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Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Costume related, General, Publications | 0 comments

New book by CSO member Tina Bates

New book by CSO member Tina Bates

  A Cultural History of the Nurse’s Uniform by Christina Bates is the first and only in-depth analysis of the attire worn by the largest workforce in the health care system.  The book explores the role of the nurse’s uniform in creating nursing identity for over a hundred years.  Christina is the curator for the History of Canadian Home Life at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  Her work on nursing began in 1999, with the creation of the Canadian Nursing History Collection.  In 2005 she was chief curator of the exhibition ‘A Caring Profession: centuries of Nursing in Canada’ and co-editor of On All frontiers: Four Centuries of Canadian Nursing. A Cultural History was published in November 2012 and its ISBN number  is 978-0-660-20184-9.  It costs $39.95 and can be ordered by email publications@civilization.ca, online at cyberboutique.civilization.ca or by phone 819-776-8387/ 1-800-555-5621 (North America...

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

BIG EXHIBITION ROM CONTINUES TO FALL 2013

BIG EXHIBITION ROM CONTINUES TO FALL 2013

BIG is mounted in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Costume and Textiles at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Level 4 in the Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Opened in November 2012 the exhibition’s diverse objects, many never before displayed to the public, span the globe.  All have been drawn from the ROM’s renowned collection of approximately 50,000 textiles and costumes. A stunning display, the installation showcases 40 objects that, in one way or another, are BIG: big in size, big in historical significance, big news, created by a big name artist (Alexander McQueen, Martin Margiela, Vivienne Tam, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, among them), or, simply, carry a big price tag. They are historical (a stunning hand painted and dyed export chintz hanging circa 1750) and contemporary (a fantastic John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture that took a Dior team over 500 hours to create). With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM’s renowned collections. BIG...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

DRESSING FOR WAR: “CROSS-DRESSING IN COMBAT” TALK

DRESSING FOR WAR: “CROSS-DRESSING IN COMBAT” TALK

“Cross-Dressing in Combat” is the  second of two talks on DRESSING FOR WAR by Paul Federico, now Vice-Chair of the CSO. It  will be given Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 7 pm at the TOLL KEEPER’S MUSEUM, Toronto (northwest corner of Davenport Road and Bathurst Street);  information:  www.tollkeeperscottage.ca; (no phone number); tickets at the door. “Cross-Dressing in Combat,”  will be a look at role reversal, gender bending and the art, happenstance, tricks  and foibles of men as women and women as  men and their effect on battles, politics and the  times they lived...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Costume related, Links | 0 comments

VISIT CSO FACEBOOK PAGE – INTERACT!

CSO has a Facebook Page, active since late June 2012; link below and live on our Links page. Posts may be random items related to fashion and costume history generally including: Fashionality exhibition at the McMichael , exhibitions at the Design Exchange, the V&A in London, FIT & Met in New York and more; links to various articles about fashion or costume, and on as far and wide as those observing the field find interesting. Click here for Link to Facebook page....

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

ABSOLUTEY VINTAGE CLOTHING SALE!

Absolutely Vintage Clothing Sale. When:   Saturday, October 20 from 10 am to 5 pm Where:  Maple Cottage, 62 Laing Street, Toronto                South of Queen St. East, one block East of Leslie Carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates, this Absolutely Vintage Sale features men’s and women’s clothing from the 1890s through the 1970s, costume jewellery, textiles, accessories and more. Gadabout www.gadabout.ca, Eclectisaurus www.eclectisaurus.com, & Angela McCool angela@mccool.ca have combined their considerable inventories to make this a not-to-be-missed dale. You may well find some treasures...

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

CSO MEMBERS VINTAGE SHOPPING AT GADABOUT 4 DEC.

CSO members are invited to a special evening of Vintage shopping (plus Wine & Cheese) at Gadabout, Tuesday 4 Dec. from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Gadabout was voted “Best Vintage Clothing Store” on toronto.com’s Internet poll. You will find an extensive collection of vintage clothing, accessories, fabrics, ephemera and curios plus a Manly Man corner. Victoria, Gadabout’s owner and a member of CSO Executive, is offering members a 20% discount on the evening’s purchases and will also arrange to have a rack of her earliest vintage – late 1800s, early 1900s through 1920s – available for browsing. Space is limited; members RSVP to Victoria at 416-463-1254 or email info@gadabout.ca This notice may tempt some readers to consider taking out a CSO membership for 2013 on the spot? That might be arranged, but only if you have notified by rsvp your intention while there is still...

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