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Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW Exhibit Seneca College 30 April to 4 May 2012

 Seneca College Fashion Resource Centre presents Everything Old is New, a never-before-seen exhibit of new garments donated to the Centre. You can see Victorian bodices, beaded flapper dresses, classic little black dresses and much more! The exhibit runs Monday 30 April to Friday 4 May 2012 10 am – 5 pm. Opening night Monday 30 April there will be a guest reception at 6 pm and exclusive tours of the exhibit and Seneca’s impressive Art Collection. To attend the reception and tours  RSVP to; 416-491-5050 ext...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments


Friends of Textiles & Costume, ROM, presents Decorative Textiles Part four  Printed Textiles: An Old Technology, the Challenge from India and the European Response with Hanna Martinsen Friday, May 4, 2012, 5 to 7 pm ROM classrooms 3 and 4 Hanna was the Gervers’ research fellow focusing on French block prints in the ROM’s collection. She received training as an arts and crafts teacher in her native Norway, later receiving textile engineering and arts history degrees in Sweden.  More recently she studied chemical and technological changes to the methods of printing textiles in 17th and 18th century France. Free to FTC members. All others: $20.00 per session. To register: Call 416.586.5797 or go to, select by date on “What’s On”...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

WOMEN IN THE WAR OF 1812 talk May 7, 2012

What was it like to be a woman during the war of 1812? On Monday, May 7, the Town of York Historical Society invites you to the Meeting House at Riverdale Farm to hear Susan Spencer answer that question. Ms. Spencer’s illustrated talk will follow the business portion of the Society’s Annual General Meeting. Women played many different roles during the War of 1812. Taking care of family and possessions while their men were away was easier for officer’s wives than for those of farmers who joined the militia. A certain number of soldier’s wives, some with children in tow, followed the men from camp to camp, supporting the troops as laundresses, seamstresses and companions. Other women were stationed in forts and garrisons doing the cooking and cleaning. Each had a vastly different experience and all their stories deserve to be told. Susan Spencer is the proprietor of Spencer’s Mercantile in Hamilton. As a camp outfitter for military re-enactors, she is intimately familiar with the daily lives of soldiers...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments

MORE THAN JUST A YARDAGE SALE, 25 May 2012, Textile Museum of Canada

More Than Just a Yardage Sale  Friday May 25, 11am – 6pm and Saturday May 26, 10am – 1pm. Join the Textile Museum of Canada’s staff and volunteers for this annual fundraising sale of fine fabrics, beads, buttons, patterns and more! This biggest sale of their year is held in a temporary tent in the parking lot adjacent to the Museum, so it will go on rain or shine! Have a textile craft in mind? Need to  reupholster a chair? This is your opportunity to find incredible textiles at unbeatable prices suitable for a range of DIY projects. Cost:   general public: Free For more information or a map go to: If you have materials you would like to put in the sale, get in touch with the Museum. Textile Museum of Canada,  55 Centre Ave, ...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Costume related | 0 comments


The Town of York Historical Society in conjunction with Single Thread Theatre Company presents Petticoats, Scoundrels and Soldiers: The Faces of 1812. Spend an evening at magnificent St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East, Tuesday March 6, 2012, 7:30 pm.  $25.00,  tickets available at the door;  to reserve call 416-865-1833. The War of 1812 was a critical moment in the history of North America. At the centre of this struggle was a colourful cast of heroes, villains, strategists, and dupes. Experience 1812 through the eyes of key players and their personal stories: the bold Sir Isaac Brock, the determined Laura Secord, the stalwart James Fitzgibbons, the traitor Joseph Willcocks, and the fearless Shawnee warrior chief Tecumseh. Proceeds benefit Toronto’s first Post Office in celebration of Toronto’s 178th...

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