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Social History of Dress in 19th Century Canada

February 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm GMT0
Meeting Room 1, North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6L4
$40 ($35 for OGS members)
Toronto Branch OGS


Do you have some old family photographs but don’t know when they were taken? Do you know some of the major fashion innovations in the 19th century that help in dating old photographs? If you want to learn more, this two-part lecture series will be of interest.

This course is intended as a primer on the social history of dress seen in 19th century photographs from the Victorian age to the Edwardian age, with a special emphasis on Canadian history.

The course instructor will describe the social history of dress from 1840 to 1910. Victorian photographs are embedded with clues related to dress and behaviour, making them mirrors of their age. The course will conclude with a discussion on best practices for the care of old photographs and garments that are family heirlooms to assist with preserving these precious family artifacts.Carte de visite

Instructor: Ingrid Mida
Ingrid Mida, BA, MA, is the Acting Curator of the Fashion Research Collection at Ryerson University in Toronto. As a dress historian and curator, she has a special interest in 19th century dress and photography practices. Ingrid recently initiated a redesign the Costume Journal to provide a forum for original research on Canadian topics in dress history and has edited two issues of the journal. Ingrid is a frequent guest lecturer and has given talks at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Concordia University, Universitat Catholica in Milan, as well as the keynote address at the recent Costume Society of America Mid-west Conference.

North York Central Library is wheelchair accessible. For more information about our policies on accessibility, visit our  policies page.

To register for this course, click on the green “Buy Tickets” near the top of the page. For information about our policies on registration, cancellation and refunds, late registration and at-the-door registration, visit our policies page.

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