From Rationing to Ravishing: The Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s is an exhibition featuring rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned. Then, in the 1950s, girlishness became the rage. Presenting more than 80 garments from the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, such as Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.
Date: Sunday October 26
Admission: Free. Only open to MOV Members | Pre-registration is required, space is limited.
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Join Vancouver's preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst the displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space. Follow along as Ivan describes the evolution of women's fashion from wartime utility to postwar extravagance, and demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.
From Rationing to Ravishing and this program are made possible through the support of our major sponsors and institutional funders: Oakridge Centre, ARM & A LEG Mannequins for Hire, Homes & Living Magazine, The Georgia Straight, Vancouver is Awesome, the City of Vancouver, and the British Columbia Arts Council. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.