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?”

How to Enjoy my Books for Free

Yesterday, a friend and writing colleague told me she asked her local library to order in my latest book: Darlings of Dress: Children’s Costume 1860 – 1920. They did, and she is thrilled to know she’ll be the first to crack open that brand new book. If you’re a card-carrying member of a public libraryContinue reading “How to Enjoy my Books for Free”

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Hat Show or Vintage Wedding Gown Exhibit

This is not the first time I’ve been asked to participate in a Royal Wedding Celebration. Yes, we have to get up at six if we want to observe the nuptuals in real time, but how about relaxing with tea and a hat show or vintage wedding gown presentation in the afternoon? The Mobile MillineryContinue reading “Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a Hat Show or Vintage Wedding Gown Exhibit”

Are you a Hat Fancier, but don’t Fancy Wearing a Hat?

In honour of my recent Miriam Haskell find at Winners (I didn’t even know the MH brand was still around), I thought I would get you woke about the awesome hats which used to appear in the Miriam Haskell ads from the 1930s and’40s. PIctured are a few classic styles: A 1930s pixie hat, a ’40s tilt/doll hat inContinue reading “Are you a Hat Fancier, but don’t Fancy Wearing a Hat?”

Darlings of Dress Now Available

 Buy Darlings of Dress from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher. This nostalgic look at children’s costume, from 1860 to 1920, reveals diverse cultural influences on its manufacture and design. More than 300 historic photographs, fashion plates, and selections from vintage catalogs and magazines, plus 115 color images, show examples of costume and accessories. See infants inContinue reading “Darlings of Dress Now Available”

Ladies of Confederation Tea

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive has curated a travelling exhibit entitled the Ladies of Confederation Tea. In 2014, the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference, my husband’s family took their places on the steps of Government House, posing in top hats to mimic that famousContinue reading “Ladies of Confederation Tea”

The Skinny Scarf; Your Affordable Entrée into Vintage Fashion Collecting

It is often said of fashion that everything old becomes new again. This fall, what’s new is the skinny scarf. Except for a brief showing on the Prada runway in 2014, the skinny scarf has not been s… Source: The Skinny Scarf; Your Affordable Entrée into Vintage Fashion Collecting