Vancouver Style

Vancouver Style

What we could do
Creative ideas to increase the contribution to creating community
Who could have an interest
What we can do
What this would do
Premium ticket price to MOV exhibition
Relocate the exhibition to a heritage building willing to host

Ideas for creative conversation to create connections and community around opportunities for creative community enterprise

Arts for Social Change

Vancouver Fashion Community – Vancouver Choral Community

The clothes that make the woman

True Value Vintage


Our shop is currently located in partnership with the I Found Gallery on 29th and Main Street, Vancouver, BC Canada. We previously owned an underground shop on the Downtown Vancouver corner of Robson and Granville which was in operation for 16 years. Having been in business and collecting vintage for about 20 years we’ve amassed a wide selection of vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry! We love quirky and unique pieces and are passionate about all items with a history (however small)!

Visit our sister shop I Found Gallery on Etsy for more vintage treasures:
Fashion is like life. It all has to change. It must evolve. But what remains the same is my simple mission: Always be proud of who you are and where you come from.
Dorothy Grant
Fashion designer and traditional Haida artist
Everything can be stylish depending on how you wear it!

Front and Company – Changes
Style is what it means to be an artist.
Money can’t buy style
The aging are an important demographic
Turning our idea of aging around our creativity
You are never too old to be creative
There is no time limit to anything. When you look good you look good
I am dressed up for the theatre of my life everyday
I never wanted to look young. I wanted to look great.
I think good style improves the environment for everybody
How do we continue to live a creative full life?
It is not about fashion. It is the attitude that style is healing. Because it is about personal creativity.

New York is such a healthy city because we are out on the street more than in the cars where we enjoy our experiences with our community, being part of our community and being part of the life of our community, where we can involve one another in a creative experience and create our experience of our community.

A museum is where we go to experience our heritage, – how we got here. Stories, images, exhibits, and film are all experiences.

Age is a state of mind

Prompted by Ari Seth Cohen’s wildly popular blog (itself indebted to Bill Cunningham’s guerrilla fashion photography), Lina Plioplyte’s rousing documentary profiles a handful of New York women—aged “between 50 and death”—whose flamboyant approaches to style and glamour reflect their inextinguishable vitality. These women—who include a portraitist who once painted Ayn Rand and one of the Apollo Theatre’s original dancers—all possess screen presence to spare, as well as carefully curated wardrobes that will leave fashionistas both envious and inspired to bring a little more creativity and personality to their own ensembles. New Yorkers through and through, Plioplyte’s subjects don’t plan on going out without a well-accessorized fight.

“Acting one’s age has never been an issue for the seven stylish women featured in this delightful film… All go for bold and original contrasts in colour, texture and form. A few speak about dressing as an art, with the body as an ‘armature’ for a composition whose inherent logic may lead to eccentric results… These confident women care less about what comes off the runways—‘money has nothing to do with style,’ says one—than with what can be assembled from thrift-shop finds, home-made items and imagination. They reject the youth-culture diktat that age makes you invisible, and offer us all an example of self-acceptance.” Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail

“Inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog by the same name, “Advanced Style” is a love letter to older women who’ve elevated dressing to an art form.” Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

“The way the women occupy Cohen and Plioplyte’s spotlight is a lesson in aging well, a lesson that begins with the refusal to play by the rule that says to grow older, especially for women, is to fade into the shadows.” Sherri Linden, LA Times

“These women are living life to the fullest – and they are inviting us to do the same.” David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Our interests
Leveraging the contribution of the exhibition to our community and leveraging our community with why we must come to experience the exhibition
Looking at the exhibition from the point of view of the community and different communities of common interest and common enterprise
The conversation created by how people react to what we are showing and what they experience and how it contributes to their learning and creative experience and creative enterprise
We learn to expand our point of view

Exhibitions are about story telling. Context is crucial for a story. Why and what we know is the context.

From Rationing to Ravishing:
The Transformation of Women’s Clothing
in the 1940s and 1950s

From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned. Then, in the 1950s, girlishness became the rage.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke̶—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 garments. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

This exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts. It will include features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to virtually try on period garments.

Thanks to our Major Sponsors and Institutional Funders:


Arm & a Leg: Mannequins for Hire

Homes & Living Magazine

The Georgia Straight

Vancouver is Awesome

City of Vancouver

Arts Council of BC

The Province of British Columbia

Vancouver fashion week


Vancouver design community

Heritage experiences

Chinese Seniors Outreach

Exploring possibilities for our community
Creating opportunities to explore the creative experience

Aboriginal Mothers Centre

My Sister’s Closet

My Sister’s Closet, Fashion Forward to End Violence

My Sister’s Closet, Fashion Forward to End Violence against women and girls

We are women social entrepreneurs through the marketing of our skill-based feminist counseling training program since the 1990s and with the opening of the My Sister’s Closet Thrift Boutique in 2001. We have grown to fully realize our potential as successful social businesswomen.

As advocates of zero waste, eco-fashion and the thrift movement, we enable women, men and children to access beautiful new and second-hand clothing. Revenue generated from the sales of clothing help fund violence prevention and intervention services operated by Battered Women’s Support Services which support over 10,000 women every year.

One of the many ways we meet the needs of women in our community is through social enterprise. This includes our Retail Program and thrift boutique, My Sister’s Closet.

My Sister’s Closet is a community boutique where we are offering diversity in fashion to our shoppers with exceptional service from over 40 volunteer women. Our little boutique is a space for community to come together to end violence against women and girls.

My Sister’s Closet was founded on the principle of seeking freedom from the whims of government to end violence against women. In the past year alone, 10,000 women have accessed services at BWSS.

In addition, clothing is donated out to organizations serving women and men in need of free clothing such as the YWCA Single Moms housing, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, DTES Women’s Centre, and to BWSS Safety & Outreach Program in the DTES.

Supporting Vancouver Woman Artisans

My Sister’s Closet supports local women artisans by giving them retail space and promoting their work. This contributes to their financial independence and growth of artistic expression.

Safe & Welcoming Space for Community

Our boutique is also about providing a safe and welcoming space for community to engage with us and/or join our efforts in ending violence against women and girls. Information on our programs and services at BWSS, how you can support our ending violence work, and collaborating in events and fundraiser events are available at My Sister’s Closet. – Film
Community Thrift & Vintage is a social enterprise in Gastown, the heart of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (DTES) selling hand picked thrift & vintage clothing in a warm & dynamic environment. Our aim is to inspire positive transformation through fashion. We accomplish this by having the best selection of hand-picked second-hand clothing at the best price, by employing women with barriers to traditional employment & giving them valuable job skills during a transitional period in their lives & then by donating all profits back into the community through key programs of the PHS Community Services Society. Opened in 2011, our founder, Jenni Nelson, recruited a talented staff that collectively has over 25 years experience in the rag trade to pick, grade & service the products we bring to you. We love what we do and we hope that shows.

We have 2 locations in Gastown. The Mens & Unisex store is located at 41 West Cordova Street & the Frock Shoppe for ladies at 311 Carrall Street. Both within a block of each other.

With fashion changing faster than a South American government, it can get pretty pricey for young and hip Vancouverites to stay on top of the trends. But with brand named stores rife with faux “pre-worn” clothes, jeans with artificial holes and weathered finishes, faded band t-shirts for acts that never existed, and “authentic vintage shades,” more and more people are heading to the second-hand shops to find their next fashion treasure.

In the interest of giving you a leg up on how to join the ranks of the stylish elite, here are The Vancouver Observer’s list of the top 10 ten vintage stores in Vancouver.

The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts is a community created enterprise designed to provide opportunities for the marginalized and vulnerable residents of the downtown eastside neighbourhood to experience art in a safe and supportive setting to contribute to their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Our enterprise is based on our understanding and appreciation of how the creative experience of the arts contributes to our healing, to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and to our ability to connect with ourselves and with others in the community no matter what our life experience has been.

Our interest is to demonstrate what we can do and how we can do things to encourage those less fortunate to become more involved in their daily living through the arts.

The downtown eastside’s isolated citizens, from seniors to young people mired in poverty and marginalization, are increasing at an alarming rate. Whether from a childhood experience and trauma or an adult crisis, one of the fundamental concerns for community residents is they cannot speak for themselves. Art gives individuals, and groups, the freedom and ability to express themselves in a gentle and fearless way.

The downtown eastside community is full of possibilities for human potential and opportunities for creative contribution to our community

Our opportunity as a community is to create warm, welcoming, and supportive spaces in the neighbourhood for people living with homelessness, addiction, isolation, or health issues to experience art, to participate in the creative experience, to contribute to the creative experience of others and the creative expression of our community.

Consistency is very important for those who are working to make changes in their lives
All of our arts programs end with a result, a tangible contribution to the community, an exhibit, a performance, or a gathering, and a tangible evidence of accomplishment that instills pride and confidence in the creative expression, experience, expression, and contribution of the artists participating in the workshops, and demonstrated evidence of the benefits of the contribution made by members of the Downtown eastside Centre for the Arts community and the community we are part of and contributing to.

We are creating opportunities for people interested in contributing to our creative enterprise with ideas about what we can do and what could contribute to increasing our creative resources, to increasing the contributors to our enterprise, and increasing our contribution to the people in our community who could benefit from having opportunities to explore the creative experience and contributing to the health and well-being of our community.
People with specific expertise to contribute.

Arts studies programs to an accredited level for those who wish to pursue further artistic studies.

The frame of mind of contributors of facilities and programs needs to be coincident with the why of our enterprise, – to help people change their lives. Consistency in approach, continuity in the program. An outcome. We need to give people the ability to progress.

Integrity tols that incorporate respect and understanding and principles of living

The community is diverse culturally, socially, demographically different with first nations people

In the social service world, programs are conditional and terminal. In the world of the Downtown eastside Centre for the Arts, programs are accessible and open for everyone

We are creating a bridge between community artists and their opportunity to increase their potential

We have a large community of seniors who are having a difficult time.

Dalannah Bowen

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Who We Are

Atira Women’s Resource Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct service, as well as working to increase awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children.

Atira provides housing, advocacy and support to any woman who lives full time and identifies as a woman and meets our organizations mandate. We strive to make our services more accessible to Transgendered, Queer, Two-Spirit, and Intersexed women in need of our services through education and information. Atira recognizes the barriers and stigmatization faced by women who do not fit into society’s gender binary system and the violence, poverty and discrimination they encounter as a result.

Angela Marie MacDougall
Executive Director |
P.O. Box 21503, 1424 Commercial Drive Vancouver BC V5L 5GH
Direct Line: 604-687-1613
Mobile: 604-808-0507
Crisis Line (604) 687-1867 Toll free 1-855-687-1868