Dugald Ladies Fashion Review

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The first Fashion Review took place on 3rd June, 1953 as a project of the Dugald Women's Institute as a Rally Entertainment presented to their Sister Institute. By 1955/56 shows were booked two years ahead with a show nearly every week during the winter. These 'fashion reviews' became tremendously popular, requiring an almost full-time commitment by fashion review members and it was decided to create the Dugald Ladies Fashion Review as a completely separate entity in 1959. The new group was called the Dugald Ladies Fashion Review. Members contributed their share of Fashion Review proceeds to their church or another charity of their choice. About one half of the Fashion Review members continued to be members of the Women's Institute. Many people who enjoyed the review were moved to donate clothing and accessories for what they saw as a useful and entertaining purpose and it soon became apparent that a collection of some significance was being created. Members of the Fashion Review decided to move to incorporate their collection of historic costumes in March of 1977 and to secure charitable status in anticipation of construction of a storage space to house the their collection. From that point on the proceeds of the Fashion Review presentations were designated towards the support of the museum project. Initially officers of the Dugald Ladies Fashion Review included a Director, Corresponding Secretary/ Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Commentator. The Commentator for many years was Edna Holland, with Winnifred Van Slyck serving as Coordinator. Pianists included Dorothy Norman, Arleen Christopherson and Dorothy Lowe.

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