Honouring World War I women with a Unique Fashion Exhibit

November 11, 2019 marks a century since the observance of Amistice Day November 11, 1919. Accordingly, the Mobile Millinery Museum is honouring the women who saw their husbands, sons, and sweethearts off to the Great War with an exhibit of Women’s Fashions 1914-1919. As always, we can’t be everywhere, so enquire now about available dates for this one-hour, interactiveContinue reading “Honouring World War I women with a Unique Fashion Exhibit”

Secrets Hidden in a 1916 Net Lace Wedding Gown

It’s no secret that I’m into vintage fashion, bigtime! And no matter where and why I travel, I find time to source some special pieces for the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive. This past July was not different; I picked up some stunning and historically important pieces on my travels which I will blogContinue reading “Secrets Hidden in a 1916 Net Lace Wedding Gown”

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”

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”

My 2017 Hat Pick of the Year

Three Things about my 2017 Hat Pick of the Year that you must Experience for Yourself When I founded the Mobile Millinery Museum back in 1999, my focus was on preserving the lost millinery treasures of the past. I had no idea of the glory to come as modern designers would take up the mantle ofContinue reading “My 2017 Hat Pick of the Year”

Talking Darlings of Dress

The Darlings of Dress interview with Harry Rinker is now archived on www.gcnlive.com Go to the website, click on “Archives/Podcast” on the toolbar, select WHATCHA GOT? in the pop-up window, click on Sunday, January 7 The interview will occur approximately 30 minutes into the second hour of the program. Source: Whatcha Got

Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea

Benares House in Mississauga Saturday provided the perfect location for a late season garden party and hat show. As always, we rely upon volunteers to model the hats, and this presentation was no different (as you can see by the Edwardian Bobby Dazzler in the back ground).  The oversized replica of the hat Johnny DeppContinue reading “Not Too Late for a Garden Party Tea”

Red Hat/No Knickers Folklore Verified

It turns out that what I’ve been telling audiences for years – that red hats used to be hard to come by because it was thought that women in red hats might not be wearing any knickers – was not only true, but very taken seriously by some. Today at our hat show in Dunville,Continue reading “Red Hat/No Knickers Folklore Verified”