Heritage Productions

October 23rd, 2009  |  Published in Costume Society

Jo at the operaI belong to a volunteer group in Victoria, that produces fashion shows, showcasing the beautiful fashions from the mid-1800’s to the 1950’s. Some costumes are reproductions, but others are authentic and each outfit has to be accessorized with the correct items
for that era.

Hence, it is a long task to put together the perfect outfit and research, find, or improvise the necessary details. I will include more info about the group as there is so much to share with you.

The outfit I am wearing here is an Opera Gown from the late 1890’sand was worn in a Mother’s Day Fashion Show, Sidney, BC. The orange cape is from the HP Collection and felt absolutely luxurious to wear. This gown is reconstructed from an original, 1900’s skirt, and was painstakingly tailored by Louise Louise Osselton, our talented and hard-working seamstress/designer in the group. The lace headdress is antique but the purse is a reproduction, found on a trip to Las Vegas.

I have since acquired a pair of opera binoculars and fan. My search is still ongoing for a pair of embroidered bootees, but I have size 9 1/2 feet, so nothing vintage will come anywhere near me.

Although I have a private collection of gowns, they are hard to wear because women a hundred years ago came in really small sizes and sometimes the fabric will be destroyed if it is handled incorrectly. HP Models seem to favor a certain era, but I seem to enjoy the mid 1900’s, 1930’s and 1950’s.

Paintings inspired by costumes are shown in the Vintage section of the Home Webpage.

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