Past Events


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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
SMOC – Society for the Museum of Original Costume


The Society for the Museum of Original Costume


“ 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




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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

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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

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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

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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


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Peruvian Culture LecturePeru

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


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

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!


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.




The SMOC Lower Mainland Day Trip – SOLD OUT! Road trip

June 1  9am – 6pm

Join us for an unforgettable day of costume history at Lower Mainland museums with SMOC and Ivan Sayers!

Surrey Museum to view the display of Kwantlen Polytechnic University student-made garments inspired by important 20th Century designers and Textile Archives, Hooser Textile Studio and Library Irving House and the New Westminster Museum for its 19th century costumes and decorative arts Burnaby Village Museum for a private tour of the costume collection Langley Centennial Museum to view its collection of archival photographs, historical objects and works of art

An ideal day for all costume lovers and history buffs!  Pick-up and drop-off at the Museum of Vancouver (parking cost $2 per hour).  All transportation, as well as lunch at the Burnaby Museum Ice Cream Parlour, is included in the cost of $70 for SMOC members and $75 for non-members.  Purchase your tickets today – space is limited to 24 guests!

The Business of Suits: The Roots of Professional Wear for Women
Sunday, April 21 – 2 to 4 pm at Hycroft

Suits for women are often considered to be serious, businesslike or even somber – but such was not always the case. In the 1890s when women first started wearing “tailor-mades,” styled after men’s suits, it was a political statement to claim equality with men. Once the suit became a part of every woman’s wardrobe, concessions to femininity and even glamour became evident. A live fashion show with host Ivan Sayers will showcase the evolution of women well-suited for the workplace, the ballroom, and even the altar.

The Wearing O’ Green: Uncovering the Irish Influence in Fashion

Sunday, March 17 – 2 to 4 pm at Hycroft

Join us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an exploration of Ireland’s contribution to world fashion. Host Ivan Sayers (famous for blarney and the gift of the gab) presents a live fashion show highlighting garments from 1900 to the 1960s. The fashion parade includes Irish lace and Donegal tweed, original designs by Sybil Connolly, and a vast array of green from all decades in between. Failte!

Hearts and Flowers: A History of Romance in Fashion
Host Ivan Sayers presents a live fashion show at HycroftSt. Valentine’s day is associated with sentiment and romance. Host Ivan Sayers demonstrates how fashion in the 20th Century has used ribbons and bows, lace and satin to promote hugs and kisses. A live fashion show will display women’s clothing in pinks and reds selected to demonstrate how society defines femininity.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 ~ 2-4pm
What’s Old is New: Tales and Treasures From the SMOC Collection

January 13, 2013

Ivan Sayers hosts a White Glove event; guests are welcome to touch the artefacts and ask questions.
The event will feature stunning recent acquisitions, from hats, gloves and jewelry to clothes and corsets. Each piece has a story to tell. What’s more, for the first time, we have designed a pop-up museum featuring the Best of 2012.

The event also introduces our Adopt-an-Outfit Campaign. Individuals or groups are invited to help restore a worthy sartorial candidate. With each donation, you or your team will receive: A pair of free tickets to the next SMOC show at Hycroft, a private tour of the SMOC collection with Ivan Sayers, a certificate of adoption; a write-up in our newsletter and on our Facebook page, and immortality: each time the garment is viewed in future, you get a mention of gratitude!

Suggested donation levels are:
Pret-a-porter: $70
Bespoke: $100
Haute Couture: $150

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25th, 2012 -2-4 PM


Host Ivan Sayers at Hycroft November 28 2012

The Silhouette may have changed over the decades, but the LBD remains the touchstone of chic sophistication. Timeless, ageless, a staple for all figures and functions, black is the “uniform” of urbane sophistication — so decreed Coco Channel.  Beginning in the nineteenth century, costume historian Ivan Sayers takes us through the journey of how black went from maudlin to magnifique! Feel free to show off your favorite LBD.


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High School Confidential ! Prom night 1946-66

Ivan Sayers Birthday Bash
Live fashion show 1946 – 1966

Join SMOC as we celebrate Ivan Sayers’ birthday by going back to school. Remember that teacher, those clothes — the big hair! Ivan digs deep into his collection (and recollections) to unearth high style to home made. The live fashion show includes the Prom Queen, the Cheerleader, Mods and Rockers. Swing by stag or bring your high school friends. Cake will be served post lecture, under the mirror ball.
Tickets $20 SMOC Members $25 Non-Members

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South Asian Dress

Penny Priddy presents a much-anticipated lecture on the art of South Asian dress. Rich textiles, evocative colours, and intricate draping showcase centuries of tradition. From cultural convention to practical contemporary, models demonstrate the significance of wedding regalia, turban wrapping and children’s clothing. Exotic yet accessible, Penny’s presentation will transport Hycroft to another world (if only for an hour or two).
Tickets $20 members $22 non-members


A Girl’s Best Friend: The Little Black Dress

The Silhouette may have changed over the decades, but the LBD remains the touchstone of chic sophistication. Timeless, ageless, a staple for all figures and functions, black is the “uniform” of urbane sophistication — so decreed Coco Channel. Beginning in the nineteenth century, costume historian Ivan Sayers takes us through the journey of how black went from maudlin to magnifique! Feel free to show of your favorite LBD.


New Year’s Lecture: What’s Old is New

Starting what will be a New Year’s tradition, SMOC presents our recent acquisitions lecture. Ever wonder what lurks in the SMOC collection at Hycroft? Where does Ivan Sayers find all that stuff!
Ivan will show off a discerning selection of donations made to the collection in 2012 — complete with tales of romance, rivalry and intrigue behind the clothes (we hope).
As well, the new year will see the launch of our “ADOPT AN OUTFIT” campaign. It takes time, devotion and money to restore historic clothing to its near-original beauty. SMOC will unveil a deserving sartorial candidate in need of TLC. Benefactors can be a group, a corporation or just you. It’s a sure way to get your name in the Newsletter, and to receive a private tour of the collection with Ivan.



Winter/ Spring 2012 Programs

Sunday, April 15:

Beyond Pretty: Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons

When avant-garde, Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons introduced her deconstructed clothing in the 1970s, she transformed Parisian catwalks and began the Japanese “fashion revolution” of the 1980s. Characterized by a sculptural aesthetic and a use of unconventional materials, her clothing often incorporated unfinished seams or holes. Corey Mah, graduate of Emily Carr University and self-described fashion junkie, illustrates Kawakubo’s rise to fame and her inventive style using examples of her work, including a man’s bias-cut suit, a silk sleeve armlet, a boiled polyester jacket, pleather perforated shorts, and whimsical accessories. Key pieces of men’s wear and women’s wear from Comme des Garçons and diffusion lines Homme Plus, Comme des Garçons X H&M, Robe de Chambre, PLAY, Shirt, and Junya Watanabe illustrate the exceptional artistry and commercial success of the “anti-fashion” style that started in Japan and then went global. This program is generously sponsored by “THE AUTOMAT.CA New and vintage style for a fabulous life”

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Place: Hycroft, 1489 MacRae Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 per OCMS member; $10 per OCMS student member; $22 per non-member
Tickets available at the door. General seating.

Sunday, Febuary 26:

Vancouver Fashion Up Close and Personal

New design trends, new designers, and even some old, but good, stories will be the topics under discussion as Marilyn Wilson, editor of Fame’d Magazine (Vancouver) and Raine Magazine (New York) shares her knowledge about and enthusiasm for contemporary fashion. Hear about the struggles of new designers. See examples of new and unusual clothing trends from the collections of several local designers. Wilson’s immersion in the Vancouver and international fashion scene will make the program personal and lively.

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Place: Hycroft, 1489 MacRae Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 per OCMS member; $10 per OCMS student member; $22 per non-member
Tickets available at the door. General seating.

Marilyn Wilson

Sunday, May 6:

The Art Deco Woman: from Cubist to Streamlined

Fashion is an endless series of actions and reactions. In the years prior to Word War I, fashionable women exaggerated their figures with corsets and padding worn under closely-fitted garments. After the war, women minimized their natural shapes and hid them inside loose, sack-like clothing. This understatement and stylization of the body reinvented the concept of the perfect body type – the Art Deco Woman. Ivan Sayers will discuss the aesthetics of 1920s art deco fashions and the logic behind this development. He will also discuss the gradual changes which occur as fashion adapted the pure geometry of art deco style into the more physically revealing and sensuous clothing of the streamlined style of the 1930s. A live fashion show of 1920s and 1930s garments makes this program special.

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Place: Hycroft, 1489 MacRae Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 per OCMS member; $10 per OCMS student member; $22 per non-member
Tickets available at the door. General seating.

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