One of the Museum of Vancouver’s most successful show was the ‘Rationing to Ravishing.’ From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke - the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will presented more than 80 garments. Highlights included: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.
“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.”