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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Last week of Silhouettes in Time: One hundred Years of Fashion in Dundas

It’s the last week of “Silhouettes in Time: One hundred Years of Fashion in Dundas” in Dundas, Ontario. It ends on February 13 so now is the time to catch this large grouping of garments worn by Dundas residents in the 19th century with a few from the 18th century. There are some beautiful pieces in excellent condition with some unusual pieces including a red knitted “corset” complete with gored hip panels and metal busk....

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Tour of ROM’s Viva Mexico exhibition

For our second outing in our anniversary year, our Stalwart Secretary, Dawna Pym, has arranged for the CSO members to have a special tour of the ROM exhibit: Viva Mexico, Clothing and Culture. Our intrepid Dawna will conduct the guided tour which has been arranged for Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $ 21.50 per person for members and we’re following the tour up with an optional lunch gathering with ‘real’ Mexican food. There is an entire gallery dedicated to Mexican textiles, with many items never seen before. “The exhibit displays pieces with remarkable technical skill and exquisite artistry”. Items reflect historic and contemporary elements. There are costume ensembles, serapes, rebozos, textiles, embroidery, beadwork and lots more to intrigue and educate.  To register for this event and to get more details email us at to put your name on the list or to get further information as it becomes...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Hollywood Costume Design event Thursday January 28

Join us for a night all about Hollywood Costume Designer Orry Kelly, held at Spadina Museum on Thursday January 28, with doors opening at 6.45pm CSO member Diane Reid will be giving a talk about the illustrious career of hollywood costume designer Orry Kelly. He designed costumes in the first half of the twentieth century for movies such as Casablanca, Arsenic and Old Lace and An American in Paris.  He also designed for historic movies like The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (starring Bette Davis and Errol Flynn) which will be the focus of the night. This free presentation will be a beginning to our 45th Anniversary celebration of the CSO. Space is limited so please sign up by contacting us at the email address Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON, M5R...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Reminder CSO AGM Saturday November 14 at 1pm

Don’t forget! Next Saturday (November 14) is the CSO AGM, held at the Textile Museum of Canada, and starting at 1pm. After the business meeting Alexandra Kim will be talking about The Dress Detective, which she co-authored with Ingrid Mida, and then there will be a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibition Home Economics: 150 Years of Hooked Rugs. If you’re a member and you haven’t received your AGM papers let us know. If you’re not a member and would like to join we’d love to hear from...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in General | 0 comments

The Royal Tailor screening – Reel Asian Film Festival, Friday November 6

The Textile Museum of Canada is a community partner with the 19th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The Museum is co-presenting a screening of The Royal Tailor on Friday November 6, 9.15pm, at the Art Gallery of Ontario . The festival takes place November 5 – 13 (downtown Toronto) and November 14 – 15 (Richmond Hill), showcasing the best of contemporary Asian cinema from across Canada and around the world. The Royal Tailor After 30 years of serving the king, Dol-seok, the royal tailor, only has a few months left until his expected promotion. When a new tailor, Gong-jin, a designer of hanboks (traditional garbs for courtesans), arrives at the palace and finds favor from the queen, Dol-seok is terrifed. Gong-jin’s avant-garde designs open the eyes of the royal family, and Dol-seok feels both envious and insecure. As the two tailors duel to create masterpieces for two rival queens vying for the king’s favour, the audience is treated to a visual feast of gleaming golden embroidery and flowing...

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