Art meets Fashion at Oakville Museum

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Art meets Fashion at Oakville Museum
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Carolyn Cross

Carolyn Cross

Carolyn Cross is the Curator of Collections for the town of Oakville Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from McGill University and earned her Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University. Carolyn became the Curator in 2007.

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What do Pierre Trudeau, Elizabeth Taylor and The Beatles have in common? They are all featured in Oakville’s newest Art and Fashion exhibition that will take visitors on a 250-year journey through the world of paintings and couture.

This exhibit explores the relationship between fashion and the art of its time and we’re very excited to showcase nine of our most exquisite gowns paired with nine unique artistic movements.

The exhibit begins with a 1766 French court style gown featuring lace, silk and embroidery paired with the Rococo art that reflects the desire for luxury and excess which came to a halt with the French Revolution.

From there the exhibit proceeds to cover most of the major art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries including the Impressionists and Expressionists before reaching a Pop Art finale highlighting iconic artifacts from the 1960s. A Pierre Trudeau paper dress is displayed with a copy of Andy Warhol’s Silver Liz and the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles.


In 1968, a journalist said that electing Pierre Trudeau was like voting for a Beatle because he was so popular so we had to put these pieces together. It really is a fun exhibit and you don’t have to be an art historian or a fashion devotee to enjoy it.

The Art and Fashion exhibition runs from May 27, 2016 to June 18, 2017 at the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, 8 Navy Street, in downtown Oakville. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.


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