Get some ideas for the beach!

Photographer Christos Dikeakos took these wonderful pictures at Retro Riviera! Come down to the Bay and get some ideas!!

July 1, 2024 Read more >
It’s Bathing Suit Time!

Come and see a wonderful exhibit of what we wore to the beach in the 60’s and 70’s!! 2nd floor, […]

June 3, 2024 Read more >
Here Comes the Bride!

Join me for a wonderful look at bridal fashions through the years! Saturday, June 9th at 2 pm, Old Hastings […]

May 18, 2024 Read more >
Spring has Sprung! Join us for a real treat – tea and a fashion show!

We’ll be looking at fashions from 1900 – 2000. You’re welcome to wear your retro fashions too!

April 23, 2024 Read more >
Join me at Bizarre Bazaar!

A fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon – exploring vintage clothes and items from a wide variety of vendors […]

April 4, 2024 Read more >
Asia en Vogue Lecture and Display

Join me for a fascinating look at how women’s fashions from the 18th – 20th century have been influenced by […]

March 10, 2024 Read more >

Join us on Saturday, March 9 at the Hudson’s Bay store on Granville Street for a FLASH MOB celebrating the […]

March 6, 2024 Read more >
Come to the Bay Downtown and see the best of the best!!

There is nothing quite as elegant as THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS! Come downtown to the Hudson’s Bay Store on Granville […]

March 1, 2024 Read more >
Wonderful to be back at SFU!!

So great to be back with the fabulous students in the SFU Liberal Arts 55+ Program! Such a wonderful class […]

February 28, 2024 Read more >
Drag n’ Brag this weekend!

It’s too cold to be outside, so join SMOC for Drag n’ Brag this Sunday, January 14th! 2pm – 4pm […]

January 13, 2024 Read more >
LAST CHANCE!! Bring your guests!

You don’t want to miss it! ‘Dressed For History’ at the Museum of Vancouver closes on January 1st! You still […]

December 26, 2023 Read more >

Mark your calendar!! You don’t want to miss our DRAG N’ BRAG!! If you have vintage treasures you’d like to […]

December 19, 2023 Read more >
Fashion and the Beatles!

A wonderful and unique look at the Fab Four!! Please join me on Nov 16th as Toronto author and style […]

November 5, 2023 Read more >
Join me at the Premiere!

This THURSDAY! October 5th is the premiere screening of episode 1 of the docuseries Ravishing Rags! Produced and Directed by […]

October 4, 2023 Read more >
Dig out that mini skirt!

Join me for a wonderful afternoon swinging through the 60’s!! A fashion show presented by the Society for the Museum […]

September 24, 2023 Read more >
Join me for a Look at Fashion for Work and Play

Join me in person, or on-line for a wonderful look at fashion from 1910 to 1980 and the jewelry we […]

September 7, 2023 Read more >
An Evening ‘Dressed for History’

Join me at the catalogue launch for our current exhibition ‘Dressed for History’ on Thursday, August 24th. Enjoy a panel […]

August 6, 2023 Read more >

Join me for a wonderful afternoon in the Garden! Indulge in a delicious high tea as you enjoy a vintage […]

June 19, 2023 Read more >

It’s time to start a summer of fun! Join me at a Strawberry Tea as B.C.’s oldest mainland church celebrates […]

June 8, 2023 Read more >
Take a step back in time!

Come and enjoy a look back in time now on at the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum! A fun look […]

May 15, 2023 Read more >
You don’t want to miss it!

Join me tomorrow for a fabulous day of vintage!

April 1, 2023 Read more >
Get a sneak peak!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the items showcased in ‘Dressed for History’ at the Museum of Vancouver.

March 14, 2023 Read more >
You won’t want to miss it!

Opening this week, one of the most exciting exhibitions in years! I’m joined by fellow collectors Claus Janke and Melanie […]

March 13, 2023 Read more >
Come ROAR with us! Fashions of the Twenties!

Join me on Sunday, November 6th for a wonderful show of Twenties Fashions! Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley Regional Airport, […]

October 28, 2022 Read more >
Hollywood Glamour!!

Join me for an inside look into the glamourous world of Hollywood fashion! See how movie stars like Jean Harlow, […]

September 24, 2022 Read more >
Do you have your ticket yet?

Please join me on Saturday September 10th at ‘Spice it Up’. Here is a special invitation and details about the […]

September 2, 2022 Read more >
Join me as we ‘Spice it Up’!!

Please join me on Sept 10 for a wonderful fashion show highlighting the exotic influences on fashion from around the […]

August 20, 2022 Read more >
What I wore to the Fair!!

Join me on Sunday, August 7th at the 150th Chilliwack Fair for a look at ‘Fair’ Fashions through the years!! […]

July 11, 2022 Read more >
Guess what I did during the Pandemic!

I travelled the world!! Come and see the newest items in my collection and treat yourself to a lovely afternoon […]

June 21, 2022 Read more >

I had a great day with so many very talented quilters yesterday at Quilt Canada! This quilted petticoat from the […]

June 17, 2022 Read more >
Join me at Quilt Canada!

If you’re attending Quilt Canada, please join me for an indepth look at ‘Figured Fabric’! For more details Fabric […]

June 4, 2022 Read more >
Fashions in a Time of Crisis

‘Waisted Efforts’ 20th Century Fashions in a Time of Crisis  Please join me for a look at how world events […]

April 23, 2022 Read more >
The Politics of Plaid

Come on in out of the rain this weekend and join SMOC and Karina Greenwood for a lively discussion that […]

November 16, 2021 Read more >
Escape the Rain!

The west coast weather doesn’t look good for this weekend – so why not escape with us and take a […]

October 23, 2021 Read more >
Vancouver in Fashion!

As COVID restrictions begin to ease, it’s time to explore our beautiful city! Don’t miss the newest exhibit at the […]

July 10, 2021 Read more >
In warm weather be glad it’s not 1900!!

Did you find it warm this morning when you were getting dressed? Thought you might enjoy this look at getting […]

June 18, 2021 Read more >
Thank Goodness for the 21st Century!

You won’t believe them until you see them! On May 16th, join Lace Embrace Atelier for an amazing look at […]

May 5, 2021 Read more >
More fashions of West Vancouver!

Breaking news! In case you were too late to register last week, the WV Library has added a second session […]

May 2, 2021 Read more >
Fashions of the West Vancouver Pioneers

Join me for a wonderful look at the fashions seen in West Vancouver c 1873 – 1912. This fascinating piece […]

April 27, 2021 Read more >
Thanks is not enough!

A very special thank you to the wonderful nurses and other medical staff that are working so hard to get […]

April 1, 2021 Read more >
In the Pink!

In the Pink: Fashions of the Great Depression Era If you’re looking forward to welcoming spring as early as possible […]

February 11, 2021 Read more >
Textiles and Archeology

This wonderful donation of slippers to the SMOC collection, from the Ghadame region of the Sahara, is a stunning reminder […]

January 29, 2021 Read more >
Still cleaning?

Just dropping in to say hello and hope everyone is staying safe at home!  I’m sure you’ve all been spending […]

November 16, 2020 Read more >
Looking for a bit of a break?

Looking for a bit of a break?  Roedde House Museum is open with several Covid precautions in place.  ‘Speakeasy Style’ […]

November 16, 2020 Read more >
Coming soon…

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!!  As we slowly start to add a few things to our calendars, thought […]

June 22, 2020 Read more >
A Valentine’s Treat!

Join me for a fun and lighthearted look at how women over the last century have dressed to keep warm […]

February 2, 2020 Read more >
Something to do on a Rainy Day!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a rainy day, why not check out ‘Home Front: World War […]

January 21, 2020 Read more >

Due to snowy weather, the opening of All’Italiana at the Italian Cultural Centre has been postponed. Please continue to check […]

January 15, 2020 Read more >

Hope you can join me this weekend at ‘All Dolled Up for the Holidays’!! Get some new ideas on how […]

December 3, 2019 Read more >
The Cocktail Hour

SMOC presents The Cocktail Hour, Festive Fashion of the 20th Century. Sunday, December 1st at 2:00pm, Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave., […]

November 25, 2019 Read more >
Casino Royale 007
November 19, 2019 Read more >
School Fashions

Going back to school!! Hope you can join me and the students, staff and alumni of Shaughnessy and Prince of […]

September 13, 2019 Read more >
We’ve lost an icon…

The Vancouver fashion scene lost one of its great icons this month… Lore Maria Wiener has passed away. She was […]

August 2, 2019 Read more >
Only a Few Weeks Left!

Don’t miss ‘Skin and Bones’

July 30, 2019 Read more >

  Need some wardrobe ideas? Could your wardrobe use a lift? Why not join me tomorrow for a lovely lunch […]

May 17, 2019 Read more >
Forget the Spring Cleaning!

Why not take a night off and join Melanie Talkington of Lace Embrace Atelier for a wonderful look at the […]

April 10, 2019 Read more >
Hearts and Flowers

Hope you can join me for a look at romance through the decades! A fun – and sometimes surprising look […]

April 3, 2019 Read more >
Celebrating International Women’s Day

Hope you can join us, and the Zonta Club of Nanaimo as we celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March […]

March 5, 2019 Read more >
Busy students need to know!

  Guo Pei at the Vancouver Art Gallery   October 13 to January 20, 2019 * PLEASE NOTE CLOSING DATE […]

January 15, 2019 Read more >
What’s old is news!

Hope you can join me next weekend at a fun look at some 2018 treasurers!!

January 11, 2019 Read more >
Touring this summer!

Don’t forget your hat!  It’s getting warm outside!!  This straw beauty is covered in daisies, roses, orange and green leaves, […]

July 18, 2018 Read more >
I can’t believe I wore this!!

  Now those are some knees!  Hope you can join me for a fun look at some fashion bloopers this […]

February 28, 2018 Read more >
Join the Ancestors for tea!

Hope you can join me on Sunday, February 25th, for a very unique afternoon!!  A live fashion show and traditional […]

February 19, 2018 Read more >
Time to glam it up!

Hope you can join me on Saturday, at our 1920’s Fashion Show celebrating the ‘Rising Hemlines’ exhibit at Mackin House.  […]

February 12, 2018 Read more >
Out of Africa!

It’s amazing when you start to think about it!  Africa has influenced so much of the fashion world.   Hope […]

August 31, 2017 Read more >
A Tangled Web!

Please mark your calendars!  Next Saturday, July 15th, it’s the Fibre Arts and Crafts Fair at the Surrey Museum! At […]

July 8, 2017 Read more >
Getting married in 1876!

It’s wedding season!  This magnificent 2 piece ivory silk faille gown was worn in England circa 1876.  It is trimmed […]

June 27, 2017 Read more >
A wonderful day!

We really had fun at ‘Embracing the Bump’ last weekend!  Thought you might enjoy this great story from the CBC about […]

June 17, 2017 Read more >
Tickets are going fast!

Hope you can join us on Sunday, June 11, for ‘Embracing the Bump’, A History of Maternity Fashion Show!  Show […]

June 3, 2017 Read more >
Need a unique Mother’s Day gift?

If you’re looking for a fun and different way to celebrate mothers, why not join us for “Embracing the Bump”, […]

April 24, 2017 Read more >
Note to all the lace makers!

Looks like a wonderful presentation coming up at the Surrey Museum! Metal Lace: Past, Present and Future Join well-known lacemaker […]

April 21, 2017 Read more >
Celebrating our birthday!

Hope you can join me for a fun look at fashions of the last 150 years! A slide show at […]

April 4, 2017 Read more >
Can you believe it?

You won’t believe she wore that dress. Join us for a look at some of the great fashion dos and […]

March 12, 2017 Read more >
150 Years of Canadian Treasures

Please join me for a wonderful look at some Canadian treasures. A fundraiser for the Port Moody Heritage Society, March […]

March 2, 2017 Read more >
Much has happened in the last 60 years!!

The last 60 years have seen a remarkable shift in the world of fashion and fashionable women!  Our moms would […]

February 19, 2017 Read more >
Love is in the air

Join us at Hycroft House on Sunday, February 12th for Romantic Fashions of the 20th Century, sponsored by SMOC (Society […]

January 31, 2017 Read more >
Jane Austen Exhibition – You won’t want to miss it!

You won’t want to miss this one!  Exhibition on until February 28. Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm, […]

January 24, 2017 Read more >
Great class discussion!

It was wonderful to meet everyone today!  In case you are interested, here are a few of the books that […]

January 23, 2017 Read more >
Getting Dressed!

Looking forward to our discussion next week on ‘Shaping the body. Basic undergarments–corsetry, hoops and bustles’!   – See more […]

January 18, 2017 Read more >
Love to Sew?

Hope you can join me at the ‘Love to Sew’ Expo this weekend!  I’m really looking forward to the Brown […]

November 15, 2016 Read more >
Now that’s a sleeve!

  Now this is what you call a bell sleeve! This silk day dress with satin stripes (1862-1865 in its […]

November 4, 2016 Read more >
Ivan Sayers awarded the distinction of Curator Emeritus

The Museum of Vancouver has awarded Ivan Sayers with the distinction of Curator Emeritus. Read more about this honour here.

October 2, 2016 Read more >
Mod, Mini and Hippies

Join me for a wonderful look back at fashions of the late 20th century on Wednesday, October 5th.  I know […]

September 29, 2016 Read more >
Elegance After Dark: Evening Dresses of the 20th Century

Join us on Saturday, October 1st for Elegance After Dark: Evening Dresses of the 20th Century.  For more information, click elegance-after-dark .

September 24, 2016 Read more >
A Wonderful Read

I was delighted to be interviewed by Recollections on the revival of Victorian fashion. Read the article here.

September 21, 2016 Read more >
Bathing Beauties

  Ever wonder what 25 cents could buy you in the 1920’s?  Well, for this minimal fee, bathers in Vancouver […]

September 12, 2016 Read more >
Undressing Drag!

Join me tomorrow at the Museum of Vancouver for a fun filled evening!  Details from the MOV website…   Happy […]

August 17, 2016 Read more >
Fifty Year Love Affair with the Sally Ann

September 16th, 8pm, Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St., Vancouver Costume historian Ivan Sayers showcases highlights of his glamorous collection of […]

August 15, 2016 Read more >
1950s Wedding Dress

This wedding dress and bolero from 1953 is machine made re-embroidered cotton web lace over rayon net and taffeta. It […]

August 15, 2016 Read more >
Welcome to our new website!

Stay tuned. Our new website is still being stitched. One more hem to go and we’ll be up and running. […]

August 3, 2016 Read more >