Welcome to the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive

 I am the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum, a unique travelling museum whose “working hats” have raised funds for diverse causes, from homeless teens in rural Ontario, to cancer research and diagnostic equipment, to a women’s and children’s shelter in Israel. My use of hats, shoes, and bridal gowns as cultural story blocks to prompt the telling of tales, myths, and legends transforms audience members into folklore informants, eager to share their own reminiscences.

 

My passion is to take material history out of the archives and into the community, presenting it in new and exciting ways.

   

 As a vintage costume historian I have appeared on Canada A.M., CBC Morning, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Ontario Today, CH Morning Live, Breakfast Television, Canadian Living Television, This Morning Live, Main Street, CKCO, The Source, and Neighbour to Neighbour. Over the years, I have been featured in numerous print media, and have been recruited as a keynote speaker on the subject of textile and fashion history.

 

Services 

Exhibits

Installations

Fashion Shows

Speaking Engagements

Books

Ask how I can bring fashion history to you.

NORMA SHEPHARD

HATS IN MIND

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