Head- to- toe Tips on How to Dress for a Summer Clearance sale

When I was a kid, my Great Aunt Ella introduced me to the wonders of big city sale shopping. She’d don hat and gloves, prepare her purse with chocolate treats to dole out at intervals, and take me on the streetcar to some of her favourite fashion haunts in Montreal. It was summer in theContinue reading “Head- to- toe Tips on How to Dress for a Summer Clearance sale”

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters

When Red Hat Queen Eleanor Rollinson asked me to perform my Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show at her district branch convention, I was thrilled and a little intimidated. In a room full of 200 red-hat, purple dress-wearing women, would my various millinery museum pieces be noticed? Even Evelyn had her concerns; she asked me to cutContinue reading “Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Those Crazy- Popular Red Hatters”

Did you Spot the Royal Wedding “Vintagey” Hat?

A CNN reporter interviewing Vogue Magazine’s Style Editor this week remarked on Oprah’s Royal Wedding hat, describing it as “vintagey”. What a great word! It is high time that the word vintage, as it applies to “fashion”, was redefined. Perhaps in the interim, “vintagey” will do. Sort of like vintage, but more important in itsContinue reading “Did you Spot the Royal Wedding “Vintagey” Hat?”

1950s Swimsuits, a Feature of our Frantic Fashion From the 1950s Travelling Exhibit

Swimsuit styles of the 1950s are worth taking a second look. We’ve pulled them out of the archives in readyness for our travelling exhibit of iconic 1950s fashion. Here’s what makes them so interesting: At a time when suburbia was in its infancy and backyard pools promised a luxury lifestyle, swimsuits were not only structuredContinue reading “1950s Swimsuits, a Feature of our Frantic Fashion From the 1950s Travelling Exhibit”

Happy Nurses’ Week

Happy Nurses’ Week from the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive as we add vintage uniforms and caps to our Nightingale collection. Hats off to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Lakeshore GeneralLakeshore General, Chedoke, St. Peter’s Hospital, and Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital  where I learned much in my 18-year nursing career.

Titanic era Dresses Headed to Mississauga

In between studying for two psychology exams this week, I’ll be pulling some pieces from archives and packing them for a presentation of #EdwardianFashion. The Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume archive will be returning to Parkland on the Glen Retirement Residence April 14th our ‘Unsinkable Fashion from the Titanic era’ show, An exhibit of authentic Titanic era fashion,Continue reading “Titanic era Dresses Headed to Mississauga”

What’s YOUR Favourite Easter bonnet?

Every day is hat day for me, but for you more conservative types, tomorrow’s the day you can cast aside your inhibitions and don the most glorious chapeau you can find. This is also the weekend to watch that classic feel-good movie, Easter Parade.  You will be inspired to buy a fabulous hat if you don’tContinue reading “What’s YOUR Favourite Easter bonnet?”