Opening Reception: From Rationing to Ravishing:
The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s
Co-curated by Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke
This event is only open to MOV Members & invitees
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Doors 6:30 pm. Start time 7:00pm.
Light refreshments. Cash bar.
Suggested dress: 1940s / 1950s inspired (What a great excuse to get dressed up!)
From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect the changes that World War II had on society.
From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, 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, Hardy Amies, and Elsa Schiaparelli. This exhibition will include features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to try on period garments.
Guest Curators: Ivan Sayers, Claus Jahnke
MOV Curators: Viviane Gosselin, Gregory Dreicer
Exhibition Design: 10four design group
Photography: Tanya Goehring | Post Photography