The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto is happening this weekend! If you’re not familiar with this popular event, it offers free access to cool public and private spaces around the city. Even though this year’s theme is Sport, Recreation, and Leisure, I managed to find a couple of fashion-related destinations out of the 155 participating spaces:
- Bata Shoe Museum: New to Doors Open, the Bata Museum building was inspired by a partially open shoe box and houses over 13,000 shoes and shoe-related artifacts! If that’s not enough to entice you, there are two interesting exhibitions to check out: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels and Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century.
- Humber Fashion Institute: Humber fashion students come to this historic site, built in the 1890s, to study fashion management and promotions. The Institute is currently displaying fashion from the last 100 years with a focus on athletic wear. Plus their official website makes the place look extra snazzy and definitely worth the trek out west!
If your Doors Open wanderings bring you to the Distillery District, you might want to take a moment to pop into Mint Boutique. Aside from offering a great selection of women’s wear and accessories, they are also hosting an in-store contest. Try on any piece of Bailey44, take a picture, post it on social media, and be automatically entered to win that piece of clothing! My recommendations: the adorable navy blue and white polka dot skirt and the classic trench coat. Check out the entries so far #Bailey44xMint.
- exhibition: Good Beginnings: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China, Textile Museum of Canada, closes May 24
- contest: Spring Fling Contest, SheDoesTheCity website, until May 28
- contest: Bailey 44 In Store Contest, Mint Boutique (45 Tank House Lane), until May 31
- exhibition: Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, Textile Museum of Canada, May 2 – Oct 4, 2015
- exhibition: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, May 8, 2015 – May 2016
- exhibition: ¡Viva Mexico! Clothing and Culture, Royal Ontario Museum, May 9, 2015- May 23, 2016
- exhibition: Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, Bata Shoe Museum, June 18, 2014 – June 30, 2016
- sale: More Than Just a Yardage, Textile Museum of Canada, May 29-30
- pop up: Casa Lovina’s Pop-Up Charity, Casa Lovina (41 Ashdale Ave), May 31, 12-4pm
- lecture: Andy Warhol and the Art of Textiles, Northrop Frye Hall (73 Queen’s Park Crescent), June 3, 6pm
- exhibition: Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, Textile Museum of Canada, June 10-September 7, 2015
- exhibition: All Hopped Up! A Celebration of Rockabilly & Hot Rod Culture, Black Cat Gallery (2186 Dundas West), June 18-24