Monday, December 18, 2017

Welcome to The Rising Hemlines Exhibit at Mackin House, Heritage Museum, Coquitlam

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On December 9th, we celebrated the opening of the exhibit: Rising Hemlines, a multi room display of the roaring twenties clothing, accessories, and the household as it would have looked in Coquitlam and in many other places, at that time. This exhibit is on until March 3, 2018 and has been written about in great detail by Janis Cleugh of the TriCityNews, here

And just before Christmas, the fireplace was on, Christmas tree was decorated (charming crochet ornaments are by Connie Tsoukalas) staff and volunteers dressed in 20's fashions welcomed us with tours, a fabulous appetizer feast and live music. Jasmine Moore, Curator, worked with Ivan Sayers on this fabulous exhibit and clothing and accessories came from his collection, with additional pieces from Claus Jahnke's collection. Their philosophy: "Embrace the old, innovate on the new, make it your own."

Ann Carlsen, President of The Coquitlam Heritage Society, introduced us to the changing role of women during the 20's and to the importance of preserving and sharing that history, especially locally, as it happened in the area. Jasmine Moore, Curator, talked about her role in creating the exhibit and setting the historical scenes. Ivan Sayers, Fashion Historian, owner of the largest Canadian collection of clothing and accessories 1800's +++the discussed the working woman, the voting woman, the woman freed from the confines of bustles, the woman increasingly aware of the larger world and travel, the woman in the technological world, and more.

This was a highly interactive and fascinating event, a must see! Up and coming events by the Coquitlam Heritage Society and Mackin House here.

Thanks to all for fantastic company and kudos for the hard work in putting this together!

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