SMOC Honorary Board Members

“An honorary member shall be a person who has been selected by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees for this special category, because of his or her exemplary service to the Society.”

The Board of SMOC is pleased to recognize the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated support and service in ways that have cemented our Society as inclusive, diverse, educational, and representational.

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. 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.

 “History Is My Thing; Fashion Is Just the Medium” Ivan Sayers interview by Ana-Maria Gheorghiu

"Ivan Sayers, Fashion Historian A seasoned collection" Interview by Craig David Long

"We Talk Fashion" an interview with Historian Ivan Sayers
Fashion historian Ivan Sayers has been collecting clothing for more than 50 years and has thousands of pieces dating from the 18th century to the modern day. His next fashion show, Building Fashion: 100 years of Architecture and Attire, is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vancouver’s Heritage Hall. We met him to talk fashion, history, women’s rights, and collecting. — Aileen Lalor 

www.IvanSayersEvents.com - a website with Ivan Sayers schedule of events


Donna Bryman

Donna stood as President for nine years, plus carried on various Chair duties. She has made many personal sacrifices and logged hundreds of hours to ensure the continuity of the Society.  As Past President, Donna continues to volunteer and manage a team of dedicated volunteers in the ‘Collectibles’ room of the Society at Hycroft and organizes the collectibles sales tables at events.