Costume Museum of Canada

Celebrating fashion, culture and history

The costume we wear each day is influenced by climate, occupation, economic factors, societal role, religion, the task at hand, age, gender and the time in which we live.

Our museum seeks to preserve and exhibit the costumes worn by the people of Canada over the decades.

What's Happening

The Short Lived Trend of the Paper Dress!

Trendy and fashionable, but for only a few years, the paper dress took the world by storm from 1966 until the early 1970s.
Everyone from Andy Warhol to the Campbell Soup company were in on the action. These dresses marked at disposable pieces of pop-art clothing were found in all shorts of colours and prints. Most frequently in a simple over-the-head, A-line shape.

Come down to our Museum to few our collection of these fascinating dresses. While they may not have been made to last forever, they were certainly groovy while they lasted.

Museum Hours : Tuesday and Thursdays 1-4pm and Saturday by appointment only.

Coming Soon :

Doors Open is back! The Costume Museum will be showcasing our new exhibit 'Made in the Exchange : Over a Centry of Cloaks, Clothes, and Accoutrements'.

Doors Open will be on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 11-5pm.

We will be showing the exhibit on the ground floor of 70 Arthur. We look forward to seeing you there!