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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Vintage clothing popularity is "deja vu all over again" at Toronto show and Cambridge museum

   One-Tank Trip for Feb.22/20

   (c) By Jim Fox
    Postmedia Network/Sun Media web and newspapers

   It could be called a case of “deja vu all over again” as vintage clothing is the latest rage in fashion.
   Everything is groovy with the most popular attire being jeans from the 1960s, with the Levi 502 selling for $100 and a denim jacket for $90 on eBay.
Sunglasses are a favourite vintage accessory and can be found at the sale.
    Riding this wave of nostalgia is the Toronto Vintage Clothing Sale at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place (180 Princes Blvd.), on March 7 and 8.
   There’s also the Fashion History Museum (74 Queen St. E.) in Cambridge with a collection that spans from the 1660s with 12,000 items.
A TWA stewardess uniform, 1968-1971.

   The Toronto event features clothing from the 1920s to 1980s along with accessories, handbags, jewelry and designer vintage, with “great stuff for guys, too.”
   Show hours are March 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Admission is $12, cash only, and includes entrance to the Toronto Antique and Vintage Market that runs in conjunction with the show. torontovintageclothingshow.ca
   The market offers “fresh finds” and that “eye-catching antique or vintage element for your house, cottage or condo.
   These include mid-century modern furnishings, farmhouse chic, vintage advertising, groovy vinyl records, retro barware, cottage/lodge furniture, silver accents and fine jewelry.

   There are also bohemian-style furnishings, antique prints, vintage breakables, Indigenous carvings, country kitchen Pyrex, Manhattan glass, rustic salt-and-pepper shakers, Scandinavian modernist jewelry, toys, textiles, antiquarian books, vintage maps and botanicals.  torontoantiqueandvintagemarket.ca
   In Ottawa, the Vintage Clothing Show is March 29 while the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market is April 4 and 5. ottawavintageclothingshow.ca; ottawaantiqueandvintagemarket.ca

   Era’s latest fashions
   The Fashion History Museum will be at the show with its fashion through the years.
   Party like it’s 1945 with a Victory Dance at the Cambridge museum.
    Housed in the former Hespeler post office, curator Jonathan Walford said much of Canadian fashion we don’t see.
   For example, the internationally worn Canada Goose parka, an Indigenous garment for surviving the cold weather, has become a desirable expensive fashion garment.
   Notable artifacts include the oldest European shoe worn in America and the hat of Julia Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.
   Along with historical garments, it highlights contemporary items and has a library and archive of fashion-related publications.
   Its exhibitions have included Jane Austen’s World, vintage Hollywood glamour, 200 years of wedding fashion and Dior clothing.

WARdrobe Exhibition
   Party like it’s 1945
   The museum opens for the season on March 18 with WARdrobe through Dec. 20 to look at “how war has influenced fashion throughout history.”
   History behind the war-inspired fashion vocabulary is explored, from navy blue and sailor suits to balaclavas and Wellington boots.
   Second World War examples of dress illustrate utility, austerity, rationing, patriotism and nationalism.
   It also looks at anti-war fashion, from Zazous punk culture in France to hippies.
Eyewear fashion statements
    To coincide with the exhibition, “20” will focus on the history of eyewear and the fashionable perspective of ‘specs’ appeal.
   Then on May 9, there’s the Victory Dance to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
   There will be jitterbug-swing dance lessons, 1940’s period games, a wartime buffet (with patriotic veggy options), door prizes and dance and costume awards.
Fashion History Museum 2015 exhibition 'Treasures from the Collection'
    Admission to the museum is $5; free for children to age 2 and to those accompanying persons with disabilities; extra charge for the victory event.
   From March 18, hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. fashionhistorymuseum.com


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca 

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