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Lace Embrace Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show III

May means spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than by holding a magical mansion garden party?  Lace Embrace Atelier does just that and what a frothy treat it is!  This year was their third Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show which was held at the majestic Hycroft Mansion in Shaughnessy. The carefully selected corsets and ephemera on display were from the private collection of Melanie Talkington, owner and corsetiere of Lace Embrace Atelier.  There was also a silent auction of various sponsored treasures and a Victorian photo booth, as well as refreshments for purchase.  Ms. Talkington presided over an intimate fashion show on the terrace and demonstrated the sequence of how a typical Victorian lady gets dressed, from slip dress to corset and hat.

The proceeds of this delightful event will be used towards the opening of the first Antique Corset Museum in Vancouver, to be slated for 2014.  Ms. Talkington is the owner of the largest antique corset collection in the world and would like to provide a permanent home for her precious pretty things to be shared with locals and tourists alike.  I eagerly await the day when this vision becomes a reality, but in the meantime, I am grateful that Lace Embrace throws such a fabulous annual party that transports me into another world and time.

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Recap of Eco Fashion Week Seminars

I had to debate about going to EFW’s seminar series. Like yourself, I’ve only got 24 hours in a day and I was hoping to work on some other things and keep my Sunday lazy. But honestly, it was one of the best things that I could have done to further the learning I’ve done through BCIT’s SBL Program.

We didn’t dive into the details about LCAs or CSR plans, but what I found was similar to a fellow SBL-er classmate and friend of mine: I jumped with joy when I understood every term the speakers threw out there – closed-loop systems, zero waste, vertical integration, etc. I even knew the answers to some questions and felt confident to provide ideas to the discussion based on the research I’ve done on sustainable fashion throughout the year too.

So here are the highlights (aka my Coles notes version, quite literally) from the 5 seminars that kicked on EFW season 6:

  • Seminar 1: Facing the Issues
  • Seminar 2: Looking for Solutions
  • Seminar 3: Designer Challenges & Solutions
  • Seminar 4: Trends & Moving Towards the Future
  • Seminar 5: Rethinking Second-hand

I found a few recurring themes throughout the day…

– challenges of family life and running a business

– challenges/opportunities of Vancouver’s small industry


– limits of growth for small, local businesses

Interesting things I’ve learned:

– textiles will be part of the City of Vancouver’s recycling plan as of 2017! (from Wes Baker, de-brand)

– don’t use cotton thread with polyester – textile mixing not good for the recyclers and decomposers (also from Wes)

– modular design – it’s possible to design a piece of clothing worn 25+ ways as a shirt, dress, skirt, scarf, bag… (by Shannon Whitehead)

– trend: in popular culture, we’ll see nature to take on a sense of humour (by Carly Stojsic, WGSN)

– trend: we’ll be turning away from consumption and gravitating toward DIY (also by Carly)

– having more control of your fashion business via vertical integration allows you to make a bigger social difference (via Nicole Bridger)

– you CAN find Gucci, Balmain, Dior, Givenchy at Value Village! (a la Myriam Laroche, EFW founder)

Best Quotes of the Seminars:

“We hold our corporations accountable, but we don’t hold ourselves accountable.” – Jason Neve, Boardroom Eco Apparel

‘The good thing about my designs is that they’re never out of trend because they’re never on trend.’ – loosely quoted from Lincoln Heller, FiveLeft Leather

“Can I hack it in the industry and be who I am?” – Nicole Bridger

“I’m not going to do any good in the world if I don’t make money.” – Nicole Bridger

If you are at all interested in sustainability, I highly urge you to attend next season’s seminar series!

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