Whenever I meet someone and start talking about vintage clothing, they ask me if I know Ivan Sayers. One of the most memorable highlights of my vintage clothing experiences; was when he gave me a private tour of Panache 2000 fifteen years ago. It was the most beautiful display of vintage and antique dresses that one could ever imagine. Each one of the lavishly elegant dresses chosen for the exhibit, was posed on a white porcelain mannequin, that had been specially ordered. The show was taken on tour, was featured in several major fashion magazines at the time, and won a global designers award. The accolades were well deserved. Ivan Sayers is a life long dedicated fashion historian – with a keen eye for the sublime.
He is thought to have the largest private collection of vintage and antique clothing in Canada. For many years now – he has shared his wealth, and breadth of knowledge and inspiration in vintage and antique clothing. The contribution he has made to Vancouver’s history and culture is immeasurable.
In addition to the various shows and talks he gives, there are classes offered through Simon Fraser University. We are fortunate to have someone who can demonstrate both the tangible and the intangible, the theoretical, and the theatrical – the visuals, the hands on, and the transfer of knowledge. It shows us that the best of our material roots, full of provenance, change, story telling and travel, can be saved and suspended – depicting the talent and richness of each era.