Saturday, February 6, 2016

Battered Women's Support Services and its social enterprise thrift boutique, My Sister's Closet and Vancity Theatre hosted a fabulous event, on January 27, 2016, to support the critical issue of ending violence against girls and women. Reducing textile waste to the landfill, supporting eco thrift by recycling and buying local, were also highlighted. Contributions to Battered Women's Support Services, were generated by the donation of $5 from each $15 ticket for the evening. Attendees learned more about the high price of fast fashion for the world and for the environment, by seeing Andrew Morgan's poignant documentary: THE TRUE COST. Everyone enjoyed the dramatic venue for an eco-thrift pop up, from the ever changing racks and silver mannequins from My Sister's Closet at Seymour and Helmcken. A special display of beautiful jewelry by one of the artisans, there, Angel Ahmadzai-Fisher, Ace &Co., was so popular and you can see more when you drop by the store. Generous appie trays were provided by Nesters Market, a true community market, on Seymour. Both teams, from Vancity and from My Sister's Closet worked very hard, leading up to and on the night. to invite and welcome long time supporters and new friends. Even on a dreary, wet night, the lights were on! Keep shining!
If you would like to donate clothing or shop for a great cause, My Sister's Closet is at 1092 Seymour: Hours: M-Thurs 10:00-7:00, Sat. ll:00-7:00 Sunday 12-6:00. Volunteers always welcome!

Blazer, collared shirt, necklace by Ace and Co. at MSC

Danier Leather Jacket and Vince Top at MSC

Vintage Dress at My Sisters Closet(MSC)

Angel - Ace and Co

MSC Volunteers: Jennifer and Johanne

Rosa, Samantha, Dianna, Jennifer and Clarice BWSS/MSC crew

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This was all about places: A new location. The Permanent, a magnificently restored 1907 bank building, iconic and classic, showcased collections from students from many places, being in that place between graduating and beginning new careers, places in our minds to which these designs transported us, families, friends and Blanche Macdonald Grad Show 2015 lucky attendees. And this was a very special place to be on a cold, rainy November evening. And, this is a timely reminder that the next show, another to bring sun, sparkle and Spring, is just around the corner.

The list of talented professionals, accomplished students and tireless volunteers, responsible for Blanche Macdonald's ever dazzling fashion shows, is infinite, but two who are always there to say hi and to introduce everyone to the next designers are Peggy Morrison, Program and Fashion Show Director, and Tyler Udall, Creative Director. Tyler's talent for training students to put together 'street looks' and to produce an instant show at My Sister's Closet, a special thrift store whose proceeds support Battered Women's Services, shines here.

Check out Blanche Macdonald Centre's website for the next, not to be missed show of excellence!

A big thanks to Dianna Drahanchuk, who also attended Blanche Macdonald, for her fabulous photographs of the runway creations.

Our next new design labels, hopefully in Vancouver, but also on red carpets everywhere will carry the following names:

Asli Katina Bozdag
Zoe (Jiay) Han
Anahita F. Monzavi
Caitlyn Bellavance
Maxine Siperko (Overall Achievement Award)
Joy Nickerson (Pattern Making and Garment Construction Award)
Maria Rachael Leung
Mary Ebrahimi
Garret Alexander Elphee (Fashion Innovation Award)
Andrew Lacasse
Lindsey Kapitzke (Best Porfolio and Overall Achievement Awards)
Jessica Lidder
Maryam Niyazi (Pattern Making Award)
Mary Zhang
Sierra Lundy (Illustration Award)
Teighan Flanigan
Chloe Prusa
Miss Miche
Nasim Mehrtabar

The Show

Marilyn R. Wilson, writer and Student Designer

Dianna Drahanchuk and Peggy Morrison, Program and Fashion Director

Runway photos by Dianna Drahanchuk

Sunday, January 31, 2016

From the Frankie Series, Purpleheart and Plum, this handcrafted wood watch, by JORD, is a perfect example of the company's motto: "Moments are greater than minutes." Elegant Frankie, nestled on a pillow in a beautiful wooden box, was keeping time in another zone when she first arrived. With one easy adjustment, though, she turned her gaze to Vancouver and took us outside to the Roundhouse Community Centre and to the steam train, Engine 374. Bricks, metal, leather and pottery, created by artisans, strong, enduring, memorable, beautiful and always a part of a life well lived. Celebrating moments and keeping track of them.

Frankie sits easily and comfortably on the wrist. She is a couture design, lighting up any runway, suitable for wrists of all ages and sizes. She came with a guarantee of excellence and immediate, online connection if there are any questions. What more could one ask except, where can I find out more?

BONUS for you! We've partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each! If you've had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code, they'll be good through the end of May! Entering is easy; just click on the image of the Frankie!

Click on the image to receive your gift code!

The page will ask you for your email and your favorite JORD watch (so many to choose from) once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

Thank you, JORD, for Frankie and a way of keeping perfect time.

See Anthea's post on how she wears her JORD here!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This is a jewel of a space, one floor, a couple of rooms and always exhibiting something you wouldn't find anywhere else. It is special and the exhibits are beautifully curated and easily accessible. Ophelie Raffin, who is in charge of Communications for the museum, gave this information about Beatrice Marrelli Pearson, whose fabulous wardrobe was generously donated, over the years, to the museum.  Born in Montreal, in the late 1930's, Beatrice's mother and grandmother were seamstresses and so she developed a passion for fabric and style, early on. Hers is an eclectic showcase of hand-made, boutique and thrifted clothing and accessories. Her shoes, in particular, are to die for and in exactly the right size for Anthea.

Treasure Seeker Colleen loved this exhibit!

The entrance to the exhibit

Beatrice Marrelli Pearson

Thiery Mugler suit (1988)

Very cool purse


Diane Freis blouse (1980-90) and Frank Usher skirt (1995) (left)
Holt Renfrew coat (1975) Faliero Sarti shawl (2015) (right)

Beatrice Pearson (2001)
Jones New York pants (2005-2006) 

Ballgown Beatrice Pearson

Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Blouse Jacket Pleats Please Issey Miyake (1993-1999) (left)
Dress Issey Miyake (2001) (right)
Dress and Vest ensemble - Issey Miyake (2003) (right)

Dress and jacket - Yohji Yamamoto (2003) (middle)
Dress and vest ensemble - Issey Miyake (after 2000) (far right)

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