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Welcome to the Toronto 2015 Annual Meeting website!

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The meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada between Tuesday 8  and Sunday 13 September 2015 and we invite you to join us for a great week in this modern, vibrant and bustling city.  Toronto has a rich dress and textile history; as a major centre of garment production in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a major retail centre for clothing in Canada (including iconic department stores Eaton’s and Holt Renfrew) and home to many of Canada’s contemporary fashion designers including Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing and Smythe.

Vogue’s Guide to Canada’s Cultural Capital: Toronto

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It offers the perfect setting for the meeting theme Exhibitions and Interpretation and to consider aspects of interpreting and displaying dress and our members’ experiences of projects relating to the research, conservation, display, interpretation and accessibility of dress collections from around the world.  There will be visits to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum and some of the hidden dress gems across the city such as the Canadian Opera Company wardrobe, the City’s museum collection and Ryerson University Fashion Research Centre, as well as the chance to enjoy something of Toronto’s vibrant contemporary fashion and vintage scenes.

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We hope to organise a brief tour to Montreal and Ottawa after the main meeting. The meeting will overlap in part with Toronto’s wildly successful international film festival TIFF, so we will be working hard to finalize the programme and encouraging people to book their accommodation in good time.  However, the festival will provide an added opportunity for some dress related activity, spotting the red carpet frocks of the gathered stars.


Visit the website to find all the information you need about the meeting.  The website will open on 1 January 2015 and will be updated with information regularly.

Deadline for the submission of papers 30 April 2014

Open for registration May 2014


Image Credits

Home tab image courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum website:

http://www.rom.on.ca/en/activities-programs/events-calendar/big-dream-how-a-dior-dress-came-to-the-rom

All other images sourced from:

Vogue’s Guide to Canada’s Cultural Capital: Toronto”

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