SMOC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 with the purpose of building, preserving, and studying a world-class collection of historical fashion, traditional costumes, and textiles.


Intimate Things:
Undergarments from the private collection of Melanie Talkington from Lace Embrace Atelier.

The ultimate goal of SMOC is to house and display this collection in a permanent museum of historic fashion and fabric arts for residents of and visitors to the city of Vancouver. We're home to thousands of artifacts that date from circa 1800 to today.

From glamour and glitz to everyday grit, we recreate the story of how people have adorned themselves in all walks of life for centuries. 

Since its inception, SMOC has produced essential, entertaining, educational programs on costume and fashion history. All programs and events are open to the public.  

Donations are gratefully accepted. Tax receipts will be issued for donations greater than $50.00
Please address any cheques to the BC Society for the Museum of Original Costume


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Past SMOC Events - Some beautiful Poster Art from Past Events