 11th) with a visit to the Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence in Orangeville where we will present our signature Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show.  The Mobile Millinery Museum is home to over 2500 historical hats, half of which are featured in the popular coffee table book, 1,000 Hats. Each is a sartorial treasure evoking feelings of nostalgia and memories of special times. Edith Kennedy of the Uxbridge Historical Museum called our show “fascinating, fun, and entertaining.” The perfect accompaniment to a Mother’s Day tea, Easter or Victoria Day celebration.

May 12th it is on to Burlington’s Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence for a special vintage costume presentation entitled Beauty and the Bead. This exhibit features bead-embellished gowns, hats, jackets and handbags including a rare 1930s Jeanne Lanvin couture gown and a silk brocade opera gown embellished with three large exquisitely detailed birds. Woven into the custom textile are the words L’Oiseau Blue (The Blue Bird). The dress was made for a performance of the opera by the same name.

BesBen6On Mother’s Day weekend itself, we return to Benares House in Mississauga for two days of High Tea and a nostalgic look at 150 years of hats. We will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a fashion show of historic hats spanning the years 1867 to 2017. Every Hat Tells a Story! Have you ever wondered what the Ladies of Confederation were doing while their husbands were charting a course for our country? It is likely they were fixing their bonnets and having tea. We’ll do the same Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14 from noon till 2:00. (Overflow shows at 3:00).

Friday, May 26th we will take our Retrospective Millinery Fashion show to Grace United Church in Dunville for their fundraiser, and on and on and on…

We still have open dates, so if you’re interested in one of our presentations for your special programs contact me below: Norma Shephard



Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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