Fashion Victims

Boy, this past month (and a bit) has flown by…  I’ll have more on this and some thoughts for going forward later, but I wanted to share one of the things I’ve done in this time.

Last weekend (June 3-6) I went up to Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario to visit friends, but the catalyst was to see the Fashion Victims exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum.  I don’t know where I first heard of this exhibit.  I know I found out about the book, written by one of the people who curated the exhibit, last year some time before it came out in October.  With exchanges I had to do of Christmas gifts, I was able to get the book.

Whenever it was I found out about the exhibit, I knew I had to figure out a way to go. When I looked at the website, it showed that it was at the museum through June 2016 (it’s now been extended through January 2017).  So I brought up to my friends in the Toronto area that I was going to try to come and see that, and we should all meet up, etc.  So after planning where I was going to stay, and when I was coming, I went.  And I’m really glad I did.  (All following photos are ones I took at the museum.)

The exhibit was set up to look like a salon, where everything was on display, and you could pick out things you wanted.  I loved how it was set up.  The black and white floor, the wood (-looking) walls, the alcoves of items… It was gorgeous.  Then you actually start looking at the items…

Mauve shoes.  Ties in to my post inspired by mauve.

Arsenical green shoes.  Also ties into the earlier post.  I found out what those
weird shaped boots (bottom left), that I think are ugly…, are called: Adelaide boots.
The middle pair has actual gold embroidery.

Arsenical green dress.

Lacquered embroidery box.  The sap from the lacquer tree is related to poison oak
and so would cause rashes on the people that created it.

A pair of Queen Victoria’s mourning slippers, from towards the end of her life.  These have a butterfly embroidered on the top.  She gave these to a housekeeper.

Highly feminized, boudoir slippers.

More mauve shoes.

Button hooks.  I love the thistle-looking one.

A crinoline.  Crinolines were dangerous because they trapped air under them, and if a woman brushed too close to a fire, the air trapped inside would ignite, and engulf her.

Those middle shoes were one of the first pairs to have elasticized gussets.

Deerskin slipper uppers, with moose hair embroidery.  (Yay, Canada. 😉 )

Mercury coated, beaver fur top hat.

I wish I had taken pictures of more of the panels in the exhibit – I don’t remember why some things were “deadly” or created “fashion victims”.  I wish I had taken more pictures in general.  There was a gorgeous Regency gown at the start of the exhibit that was deadly because the light, airy fabric easily caught fire.  There was also a pair of shoes and gloves that belonged to Empress Sissi, that were just unbelievably tiny.

If you’re in the Toronto area, or can get there by January, I highly recommend seeing this exhibit.  I need to get back to reading the book!  Next week I’ll have some other pictures from the museum.

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