Old Loves

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No need to visit a mu­seum to ooh and aah over rare haute cou­ture. Four fa­mous gowns have taken up res­i­dence in the lobby of Toronto’s Shangri-La Ho­tel. The dresses, which are housed in cus­tom il­lu­mi­nated vit­rines, were ac­quired from Lon­don-based bou­tique Wil­liam Vin­tage. There’s a YSL num­ber from 1983 (it’s one of only three ever made; the oth­ers are at the YSL ar­chives in Paris and the Met in New York), an em­bel­lished Bob Mackie cre­ation (worn by Sharon Stone in the film Casino) and a dress made of layer upon layer of ma­genta pleats by cou­turier, and Dior con­tem­po­rary, Roberto Ca­pucci. Speak­ing of Dior, the fi­nal piece is a Chris­tian Dior cock­tail dress from 1958, made of 42 satin bows and de­signed by a then 21-year-old Yves Saint Lau­rent. “I like to say that this is the only place in the world where you can have a mar­tini and cheese­burger while you ad­mire cou­ture,” says Wil­liam Banks-Blaney, founder of Wil­liam Vin­tage, of the Shangri-La lobby. New dresses will pe­ri­od­i­cally make their way into the dis­play cases, and an­other in­stal­la­tion is set for Van­cou­ver’s Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim Ho­tel later this year. Book a stay, or sim­ply pop in for a drink to get a look.

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