Ivan Sayers with Marg Vandenberg (Interim CEO) and Gregory Dreicer (Director of Curatorial and Engagement). The certificate reads: “In recognition of your extensive contributions to the Museum and dedication to the preservation of fashion and city history. You are one of our greatest storytellers.”
The Museum of Vancouver would like to congratulate our long-time friend, partner and contributor, Ivan Sayers. Today we presented him with the distinction of Curator Emeritus.
Ivan Sayers was born in Cornwall, Ontario, and moved to British Columbia at the age of two. He graduated in 1969 from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Classical Studies and in 1970 began his museum career as a volunteer at the Vancouver Museum (before the name was changed). He was Curator of History at the Museum from 1976 to 1990 and in 1991 he left to become a consultant and lecturer. For over 40 years, Sayers has been producing lectures, exhibitions, and fashion shows on clothing and social history for museums and organizations across western Canada and the western United States.
Sayers has collected costume since he was a teenager and now has one of the finest privately owned collections of period clothing in Canada, with garments and accessories dating from c.1690 to the present. He regularly lectures at local universities and colleges in the Vancouver area, and is the Honourary Curator of the Society for the Museum of Original Costume. Sayers has received awards from the Western Canadian Designers and Fashion Association and the Vancouver Historical Society.
Sayers has been a pivotal guest curator at the Museum of Vancouver, creating popular past exhibitions such as Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars, From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s, and numerous presentations. He is a charismatic orator, with an irreplaceable bank of knowledge and stories about the history of clothes. We are proud and honoured that Ivan Sayers is the Museum of Vancouver’s Curator Emeritus. We look forward to continuing to work together.