Throw­back fash­ion

Unique fundraiser for St. Joseph Church and Club So­cial des Iles on Surette’s Is­land


A vin­tage fash­ion show is planned both as a fundraiser and to cel­e­bra­tion Canada 150.

This event has style. Com­bine a pas­sion­ate com­mit­tee and a com­mu­nity that’s will­ing to dig deep into their clos­ets and pock­ets, with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for vin­tage fash­ions, and what do you get?

The Re­mem­ber When Vin­tage Fash­ion Show an­swers all of the above, in ad­di­tion to serv­ing as a cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day.

The event will take place Satur­day, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. and Sun­day, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Club So­cial des Iles on Surette’s Is­land.

The shows are fundrais­ers for the club and St. Joseph Church and in­cor­po­rate sto­ries and fash­ions rem­i­nis­cent of “time­less mem­o­ries.”

A sim­i­lar show fea­tur­ing bridal fash­ions was held in 2014. It tied in with the open­ing of the new In­dian Sluice Bridge and proved to be such a hit, there was a clam­our for a re­peat. Even the loss of power from the pas­sage of trop­i­cal storm Arthur couldn’t stop the show.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Patsy Surette says the sto­ries pre­sented dur­ing the event made peo­ple laugh, cry and re­mem­ber happy times in their fam­i­lies’ lives.

“Peo­ple asked if we could do it again, how­ever, it was im­pos­si­ble to get all these busy in­di­vid­u­als to­gether again,” she said. But she didn’t let go of the idea. “I knew that at some point, I would gather these com­mit­tee mem­bers again and would be do­ing some­thing like this again and here we are once again three years later.”

This year’s show will also be up­beat with a few en­ter­tain­ing sur­prises, she says.

Fash­ions from the 1870s to the 1970s will be high­lighted.

Dur­ing prepa­ra­tions for the 2014 show, the mod­els of­ten found dress re­hearsals an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Two sis­ters were able to wear their pa­ter­nal/ ma­ter­nal grand­moth­ers’ dresses along with their moth­ers’ and many of their aunts’ dresses. “For the mod­els, this was sen­ti­men­tal and also a priv­i­lege to wear these dresses. It made it more per­sonal and touch­ing,” said Surette.

A 1924 wed­ding dress with a go­ing-away out­fit was do­nated from a lady in Ply­mouth.

Mod­els com­mented on how pe­tite many of the older dresses were, as some re­quired some squeez­ing to fit. There were no fast-food out­lets in those days.

“The dresses were also very prickly as there was lots of stiff lace and crino­line and they could not imag­ine wear­ing that all day,” said Surette.

“The out­fits are all amaz­ing and when you add the ac­ces­sories, you would swear you are look­ing at a per­son that is com­ing right out of that era.”

The Re­mem­ber When Vin­tage Fash­ion Show com­mit­tee for Sept. 16 and 17 at the Club So­cial des Iles.


Jen­nifer Surette mod­els a 1940s out­fit.


Falon Doucette mod­els a 1920s out­fit.


Minya Surette waves hello.


Corey Clamp, pres­i­dent of Club So­cial des Iles and the bridge com­mit­tee, with Patsy Surette, Denise LeBlanc and Juli­ette Landry dur­ing the 2014 bridal fash­ion show at Club So­cial des Iles.

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