Historical Hat Show at Hollandview Trail

IMG_0194-1Three enthusiastic staff members of  Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence in Aurora modelled hats for us today as we presented another Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show. The fabulous felt 1960s Christian Dior pictured here made its debut at the show and was well received.IMG_0195

Researcher Deirdre Macdonald was also on hand to experience for herself how audiences respond to an early Lily Jamon number featured in the exhibit. Macdonald is writing a book on the career of this milliner who created hats for the Stratford theatre as well as a number of Canadian socialites.

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The Georgian says Yes to the Wedding Dress Exhibit

20150806_160401 Staff of the Georgian Retirement Residence in Dundas Ontario dressed for a day like no other on Thursday as they welcomed the Mobile Millinery Museum’s “Say Yes to the Wedding Dress” presentation. 

Residents and guests of the Chartwell facility were treated to a retrospective of bridal finery from the 1860s to the 1980s. Many of the gowns on display are featured in my book, Accessorizing the Bride; Vintage Wedding Finery Through the Decades.  20150806_143255-1

20150806_143133The “Say Yes to the Wedding Dress” collection is the museum’s feature exhibit for the 2015/2016 season and can be booked as a one-hour show with commentary or an extended exhibit or installation.  Call or email for details. bride book20150806_143208

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Only the Best at Vintage Soul Geek on King Street East

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The grand opening of Hamilton’s newest and coolest vintage clothing shop isn’t until next weekend and already I’ve made the pilgrimage there from Burlington three times. What’s the draw? For me, it’s the clothes (the collection is carefully culled and curated), but it doesn’t hurt that the shop is airy, boutique-like, and features a generous fitting room/lounge and linger area.

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Owners Nick and Connie Bulajic are knowledgeable and friendly. Their dedication to quality and condition is evident in each trendy treasure that’s offered up for sale. The pieces are totally wearable with the occasional sartorial surprise to delight the serious collector.

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From sweet sweaters to a smattering of spectacular ’50s and ’60s wedding gowns to some iconic ’70s maxi skirts, hot pants and beyond, Vintage Soul Geek is worth the visit.

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There are three ways to shop their trendy treasures: visit their Etsy shop, find them at the major vintage clothing shows, or check out their boutique at 279 King Street East in Hamilton. I hope to see you at the grand opening, April 25th from 10 to 10.

Queen of Hats

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Many Majesty rocked these off-the-forehead, high-crowned turbans she so often wore in the ’60s. It didn’t hurt that the style aesthetic of the day was very matchy/matchy.  Over the years I have collected so many similar 1960s toppers that I was able to exhibit a few hundred of them at Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario on the occasion of the Queen’s Jubilee celebration.  Here’s an example:

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Many have become favourites with audiences of our Retrospective Millinery Fashion Shows.