Exhibitions & Events

Our annual fundraising events help to build the Antique Corset Museum and create a unique and enjoyable opportunity for the community to get dressed up and enjoy the elegance of the corset.

Once we have raised enough funds for the museum, we look forward to installing and planning our exhibits in our very own museum space located in our boutique. Stop by to see the latest exhibit! 
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Ehibition - Dressed for History: Why Costume Collections Matter

Exhibit on display from March 16, 2023 – December 3, 2023

Clothing is the most personal of artefacts. It reveals so much about who we are, what we do and what we value. Clothing conveys information about occupation, social and economic status, gender and cultural identity and political and religious affiliation.   

Four remarkable historical costume collectors have recognized the importance of preserving costumes to document the past and inspire our present and future. Ivan Sayers, Claus Jahnke, Melanie Talkington and the members of the BC Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC) are fashion historians with significant collections that feature some of the rarest garments and fabrics in the world. 

The Museum of Vancouver has invited these collectors to share their deep knowledge of costume history by showcasing pieces from their collections. Dressed for History: Why Costume Collections Matter makes the case that fashion and costumes are significant and enduring expressions of personal identity and of political and social change. This exhibition confirms Vancouver as home to world-class costume interpreters, collectors and historians. 

For more info visit the MOV at https://museumofvancouver.ca/dressed-for-history

Inside Out: Womens Fashion from Foundation to Silhouette

Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida October 15th to January 5th, 2020

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Antique Corset Exhibition I

The ACE was hosted at Hycroft Manor in Vancouver. It was our first corset event to showcase the collection and give Vancouverites an opportunity to dress fully corseted! 

Antique Corset Exhibition II

Due to great interest, we hosted another even at Hycroft Manor in 2012 to showcase the collection and have a wonderful excuse to dress up in our corsets!

Photo credit to Tallulah Photography and Shimona Henry

Antique Corset Exhibition III

Our third event at Hycroft Manor was in 2013. Not only did guests dress up in corsets, but we provided the crowd with a tutorial of how women dressed in their underpinnings, featuring authentic antique underpinnings and a Victorian corset made by Lace Embrace Atelier.

Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict filmed a video at our Antique Corset Ball in 2013 at Hycroft Manor in Vancouver.

La Mecanique des Dessous Paris

The Mechanics of Underwear exhibit brought tears to Melanie’s eyes. The Musée les Arts Decoratifs located inside the Louvre Palace, Paris borrowed 40 antique corsets and bustles from Melanie’s collection. It was a great honour to work with such an esteemed museum and be welcomed into the world of historic textiles. Melanie enjoyed 3 trips to Paris and England to intensely study the history of corsetry and underpinnings. She was able to look closely at objects from 17th century lace ruffs, cod pieces and modern designer pieces. 
A portion of the exhibit traveled to New York and was renamed Fashioning the Body. The exhibit catalogue was translated from French to English. Copies of the book are available in our shop. 

Fashioning the Body

The Grand Corset Ball in New York City

The Grand Corset Ball was the first event held in the US and was planned to coincide with the opening of Fashioning the Body exhibit at the Bard museum in New York. The Mechanics of Underwear exhibit borrowed antique pieces from Melanie’s collection, and the Fashioning the Body exhibit did the same. Friends and clients of Melanie traveled to Paris to see the exhibit and it was amazing exhibit come to North America.The Grand Corset Ball was an opportunity for the lovers of corsetry to come together in celebration! We dressed up and enjoyed a night of dancing and performance! Cathie JungPerle Noire and  Kelly Lee Dekay  all attended the unforgettable evening. See for yourself just how special a night it was!