Reported by Myra Dionne
With a little fashion and a whole lot of glamour Ivan Sayers brought history back to life on Sunday.
Sayers, a fashion historian and collector with Society for the Museum of Original Costume, hosted 150 Years of Glamour, a show examining how Canadian fashion has changed over the last 150 years.
The event, which took place at the Annex, a civic theatre downtown was the final show of the year. The society is raising money for a permanent museum to display its costumes which will include Sayers personal collection. Most outfits that were showcased came from Sayers.
“I have a very large collection of clothing and eventually there has to be a place for it to go or it’ll have to be broken up and I’d rather not see that happen,” Sayers said.
Audience members were invited to dress in a glamorous way. Some people arrived donning geometric jewellery, colourful jackets or embroidered leather.
Lyne Talbot, who works with costumes in the film industry, arrived with a black purse studded with long metallic spikes. She said she has been coming for the last few years and is a big fan of pieces from the 1920s.
“I just want to wear everything,” Talbot said. “It’s important to see those pieces from other eras as well. It’s really inspirational.”
The event showcased 17 costumes spanning from the 1860’s to 1990’s. As each model came onstage, Sayers would tell the audience a story about the piece and its historical significance.
Christine Lusk, a member of the society for just over a year, came with her daughter to hear Sayers share these stories.
“We keep coming back just for the historical perspective, his storytelling behind the fashion or the clothes,” Lusk said. “the huge amount of knowledge he has, it’s just amazing.”
Sayers said he sometimes prefers to call these shows illustrative lectures, and hopes a museum will be more accessible to the public and provide inspiration to fashion design students.