Revisit 60s fashion—Expo 67 style!

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The 1967 World Exhibition celebrates its 50th (happy birthday!).

To mark this anniversary and as part of the festivities surrounding the 375th of Montreal (happy birthday!), the McCord Museum and the NFB have teamed up to suggest you dive into 1960s fashion.

Ready? Off you go! Head to Man and His World – and don’t forget your passport!

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The perfect trendy accessory: your passport for Man and His World! (Photo: ONF/NFB archives)

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Candy colours and pastel shades were the in thing for the hostesses at the Expo 67 Kaleidoscope! (Photo: Government of Canada. Reproduced with permission from Library and Archives Canada (2016)/Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition/e000996021)

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Class and a telescopic beehive make a classic mix. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with permission from Library and Archives Canada/Weekend Magazine Collection)

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The hostesses of the Australian Pavilion in a Star Trek setting. (Photo: National Archives of Australia)

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Rachelle Goyette and Germaine Lafontaine, two hostesses from The Telephone Pavilion, take your call! (Photo: Bell Canada Archives/A-29707- 03)

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Model at the Polymer Pavilion, 1967; sequined combination by Jacqueline Familiant. (Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Familiant)

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Enid Park (married name) models the uniform to be worn by the hostesses of the Expo 67 Telephone Association of Canada Pavilion. Designed by Michel Robichaud. (Photo: Bell Canada Archives/A-29736-05)

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“Mon pays c’est l’hiver” dress by Jacques de Montjoye. (Photo: McCord Museum)

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Expo 67 hostess uniform by Michel Robichaud; gift of Sybilla J. Mansfeldt.(Photo: McCord Museum/M2012.50.1 1-4)

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Paper dress by Eleanor Ellis; caricatures by Robert LaPalme (1967). Gift of The International Ladies Garment Workers Union of Montréal. (Photo: McCord Museum/M2012-20.1.1-4)

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Hostess uniform, Quebec Pavilion (1967) by Serge & Réal. Gift of the Quebec Pavilion. (Photo: McCord Museum/M967.93.1-2)

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Hostesses in front of flags at the Place des Nations. (Photo: Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada/Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition Fund /e000990933

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In front of the large inverted “Katimavik” pyramid of the Canada Pavilion, three hostesses (Danièle Touchette, Jean Murin and Lyse Michaud) proudly wear their uniform! (Photo: Courtesy of Danièle Touchette, 1967)

Want to see more?

  • Drop by The McCord Museum for FASHIONING EXPO 67! Known for its extensive collection of Canadian fashion and costumes, the Museum is currently celebrating the fashion of Expo 67 through a colourful exhibition that will take you back to the exuberant spirit of this era. Discover hostess uniforms from a variety of pavilions, designer clothes from Quebec and products from all sectors of Canadian fashion. Hurry, the exhibition ends on October 1, 2017!
  • In the evening, visit the Place des Arts esplanade in Montreal for  EXPO 67 LIVE, a unique NFB experience that will help you live (or relive) the highlights of the Expo. Karine Lanoie-Brien takes you on a spectacular journey through time on giant screens set up on the exterior walls of the Maison Symphonique and Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Until September 30 only…and it’s free!

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From miniskirts to men’s suits, Expo 67 was a place for all styles! (Photos: Library and Archives Canada and ONF/NFB archives)

How about you? What is your favourite sixties fashion item?