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Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in General | 0 comments

20th Century Fashion & Furniture workshop at the ROM, Sunday February 5

And what a century it was! Gallery visits and touchable objects illustrate the incredible 20th century stylistic developments from Art Deco to Mid-Century Modern. Fashion expert Dawna Pym introduces you to some of the ROM’s newest acquisitions, and delves into the trends of the times. This full day workshop will include illustrated talks and tours of ROM galleries. Lunch is included in registration. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Registration fee $80 Visit the ROM website to book your...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in General | 0 comments

CSO AGM “GUEST STAR!” Saturday, November 26, 2016, 1pm

New international fashion star, Ashley Alexis McFarlane, will be the special guest speaker at the Costume Society General Meeting, Saturday, November 26, 2016 commencing at 1 p.m. at the historic Montgomery’s Inn. The Inn is located at the corner of. Ashley has wowed the fashion world by combining both her Canadian roots and her African heritage to create a fashion fusion delight. Melding traditional fabrics and designs with contemporary styles, she thrilled the attendees at African Fashion Week. Working with local native organizations and individuals in Africa to develop materials for fashion and bring them to world attention, has awakened an intense interest in new possibilities for textiles, design, and wearable art. Come out and see and hear about new trends in fashion and its effect direct from the source!...

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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

An International Conference at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada November 10-12, 2017 Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2016 During Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Royal Ontario Museum will host an international conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the work and legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham (1911-2004), internationally renowned textile scholar and member of the Order of Canada (1985). Burnham was in the vanguard of the generation of early 20th century curators who made textiles and costume a field of valid scholarly research by finding out how and why objects are made in particular ways, what they meant when produced and what they mean to us today.   For more details see the Call For...

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in General | 0 comments

CSO Coach trip to Lucile exhibition in Guelph and Fashion History Museum in Cambridge

The CSO is bussing to Guelph and Cambridge for a Special Day outing to visit, view and enjoy two special exhibitions and locations in celebration of our 45th Anniversary! The Guelph Museum is hosting an display of fashions by Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, from around the continent! Tied to the Titanic and the inspiration for the Downton Abbey outfit craze, these are rarely seen gowns and dresses. The CSO gets an exclusive look and lecture! After the grand tour, hop back on the bus for a short trip to the Old Post Office at Hespeler, the New Home of the Fashion History Museum and CSO friends and family, Jonathan Walford and Kenn Norman, to enjoy the newest exhibits on Canada’s fashion contributions. Many years in the making, this is a ‘must see’ place to be! Plus the opportunity to enjoy fine local cuisine and the great communities just beyond ! ONLY 33 SPACES!    Book Early!   $65 per person To Sign Up, or for more information, Contact: Diane Reid– ...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Costume Society of Ontario at the Spring vintage fair

Again this year, the Costume Society of Ontario will have a booth at the Spring Vintage/Antique Show and Sale, Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place. Come out and explore wearable and household history from across the years. Drop by the CSO booth to hear the latest on what we’re up to and help out by bringing along friends and neighbours interested in fashion and costume as new CSO members! This is an exciting year for the CSO as it celebrates 45 years at the forefront of interest in fashion history. What better way to support the cause than to join with Toronto in celebrating fashion through the years at the Vintage Show. Follow the CSO on our Website and on FaceBook and make sure your membership is up to date so you can continue to receive our E-mail messages of upcoming events and activities. Watch for special announcements about March, April and May! CSO 45 Years...

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