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Vancouver offers visitors fashion trends and distillery tours

VANCOUVER – The Museum of Vancouver is planning to spotlight fashion trends of the 1940s and ’50s in an exhibition opening next month. While there’s a thriving craft distillery scene in and around Vancouver, which is being helped by recent changes to B.C. liquor regulations.

“From Rationing to Ravishing” will feature more than 80 historic garments and accessories, including Vancouver-made clothing and fashions from European couturiers such as Dior, Balenciaga and Schiaparelli, the Museum of Vancouver says.

Wartime wedding dresses and Boeing Vancouver overalls will be accompanied by Hollywood star Lauren Bacall’s shoes, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac’s dress suit and a suit from Miss Germany 1955.

The show is being created for the museum by guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, who will provide many of the exhibits from their own private collections. Sayers and Jahnke also developed the museum’s 2012 “Art Deco Chic” exhibition.


Elsewhere, thirsty visitors have plenty of options on the thriving distillery scene. Some highlights suggested on Tourism Vancouver’s Inside Vancouver blog:

– Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, scenically located in North Vancouver: Offerings, some of them limited edition, include a rosemary and olive gin, a French-style absinthe and an espresso vodka. Visitors mingle with staff in the tasting room. Unit 170 – 2270 Dollarton Hwy.,

– The Liberty Distillery, Vancouver: Spirits made from 100 per
cent B.C. grain are distilled on site in handmade copper stills.
Tours offered on weekends. 1494 Old Bridge St.,

– Long Table Distillery, Vancouver: Small-batch processing of gins, vodkas and seasonal spirits with local ingredients. Events include gin and tonic Fridays. Spirits are seasoned with everything from cucumbers to botanical blends. 1451 Hornby St.,

– Odd Society Spirits, Vancouver: Recently launched in East Vancouver. Customers can sample cocktails and buy bottles of whisky, vodka and gin. 1725 Powell St.,

– Sons of Vancouver, North Vancouver: Set to open this fall, the
distillery recently took part in the annual BC Distilled exhibition,
serving up a spicy chili vodka. 1431 Crown St.,