Historian Joseph Hisey and scholarship fundraising committee members Jean Hillen, Connie Stewart and Ann Reynolds.

This year, the Fund Development Committee is thrilled to present Joseph Hisey speaking on “Truly Fashionable: Art and Dress from 1500 to 1914”. There will be 4 illustrated sessions, one each Friday in November, i.e. November 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Griffith Auditorium of Spruce Lodge, 643 West Gore St. Stratford. Please join Joseph Hisey on a unique journey as he delves into the private and public fashion aspirations of men and women in society over the past 400 years. His topics are:

Humanism: Symbols and Meanings in Dress, 1500-1650 

Enlightened Dress: Splendor in the Glass, 1660-1780 

Vive la Difference: Revolution in Dress, 1790-1850 

The Empire Strikes Back: Consumerism, Exoticism and Dress, 1850-1914 

The cost for a series ticket is $50. Single tickets are available at the door for $15 cash. All proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund. Tickets are on sale at Blowes Stationary, from the Executive or call 519 271-7903, 519 272-5032, 519 273-7727.


Joseph has recently retired to Stratford from a career in teaching in the School of Animation, Art and Design at the Sheridan Institute of Design and Technology. As a Past Chair of the Costume Society of Ontario, and contributing correspondent for the Canadian Antique Collectors Association, he has been able to indulge his passion for study, writing and travel. In his free time, he enjoys working in his studio, indulging his creative side in the fibre arts and costuming.

In October 2013 Joseph has plans to lead another costume and textile tour to the U.K.