The Society for the Museum of Original Costume Presents:



The Society for the Museum of Original Costume Presents:

Dare to Wear… Red !

Costume Historian Ivan Sayers explores the many facets of crimson couture in a live fashion show featuring historic and vintage period dresses and accessories.

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Location: Hycroft
1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: Doors Open @ 1pm
Show: 2 PM – 4 PM


Students: $10
Members: $20
Non-Members: $22



“ The Little Black Dress — Encore ! ”

                 Featuring a live fashion show of vintage and historic treasures




   Costume historian Ivan Sayers showcases every well-dressed lady’s best friend: The Little Black Dress.

   A live fashion show of historic clothing and accessories highlights the LBD throughout the decades.


Date: Sunday November 29th, 2015


Location: Hycroft Ballroom

                 1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: Doors Open @ 1pm

           Lecture 2 PM – 4 PM


Tickets Online:             Students: $10

Further Info:             Members: $20

Non-Members: $22

 Resurrecting the Fashion Wasteland: The Art of Ethical Design by Dahlia Drive.

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The Society for the Museum of Original Costume Presents:

“ Resurrecting the Fashion Wasteland “

The Art of Ethical Design by Dahlia Drive                         Featuring a live fashion show of designer originals



 Fashion Designer Wendy Van Riesen shares her process for layering evocative images on the storied history of pre-used textiles. Pieced kimonos, vintage silk reinvented, painted slip dresses, sculptured bustles ….. and more.

Date: Sunday October 25th, 2015

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: Doors Open @ 1pm

Lecture 2 PM – 4 PM

Further Info:


Students $10
Members: $20
Non-Members: $22

J’Adore! : Live Fashion Show of Ivan Sayers’ Favorite Things


** Ivan Sayers’ Favorite Things **

Featuring a live fashion show of vintage

and historic treasures

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Costume historian Ivan Sayers showcases highlights of his stunning collection of historic clothing and accessories spanning six decades of collecting.

The event also marks Ivan Sayers’ Big Birthday Bash, so be sure to join us for some glitz, glamour and birthday cake

Date: Sunday September 20th, 2015
Location: Hycroft Ballroom
Time: Doors open @ 1 pm
The lecture: 2 pm until 4 pm


SMOC and KOTI Designs present:

“Silk, Purple and Gold”

With host Ivan Sayers




    An exclusive evening featuring original handbags by award-winning designer Kaarina Talvila and vintage fashions from the Ivan Sayers Collection.

    The Gala fashion show will pair vintage dresses from the Ivan Sayers collection with KOTI-designed handbags.

Please note: this is a SMOC Members Only event, but SMOC members are welcome to bring along a guest with purchase of another ticket.

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 Date: Thursday, May 28th 2015

 Time: 7 pm

 Location: 3670 McKechnie Ave.

                  West Vancouver.

Contact Info:


Tickets: $50 per person

SMOC Members are welcome to bring  one guest {$50 each}

Event Details

 A Private fashion show FOR SMOC MEMBERS ONLY, hosted by Ivan Sayers.

The evening also includes a display and sale of Kaarina’s one-of-a-kind designs, plus cocktails and appetizers.



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Join costume designer Ines Ortner to explore the artistic, spiritual, socio-political influences in German Expressionism as portrayed in stage costumes for dance and theatre.  Special archival footage of original performances will be shown.


Hycroft Manor 1489 McRae Ave, Vancouver British Columbia,
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm
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“ Soft Spaces and the Woven Landscape “




Award-winning fiber artist Sola Fiedler explores her textile creations

from her larger than life City Tapestries to more intimate studio pieces.

Sola’s Soft Space Studios [based in Vancouver] produces embroidered

and woven originals. Her monumental City Tapestries have been

internationally exhibited to much acclaim. They capture the panoramic

cityscape in minute bird’s eye detail. With over 50 years of experience,

Sola will provide an inside look at the technical and creative processes

behind her art!


Date: Sunday March 22nd , 2015

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: Doors Open @ 1pm

Lecture 2 PM – 4 PM




Tickets Online:

Further Info:






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Who said romance was dead ?

Join costume historian Ivan Sayers for a magical Valentine’s Day fashion

spectacle. Decades of historic and vintage costumes come to life in a glamorous

review of retro romantic clothing – and the stories behind them. From Subtle

Edwardian lace to cherry red fifties crinolines, there’s something for all

connoisseurs of fashion.


Date: Sunday February 15, 2015

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: Doors Open @ 1pm

Lecture 2 PM – 4 PM

Further Info:








The Society for the Museum of Original Costume Presents:

“Tales and Treasures from the SMOC Collection 2015″

Join costume historian Ivan Sayers for a glamourous review featuring the best of the SMOC collection’s recent acquisitions. As a bonus, some of the collection’s star attractions will also be highlighted.


White gloves will be provided for guests who are encouraged to view the treasures up close !

Date: Sunday,  January 18th 2015

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

Time: 2-4 pm

Doors open @ 1 pm

TICKETS: $20 SMOC members

                   $22 non-members




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The Society for the Museum of Original Costume Presents:

“Instinct to Play”

 Dance Costumes and the Mechanical Body on the Bauhaus Stage 1922-1929


The Bauhaus movement fused Art, Technology and the Human Form, creating the foundation of modernism in popular culture. Join Guest host Ines Ortner for a detailed exploration of Form, Function….and the limitless Imagination.

Date: Sunday, November 30th  2014

Location: Hycroft

                     1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

Time: 2 – 4 pm

Doors open @ 1 pm


$22 Non-Members

$20 Members

$10 Students





SMOC [The Society for the Museum of Original Costume] Presents:

“ I Can’t Believe She Wore That….Again ! “

Join Host Ivan Sayers for an unforgettable Sunday afternoon with some ladies of [almost] high fashion.

Back by popular demand, this curious study in Bad Taste features a live fashion show of beautiful outfits that are stunning for all the wrong reasons.

Beauty is indeed in the Eye of the Beholder !

For a fun and fantastic weekend, make sure you have your ticket to style.

Date: Sunday October 19th, 2014

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Doors open @ 1pm


SMOC Members $20

Non-Members $22

Students $10

Purchase advance tickets via PayPal:

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SMOC [ The Society for the Museum of Original Costume ] inaugurates  the fall season with a sporting spectacle hosted by Ivan Sayers.

A brand new series of lectures and events begins on Sunday, September 21st at Hycroft with:

“ The Sporting Life: Historic Dress for Fun and Games “

A live fashion exhibition details men’s and women’s historical sportswear for both spectators and participants. The event also marks Ivan Sayers’ Big Birthday Bash, so be sure to join us for glamour, games, birthday cake and a special collectibles sale.

….. and don’t forget to wear your Ascot Hat !

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

Time: Doors open at 1 pm

The lecture begins at 2 pm until 4 pm

Tickets can be purchased online at or reserve limited advance tickets:







Wetcoast RainwearSMOC PRESENTS:



Spring has arrived !

     Join costume historian Ivan Sayers for a live fashion show and lecture on how to stay chic and dry at the same time. The show features a parade of historical rainwear and unique pieces designed for both beauty and function. A must for all residents of British Columbia !

Location: Hycroft Ballroom

Date: Sunday April 13th 2014

Time: 2 PM- 4PM

  Doors open @ 1 PM


Or reserve tickets in advance:

For more information:

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Peruvian Culture Lecture Peru

A Living Culture: The Woven Arts of Peru

Art and Textiles Conservator Sarah Confer charts a colourful journey through the indigenous textiles of Peru.

Her presentation outlines the centuries-old traditions of woven fabrics, with special emphasis on how the environment, communal identity and language are embodied in the art of fabric making.

Sarah Confer has extensive firsthand experience working with village communities in Peru, and her presentation evokes the varied colours, textures and patterns of a nation.
As a bonus, a select sample sale of Peruvian textiles will for sale during the event.

Date: Sunday March 16th 2014
Time: 2 PM – 4 PM
Doors open @ 1PM

Location: Hycroft Ballroom
1489 McRae Ave. Vancouver

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Personal Stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen and Fashion Forecaster Vivienne Taylor share professional style tips and trade secrets

February 2014 Transitions (r)

February sees the future of fashion come to Hycroft. Join personal stylist Nicolette Lang-Anderson and fashion forecaster Vivienne Taylor as they trace the latest trends to grace the global catwalks. Suits, dresses, separates, coats, accessories and more… With their combined experience in styling, retail management and marketing, this dynamic duo will help you start the New Year in Style.

Sunday February 16, 2014, 2-4 PM

Doors open at 1 PM

Hycroft, 1489 McRae, Vancouver

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FUNKY FASHIONS AND FAJohn Fluevog Shoes and SMOC present:



Join SMOC for an intimate evening at Fluevog Shoes.

Host Ivan Sayers presents vintage chic with a modern twist. A parade of retro-clad models highlight the unique artistry of John Fluevog designs.
Date: Friday November 29th, 2013
Time: 7-9 PM
Doors @ 7 PM
Location: John Fluevog Shoes
837 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Non-members $25 SMOC members $22 Students $15

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September Postcard

Japanese culture specialist and guest SMOC lecturer Maiko Behr provides an introduction to the
dazzling diversity of traditional kimono silks, offering an intimate look into minute details of the production process. Featuring examples from the antique kimono collection and original fashions of Vancouver collector/designer Fumie Von Dehn, this special show will trace Japanese silk through centuries-old techniques of craftsmanship to Western-inspired designs of the early 20th century. Live models will present contemporary designs that reveal a deep understanding of and respect for these materials while giving them new life.

This time only, the rare garments seen on stage will also be offered for sale. The show will be accompanied by a pop-up trunk sale of exclusive vintage fabrics and fashions, sourced from one-of-a-kind hand-dyed, hand-woven, and hand-painted Japanese kimono silks from the 1890s to 1960s. Please note that purchases will be by cash or cheque only.

Please note: Doors open at noon!

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Gala: Bal Masqué
October 24

2013 GALA

This is your chance to don your favourite faux persona!

Bal Masqué masquerade balls were a feature of the Carnival season in 15th century Europe, which grew into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance. They were generally elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes, and were particularly popular in Venice. Today, Bal Masqué is a party or feast where guests attend in costume, wearing a mask.

At SMOC’s Bal Masqué, we’ll provide you with an atmospheric pre-show string quartet, professional photo-ops with fabulously adorned partiers, sumptuous food, silent auction, and, of  course, a stunning live fashion show hosted by our Honorary Curator, Ivan Sayers. Costumes and masks optional, but encouraged.

The Bal Masqué Gala Fundraiser presented by SMOC will be held at the Hellenic Centre (4500 Arbutus Street) on October 24, 2013. No-host bar 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Dinner @ 7:00 pm, Fashions @ 8:00 pm.

Tickets are priced at $100 for SMOC members, $125 for non-members. Tables of ten available for $1,000.

Don’t delay – sales are first come, first served.
Purchase tickets online below.
Tickets available for sale until October 17, 2013. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

*Ticket price includes a choice of three entrees to be selected before the gala. More information to follow.

Individuals or Table:

Please consider making a donation to our Silent Auction table. Click here to complete the form and for instructions for delivery, or contact information to arrange for pickup of your donated item.

Evening at Fluevog Shoes
November 29     7 – 9pm

Recent Acquisitions
January 19, 2014

Lore Maria Wiener’s dress will be the highlight of the event and details on our Adopt-An-Outfit campaign will be available!

Re-invent your look: Wardrobe detox
February 16, 2014

Nicolette Lang Anderson and Vivienne Young discuss the fashion forecast for 2014. What is fashion this year, and what is fad?

Wetcoast Rainwear
April 20, 2014

Ivan Sayers talks about how our fashion has been influenced by the rainy weather of the west coast.

A Day at the Races: The Sporting Life
September 21, 2014

Ivan Sayers birthday bash with an equestrian theme!

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