Out in theatres this weekend, Born to be Blue is getting good buzz and great reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed having Anne Dixon pull from us – her choices are interesting and thoughtful, and we are always eager to see how it all gets put together. It’s always an honour to be able to help her. We can’t wait to play “Spot IDC’s Clothing” when we see the movie!
For those of you who love Ian, but not enough to wake up at 6 am to catch him on Breakfast Television, we have this clip for you! It’s also nice to see our friends Jonathan Walford from the Fashion History Museum (Ian’s on the Advisory Board) and Cindy from Luxe Touch in the clip too, all together giving viewers (and Frankie Flowers) the idea that there’s a LOT to look forward to at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show.
And what a nice conversation Ian and Mary Ito had about the work it takes to “tell a story without shouting” when costuming a movie!
Listen here to Ian and Mary Ito having a conversation on CBC’s Fresh Air about what a difference costuming can make in a movie.
Ian Drummond and Mary Ito of CBC’s Fresh Air stand with two wardrobe outfits worn in Dark Shadows and Bomb Girls
They covered the myriad choices and decisions to be made; the buying, the building and the breaking down — and best of all, Ian’s specialty: Having a vast quantity and untold choices of genuine period clothing available to wardrobe designers around the world.
Be it glamour gal outfits for Michelle Pfeiffer in Dark Shadows, or war-era day wear for Bomb Girls, there are choices upon choices in this amazing 10,000 square foot studio is right here in Toronto, holding thousands and thousands of pieces of vintage clothing for locally-filmed movies from years ago like “Chicago,” “Hairspray (2007)” and “Cinderella Man,” and for current Oscar Winners like “Spotlight” and “Room” – not to mention for great things on the horizon such as “Suicide Squad” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Ian Drummond Collection often provides wardrobe for flashback scenes in movie and tv shows (lately, 11-22-63 and Fargo), and has an quality children’s vintage clothing selection – a real rarity!
When Ian talks about how great it is to find a dress that that’s been worn, patched, frayed, faded and not faked – it can look something like this:
These are the items that when Ian is looking through Estates for gorgeous, high-end clothing for movie and television production that’s he’s just as happy, if not happier to find.
And as he mentioned in his segment, what can’t be used for the rental stock and what might need to move along ends up at fantastic vintage clothing shows, such as this coming weekend’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and Toronto Antique & Vintage Market.
Make sure to sign up for a discount coupon and email reminder – because you don’t want to miss this event!
March 5 & 6, 2016
Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm
Admission $10 (cash only)
Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place
180 Princes’ Blvd. (just west of BMO Field)
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Ian Drummond Collection isn’t doing as many flea markets/antique shows/events these days – we’re too busy with film work, and that’s as it should be!
While we do have our three big shows to look forward to, the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show, the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show and the Spring Christie Antique Show, we need to keep things moving. So we’ve taken a space at the Arts Market on College, and there’s always ETSY.
Booze and peruse the Gladstone Hotel’s BOOZAAR Vintage Night Market. Hunt through heaps of vintage/ retro/ repro clothing, accessories, antique and vinyl whilst grooving to DJ tunes and boozing with the thriftiest vintage collectors in the city.
Live Music from Bossa Tres 6-9PM
Psychedelic Dj Set by the mysterious DYLAN THOMPSON 9-11PM
ALL VINTAGE, ALL NIGHT
~ 7-11pm in the ballroom ~
Special vintage cocktails to be had.
Drinking and dancing will be encouraged.
Spilling on clothing, either yours or the vendors is NOT encouraged – but we’re big fans of those who like to booze and peruse — they make the most fun purchases. We’ll bring some great choices that you won’t regret in the morning.
The Ian Drummond Collection Inc. is always looking to add to our rental stock for film, television and commercial work.
Collections such as this are built over time. It can happen piece by piece or the purchase of entire estates.
Ian shops vintage and antique shows, auctions, estates and referrals. He works with home organizers—please consider him if you are downsizing.
To get started, feel free to give us a call or fill out the form below and allow us to get back to you.
What is helpful:
Simply put is fine: 5 coats, 7 dresses, 3 sweaters, from 1930s-1960s, 20 fashion magazines from the 1950s,
Waist size in inches is the most helpful measurement for women’s clothing; Chest size and inseam for men. Shoe sizes are also helpful.
If pictures can be provided, they’re helpful. Even a quick snap of the clothing hanging in the closet is useful information for us.
Ian will still need to view the items in person. We will do our best to get in touch with you as soon as possible, and if there’s interest, will make arrangements to meet to examine the items and discuss their sale.
Ian prefers to purchase items outright – we do not operate on a consignment basis.
The collection is comprised of 20th century men’s’ women’s and children’s wardrobe items, from underwear to outerwear. It includes accessories such as hats, shoes, purses, jewelry, gloves – really, any accoutrements that can be worn or carried, or that can dress a closet. Surprisingly, those broken-down coveralls in the garage or grandma’s faded housedress can be just as desirable as party dresses and office wear.
Not every item needs to be pristine – we outfit “characters” as well, or have samples of certain items available for patterns or for set decoration. Beyond wardrobe items, Ian has a penchant for fine vintage heirloom linens and textiles, beautiful hatboxes, and vintage sewing notions and patterns.
You’re invited to present us with anything you think might fall under our umbrella. Our buying needs vary depending on what is filming; what needs replacing; what’s currently stylish etc. Please note that we concentrate our buying in the period before the 1970s, and in the 80s and 90s our needs are more specific.
Our sources are often surprised by what is of interest to us. So, try us. As Ian often says, “I need to see everything. Let me decide.”
If you were following us on Instagram, you’d have gotten this news sooner! In Instagram speak:
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We needed a space to spread out a bit, between shows and beyond the studio, and the Arts Market at 846 College welcomed us.
At the Arts Market (read about it at BlogTO) we’ll be bringing stock that doesn’t come to shows like the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show (and the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, and Christie Antique Show…and… and…) or at our Etsy shop Ian Drummond Vintage.
We’re looking forward to many opportunities to let go of the great things we find that come along with the entire estates we buy, that don’t work for movies, or that just need to be worn and enjoyed rather than languishing in our very full stock rental racks.
The Arts Market provides space, staff, great hours, a dressing room, and accepts every form of payment. It’s near other great shops, and we’ll have great vendors for neighbours. There are even opportunities for special events and sales. It’s a win/win for all of us!
See you there sometime?
We’re fans of pretty footwear as much as anyone, but some “float our boat” more than others. Gainsborough shoes, as described in a post by Jonathan Walford of the Fashion History Museum (Ian is on the Advisory Board) are in a league of their own, and were designed to be. Jonathan kindly references a link from a reader, where he found that
Jack Rimler was the creator and designer of Gainsborough shoes. The shop apparently had a leopard decorated salon, and his shoes started at around $37.50 – not inexpensive. The writer asked Rimler if he thought his shoes were in good taste – to which Rimler said he considered himself one of the few who had dared to give a ‘new look’ to shoe fashions and that many of today’s better shoe salons were lacking fashion foresight. In his opinion, his shoes were as much a part of the high fashion scene as Christian Dior. “I do not create for the housewife, the rural country club woman nor the average woman who boasts only one pair of dress shoes.” The article then takes a bizarre turn regarding the morals of the women who wear his shoes – I think that’s 1949 for ‘your shoes look like they were made for a hooker’ which Rimler refuses to discuss. The writer of the article concludes that although his shoes may not be in the best of taste, that they are beautifully made of the finest materials.
And so it’s nice to have these in our hands even for just a little while, as they’re listed in our Etsy shop – and we’ve just found a few more pretty pairs that are soon to be decommissioned from movie wardrobe rental stock to join them there.
Ian can’t go back in time to buy things, but the next best thing is finding a time capsule. Thank goodness for collectors who found good stock years ago, bought the best they could, maintained it well, and who are now happy for it to have a chance at stardom with us.
Look for images of these items to come in our galleries and social media outlets.