On my summer getaway, I made sure to schedule in a trip to this small museum in the basement level of the Marche Bonsecours, conveniently right in Old Montreal. It really is small, and only takes a short visit to see everything - which is great when you're holidaying and trying to fit everything in! The exhibits are always changing, and it's so worth a stop if you're in Montreal.
Anyhow, when I was there, the exhibit was "Leitmotifs", about pattern. You've got to click over to see the image of the "tie chandelier" at the begining; I didn't get a picture of it myself, but it was visually stunning. I really enjoyed it - the writeups for some of the pieces were informative and quite fascinating too.
Without further ado, here are some of the dresses I just had to record for posterity.
|Just so pretty|
|Front of a modern-looking dress|
|And the back - this shows the more 50s details|
|I finally saw a real live DVF wrap dress!|
|Pretty in pink...well, more coral-ish|
|Love the sleeve ruching & look at that bust dart|
|Great use of the stripe in this full skirt|
|This sleeve detail was interesting - gathered drape at the underarm!|
|And interesting story behind this polka dotted dress|
|Like the use of lace and gingham, but hard to photograph|
|Lovely 40s silhouette & fabric|
|A closer look|
|And look -- novelty fabrics were a hit then, too!|
|One of my favourites - so elegant|
|All those self-fabric belts. And this charming fabric|
|I love this 'cape' effect. Couldn't get close enough to figure out how it was done|
|Thought this funky 60s tunic & pant was great!|
I hope you've enjoyed the tour -- be sure to visit this cute little museum yourself if you're in Montreal. The Marche Bonsecours is also a centre for Quebec designers so you may see some of their new fashions in the boutiques there too.