Fashionably Bowen: Island Style

This summer the Bowen Island Museum & Archives is getting fashionable with a new exhibit Fashionably Bowen: Island Style opening June 24. With this exhibit we attempt to answer the question, “do Bowen Islanders have a unique style?”

Bowen Island lifestyle lays in-between the city rush and the island calm. Bowen Islanders dress for work and play, for leisure activities and formal events, always maintaining a “Bowen flair” with every ensemble.

Bathing Beauty with Parasol, ca. 1920.

On display will be items that represent Bowen’s lifestyle and community, such as the Edwardian wedding dress of 1983 Citizen of the Year, Lulu Renwick, alongside a wool bathing suit commonly worn in the 1940s.

We will also feature items from present-day Bowen fashion icons such as Angie McCulloch’s special occasion straw hat, Kami Kanetsuka’s Nepal coat, and Sam Knowles leopard faux fur coat.

Stop by for our combined AGM and Opening Reception on June 24 complete with live music and refreshments. The day will kick off with the AGM from 1-2pm followed by the reception from 2-4pm. And stay tuned for more fun and informative events throughout the summer.

Summer 2018 Museum Events Schedule:

  • “Waisted Efforts” Talk and Presentation with Ivan Sayers. June 30 from 7-8pm in the Cove Commons Annex.
  • Video Series 1: “The Big Idea” Store Fashion Show, 1989. Viewing party July 6, 7-9pm.
  • Video Series 2: Fashion Show in the Royal Canadian Legion, 1982. Viewing party July 27, 7-9pm.
  • Guided tours of the museum. Every Saturday from 1-2pm.

“The Big Idea” Store Fashion Show, 1989.

Get dressed up in your favourite Bowen attire and come to see how we’ve stitched together the vibrant fashion history of our community.