INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion opened at the beginning of February, and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our community partners sponsors that have helped make this exhibition possible.

About the exhibit: INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion presents photo-based images by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers. Using bird specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver-based Stewart explores the role colour, patterning and adornment play in courtship and attraction. We reached out to the local community to help us put on this exhibition, and the Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC) answered our call.

We are so pleased to count SMOC as a silver sponsor. With funding graciously provided by Dr. Yosef Wosk, SMOC is able to promote and bring one of the artists, Ivan Sayers to host three exhibition talks on various fashion-related topics:

ANIMAL MAGNETISM, Attraction through Fashion

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Ivan Sayers explores the role fashion plays in attraction.

FAUNA IN FASHION, the Exploitation of Animals for Beauty

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Ivan Sayers examines the exploitation of animals for beauty in the fashion industry.

HATCHED, MATCHED AND DISPATCHED, the Clothing Rituals of Birth, Marriage and Death

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Ivan Sayers talks about the clothing rituals associated with birth, marriage and death.

Did you know SMOC is home to thousands of artifacts that date from circa 1800 to today? SMOC collects historic fashion, traditional costume, and textiles to create a museum of historic fashion and fabric arts. From glamour and glitz to everyday grit, they recreate the story of how people have adorned themselves in all walks of life for centuries. Visit for more information on their upcoming events, lecture series and how you can get involved.