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The new Museum of Vancouver exhibition Rationing to Ravishing explores our changing attitudes about clothing from the 1940s and 1950s. Guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke have drawn on their expansive costume collections. and plundered the Museum of Vancouver archives. to create this follow-up to the popular Art Deco Chic exhibition from 2012 authentic cheap canada goose trillium parka niagara grape .
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Practicality during wartime. It’s everywhere here from the narrower skirts to intricate embellishments executed with fabric offcuts to the ‘snakeskin’ shoes made of bonded paper. Shoulder pads appear in nearly all the dresses. emphasizing the waist in an era when rubber was no longer available to make girdles cheap canada goose trillium parka niagara grape . Paper patterns are stamped with notices from the Wartime Prices and Trade Board. labelling which dresses are acceptable to make and which are not.
Moving through to the post-war years. the dresses become more voluminous as fabric becomes more readily available. Dior’s New Look dominates the day dresses, canada goose in philadelphia cheap . with neat jackets. matching skirts and a noticeably less practical silhouette. A cute corner showcases novelty dresses and skirts made with images of British Columbia from the 1958 centenary.
The 1950s room shines with light and sparkles. Incredibly intricate dresses from Dior cheap canada goose trillium parka niagara grape for cheap . Balenciaga. Nina Ricci. and Schiaparelli deserve close inspection. A pair of Lauren Bacall’s shoes. and a selection of hats grace the walls.
Rationing to Ravishing would be a great exhibition for older school-age children. as the stories behind the dresses are fascinating. “No era is better illustrated by an examination of its clothing than the period of World War II and the post-war years of recovery and rebuilding canada goose solaris parka tan store . ” explains Sayers. It’s worth coming along to one of Sayers’ curator talk and tour events canada goose lance mackey constable online store . as many of these dresses came from his own collection. There are also two live fashion shows. also narrated by Sayers.
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