Ivan Sayers

Ivan Sayers is a fashion historian who specializes in the study of women’s, men’s, and children’s fashions from 1650 to the present. He graduated from UBC in 1969 with a BA in Classical studies. A long-time resident of Vancouver, he worked at the Vancouver Museum from 1970 to 1990, and was its Curator of History from 1976 to 1990.

Sayers has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of historic clothing in private hands in Canada. He has produced fashion shows, lectures, and exhibitions all over western and central North America. He commonly jokes that his collection is so vast, he sleeps in the dining-room of his three-bedroom home.

Previously taught:

  • Beyond Downton Abbey Series   AHCP177
  • Dressing Amazons: A History of Women in Trousers, 1700-2000 (55+)   SCFC755
  • Dressing It Up, Dressing It Down: A History of Women's Fashion Accessories 1700-2000 (55+)   PLUS210
  • Fashion and Multiculturalism, 1700-2000 (55+)   SCFC855
  • Fashion’s Olio Folio: A History of Women’s Small Chic Accessories, 1770–1970 (55+)   SCFC652
  • From Dandies to Dudes: A History of Men's Fashionable Clothing, 1700-2000 (55+)   SCFC771
  • From Pop to Punk: Women’s Fashions, 1700–2000 (55+)   SCFC817
  • From Rationing to Ravishing: Women’s Clothing from 1939 to 1959 (55+)   SCFC873
  • Heel-to-Toe and Away We Go: A History of Shoes in the 19th and 20th Centuries (55+)   SCFC578
  • Jewellery True and False: 1750–2010 (55+)   SCFC694
  • Le Chapeau: The Fashionable Woman's Hat (1700-2000) (55+)   SCFC609
  • Revisiting the 1960s—Bouffants, Miniskirts and Tie-Dyes: Fashion in the 1960s   AHCP271
  • Unmentionables: Men’s and Women’s Underclothing 1700–2000 (55+)   PLUS134
  • War and Peace and Fashion: Women’s Clothing, 1939–1959 (55+)   SCFC724
  • Women at Work: 300 Years of Occupational Costume (55+)   SCFC930
  • Women's Fashionable Dress in the 19th Century: From Neoclassicism to Art Nouveau (55+)   SCFC547
  • Women's Fashionable Dress in the 20th Century: From Classical Revival to Modernity (55+)   SCFC549

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