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The Costume Museum of Canada was invited to be part of the McNally Robinson Booksellers’ Remembering the First World War series and presented The First World War and Dress Reform on Mon., Aug. 25.
Costume Museum board member Jo Ann Griesman spoke about the changes in clothing necessitated by the First World War. Women’s clothing styles showed how the restrictive garments of the pre-war period changed rapidly as more women entered the workforce to take the places of men who joined the Armed Forces. The working women required practical garments. Corsets and restrictive outfits with many layers became history, and loose and practical outfits entered Canadian fashion’s mainstream.
Volunteer models wore exact replicas of pre-war outfits and some outfits from 1916 and 1918 which showed the change in styles.
The Costume Museum of Canada was originally known as the Dugald Costume Museum. Volunteer Margaret Mills, of Headingley, is co-ordinator and commentator for the museum’s heritage fashion revues, which are presented to raise funds for the museum.
For more information, please see www.costumemuseumcanada.com