From Rationing to Ravishing – An Ivan Sayers Fashion Show

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The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is honoured to present an exciting upcoming fashion show of women’s wartime fashion: From Rationing to Ravishing. The event will be held on Sunday September 11th, from 2 to 4pm, inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, and showcases fashion historian Ivan Sayers’ collection of daywear, evening dresses, and work uniforms spanning the 1940s and 1950s.

The show will feature a range of outfits from the patriotic and modest styles of housedresses and factory wear of the 1940s, to the contrasting indulgent evening gowns of the 1950s. Ivan Sayers will provide historical commentary on how the changing fashion trends reflect the societal attitudes of the times. Highlights include a 1950s Canfisco smock, cannery and Boeing Vancouver overalls, as well as Paris haute couture-inspired dresses.

This special presentation will be held inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Saturday, September 11, from 2 to 4pm. Tickets in advance $18, available on: or by phone 604.664.9009. Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society members receive a special rate of $15, while supplies last, available by phone or in person only: 604.664.9009.

From Rationing to Ravishing is a special event presented in conjunction with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society’s current feature exhibit, Women on the Homefront: Women’s contributions during World War II. The exhibit commemorates the impact women made during the war, from knitting for troops to harvesting crops at home, and working in fish canneries across the west coast. The fashion show brings women’s wartime clothing to life and provides another perspective on the war.

Dress photo courtesy of Museum of Vancouver.

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