Spring is Easter bonnet time and “every hats tells a story,” says Shephard. She should know; the Burlington Ontario resident has been entertaining audiences and teaching social history through the medium of hats for over fifteen years. Edith Kennedy of the Uxbridge Historical Museum called her show “fascinating, fun, and entertaining.” The perfect accompaniment to a Mother’s Day tea, Easter or Victoria Day celebration. Shephard, who has authored four books on vintage fashion is currently working on a fifth book for Schiffer Publishing entitled Darlings of Dress (a guide to vintage children’s clothing).
Over the years the museum, which is home to over 2500 historical hats, has expanded to include an archive of iconic 19th and 20th century fashions including a rare 1939 Jeanne Lanvin evening gown. In addition to the museum’s signature Retrospective Millinery Fashion Show, museum founder Norma Shephard, has expanded her repertoire of travelling exhibits to include: Shoe and Tell, A Century of Wedding Gowns, Gatsby Garments; What They Wore to Roar, and A Legacy of Lace.