Mission Lifetime Learning CentreThe Transformation of Women’s Clothing
in the 1940s and 1950s

From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned. Then, in the 1950s, girlishness became the rage.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke̶—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 garments. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

This exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.  It will include features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to virtually try on period garments.

Wednesday  February 25, 2015

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

$45 member/ $55 non-member

Meet at LLCS for bus departure.

For all bus tours, pre-register early. Lunch is not included (unless indicated), dining out options always available.  Wear good walking shoes, bring a camera and dress for the weather.

Refund & standard cancellation policy applies.



Other Tours

Mar. 11, 2015 10:30 am- 4:00 pm Julius Caesar Matinee at UFV Theatre Chilliwack $37 member/ $47     non-member
Apr. 8, 2015 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Granville Island $30 member/ $40 non-member
May 6, 2015 9:30  am – 4:30 pm Springtime in Langley (includes lunch at Krause Berry Farm). $50 member / $60 non-member
June 3, 2015 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Sea To Sky Gondola, Squamish . $65 members/ $75 non-members