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Posted by on Feb 9, 2011 in Costume related, Events | 0 comments


Find how ancient Egypt style has influenced arts and culture in 20th Century design, costume and films.  “Eternal Style: Fashion and Decorative Arts in Ancient Egypt and Their Influence into Modern Times” is a mini-symposium co-produced  by the CSO with the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (SSEA). There will be lectures by experts in the field, with a break for lunch after the first two of  four speakers; these include talks by Martha Mann, freelance costume and set designer for film and stage, and Brian Musselwhite, curator of the ROM’s European Department. Saturday 26 March 2011, starting 10:00am. Room 1050, 5 Bancroft Avenue, University of Toronto,  $5 CSO and SSAE members; $10 non-members; rsvp to Suzanne McLean, 416-979-7799 ext 227. Bancroft Avenue is accessible from Huron Street near Spadina Crescent.  More information: or or by phoning...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2011 in Costumed Events, Events | 0 comments


Community Artists Niagara and The Niagara Falls Museum plan for “1811 – Whispers of War.” The Dispatches 2012 Project is offering a great opportunity to bring together the fruits of all their workshops and begin the celebrations of the war that brought about 200 years of peace with our neighbours. On May 13th 2011, a Grand Ball is to be held at the Addison Hall, St Marks Church, Niagara on the Lake. The dance of the times was English Country and The Dispatches 2012 Project is offering a series of four two hour dance lessons on April 7th, 14th, 28th & May 5th from 7-9pm cost $50 . These classes will be taught, with live music, by Karen Millyard, a noted English Country Dance teacher. The dances are not hard to learn, do not require a specific partner and require no previous experience. The Ball venue will be sumptuously decorated and a historically authentic buffet lunch will be provided When you buy a Ball ticket the dance lessons are FREE !...

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Costume related, Events | 0 comments


Absolutely Vintage Sale, Sat. 5th March from 10am to 5pm, location and directions below. Carefully collected from fabulous Ontario estates, the sale offers an impressive assortment of men’s and women’s clothing from the 1890s to the 1970s.  It also includes textiles, laces, antique costume jewellery, beaded bags, hats, other accessories, ephemera and curios! Gadabout, Angela McCool, and Eclectisaurus combine their considerable inventories to make this a not-to-be-missed sale. Located in the Toronto Heritage Maple Cottage at 62 Laing Street. Click Here for Map. The Queen East Street Car stops at Laing (2 streets east of Leslie street), and the Maple Cottage is just steps south off Queen. Admission is...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Events | 0 comments


Two events will be presented by the Costume Society of Ontario in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum. Knitter extraordinaire Lucy Neatby will give a talk “It’s a Modern Knitters Life!” at the Bata Shoe Museum, Friday March 4 2011, 6–8 p.m.. $16 per person; BSM members and members of the CSO free. Pre-registration is required: tel. 416-979-7799 x242 or A Work Shop with Lucy Neatby will be held Sunday, March 6 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one hour for lunch, $55.00 per person; members of the Bata Shoe Museum and Members of the Costume Society of Ontario $40.00 per person. Pre-registration is required;  see tel. number and e-mail address above. Lucy Neatby’s website also has great ideas, patterns and instructions for neat techniques. Address: See also the Winter 2011 issue of Vogue Knitting, p...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2011 in Costume related, Events | 0 comments

HEMLINE: The Psychology of Fashion in the 1920s

HEMLINE: The Psychology of Fashion in the 1920s, lecture 15 February 2011, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. In conjunction with a new fashion exhibition at the Joseph Brant Museum; The Crazy Years: The Fashion Renaissance of the Roaring 1920s, Dale Peers will explore this decade of fashion, the power and symbolic meaning of its clothing and of “Roaring Twenties” as a moniker of and for social change. Seating limited; $12.00/Joseph Brant Museum members; $15.00/non-members, refreshment included. For tickets call 905-634-3556. Joseph Brant Museum, 1240 North Shore Blvd., Burlington; details on website  . Dale Peers is a Professor at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology teaching Psychology of Fashion and History of Fashion. As well as the Costume Coordinator of the Seneca Fashion Resource Centre; she is also the President of the Canadian Cosmetic Careers Association, a member of Fashion Group International, the Museum Association of Ontario, and an Executive Committee member of the Costume Society of...

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Costume related, Events | 0 comments


Members of the Costume Society of Ontario are invited to an upcoming seminar: REAL LIFE vs. REEL LIFE, An Illustrated History of Costume & Its relation to Costume in Cinema. presented by 2010 Dora winner for costume design , Martha Mann. This event is coming up soon: December 4 2010, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Heward Studios at 65 Heward Ave. This offers a rare opportunity to learn from one of Canada’s foremost costume designers in an informative and interesting seminar that explores the history of costume from antiquity to 1960 in one day. It also explores how film costumers interpret the period; no matter how hard we try, it always reflects the aesthetic of now. Registration price also includes lunch. For full details visit website linked below: CAFTCAD, The Canadian Alliance of Costume Arts and Design 65 Heward Avenue, C220, Toronto, ON M4M 2T5, 416-900-0955,...

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