From Rationing to Ravishing:
The Transformation of Women’s Clothing
in the 1940s and 1950s
From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned. Then, in the 1950s, girlishness became the rage.
From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke̶—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 garments. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.
This exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts. It will include features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to virtually try on period garments.
Thanks to our Major Sponsors and Institutional Funders:
Arm & a Leg: Mannequins for Hire
Homes & Living Magazine
The Georgia Straight
Vancouver is Awesome
City of Vancouver
Arts Council of BC
The Province of British Columbia