Museum Monday: Evening gown with Greek soldiers, chariots 1938Posted by: Zaena Campbell on April 02, 2012 / 11:13 AM
April Fools! Do you know the Tale of the Trojan Horse? It has been said that this ruse ended an epic war. Legend has it that the Greeks were able to gain entry to the city of Troy by hiding their best soldiers in a giant wooden horse — offered as a ‘gift’ to their unsuspecting rivals.
In the spirit of one of history’s biggest ‘April Fools’ pranks, our Museum Monday feature for this week is a glamorous evening gown circa 1938 (also now on display in our Art Deco Chic exhibition). This red silk and gold lamé dress is tailored to accentuate curves and adorned with Trojan soldiers and chariots. I wonder about the woman who might have worn this. Was she one of those ‘modern women’ of the 1930s era — an emerging presence in the workforce perhaps? Did she take inspiration from famous starlets, and disarm every gaze as she entered a room? I’m not sure, but this is a pretty confident ‘power suit’ of a gown.
Come see this beautiful gown for yourself during this Thursday’s Talk & Tour with Ivan Sayers (April 5 - limited space, so please RSVP or purchase your tickets ahead of time). Fashionistas and design aficionados will enjoy this unique opportunity to delve into vintage garment construction techniques.
If you’re an emerging fashion designer, we also encourage you to enter the Art Deco Chic Design Challenge! Deco is a delicious inspiration and it’s hot all over again on the runways for 2012. Winning Vancouver originals will be showcased by MOV in September.