All posts by Marla Good

Character Shoes

We do love our “character” items here at Ian Drummond Collection.


"Character" boots - Vintage Children's lace-up ankle boots available for rental from Ian Drummond Collection
“Character” boots – Vintage Children’s lace-up ankle boots available for rental from Ian Drummond Collection

These vintage children’s lace-up ankle boots are one of the many pairs we have in stock, though there are few in this particular size.

That’s why we wanted to document these in their tattered glory. They’ll likely be polished up a little in the production they went out to this past Friday, and it’ll take them a few more rentals to get back to being perfectly broken down again. But that’s the nature of what we call our “living” collection! Our items, while vintage and valuable  because of how they work for us, more than for their worth in the world of antiques, are worn and altered and adjusted to make them work for the production they’ve been rented for.

When Ian shops clothing shows and vintage stores and flea markets, and estates these are the things he looks to buy, as much as evening gowns and fabulous hats and luxurious furs!

Spotlight on Wardrobe


At Ian Drummond Collection, we’re always interested in catching items we rent in action on the screen.

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We have a different perspective when watching though – we know that wardrobe is a form of communication, and can hardly relax for our constant inner observations and analysis.


This weekend, the movie Spotlight hits theatres, and we provided a good deal of 1970s clothing for the flashbacks. Nothing speaks of the period quite like tan and brown acrylic sweaters, right?


But today, hearing all the great publicity it’s getting and being old enough to remember the story as it broke, we took a minute to pull our sweater that we glimpsed in the trailer.  All we can think upon having a closer look at it was:  That’s a 26″ chest. Those children whose stories are being told were so small and young.


Good work, movie makers. Thank you, Wardrobe Department.

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – This Weekend!

Vintage 1970s Harridge's London Sweater
Vintage 1970s Harridge’s London Sweater

This weekend Ian is at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show! It should be one amazing day – and he promised when he spoke with Alan Neal of CBC Ottawa Radio’s All in a Day, he’s bringing the items pictured here.

But that’s not because they’re the best, most expensive, or most desirable labels we have – it’s because what we do well at shows such as this is to have wearable items that are relevant to contemporary fashion. These items reference the Fall 2015 Collections from Balmain for H&M, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten among others.

Victorian and Gothic-inspired items have a dark allure for those who live in winter cities – these items just need fashion-savvy people to make them their own.

Catching trends on the upswing is easy with vintage – this winter you can wear things on the cutting edge of yesteryear, that are somehow fresh again. Keep them for another 20 years, and you can hit the fashion cycle in its Influential stage again!

We’ll also have classic items from every decade from the past 100 years – all wearable, stylish (not just fashionable) and in the best condition one could hope to find them in.

Please do come to see us at the show!

Ian Drummond Collection Bill Blass Dress Ian Drummond Collection Chinese Silk Robe and Drawstring Pants


New Stock in Men’s Shoes for the Rental Collection


Ian Drummond Collection has new Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Shoes in Stock from sizes 6-13, both brown and black
Added to the lineup of our famous “Wall of Shoes” – new in stock, Men’s Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Shoes in Brown and Black, Sizes 6-13

Good news for those of the Film and Television Wardrobe Department persuasion! The Ian Drummond Collection has recently added a huge selection of Stacy Adams cap-toe shoes for men in sizes 6-13, and in good assortments of browns and black to our rental stock. These shoes work for period looks from the 30s through to the present, and the quality is great. Clean and Classic and ready to rent!

Ian Drummond Collection has new Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Shoes in Stock from sizes 6-13, both brown and black
Ian Drummond Collection has new Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Shoes in Stock from sizes 6-13, both brown and black

The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

No sooner have we unpacked from the CAFTCAD Movie Wardrobe Sale, and it’s time to get ready for the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – and it does what it says on the tin. It’s One Amazing Day!

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Sign up for an email reminder and discount admission here.

You can look forward to our bringing a considered collection of what we do well: ladylike designer clothing (Valentino, Sonia Rykiel and Louis Féraud are pictured above) along with cocktail hats, party dresses, quality handbags and at least one rack of handsome clothing for gentlemen and those who keep it dapper.

Do let us know if there’s anything you’re hoping for Ian to import from Toronto, via Facebook or Email.

We don’t often rent “historical” costume – as evidenced that the newspapers that stuffed these shoes were dated 2005. Pieces that work for such periods do come in from time to time though, and we are happy to sell them off reasonably if we have them. Today a rack of sad knit shawls, rough woolens and broken-down shirts in weaves that mimic hopsacks and homespuns are going out the door – along with a basket of miserable-looking shoes. Poor barely-fashionable folks of the 1700s — it must have been rough.

Ian Drummond Collection Movie/TV Wardrobe Rental Period Shoes, Sold for a Production, IDC VINTAGE, Toronto TV MOVIE wardrobe rental
Ian Drummond Collection
Movie/TV Wardrobe Rental
Period Shoes, Sold for a Production

Thinking Cozy Thoughts…

We’ve noticed during these past few Autumn-like days (fine, weeks) that our Etsy shop Ian Drummond Stash has had increasing traffic from those who participate in indoor winter sports. But, you know, our kind of sports: sewing, dressmaking, quilting and crafting.

Today we were eyeing  the towering racks stocking our laces, bibs and bobs and bits and pieces that are due to hit the shop this winter from one massive collection we absorbed, and we sighed. They look like snowfakes, and we’re not ready.

We realized that the best way to extend the feel of summer is to look at cheery cottons and flowered prints, and novelty prints evoking the Casbah. So this week we’ll behave, complete our film work like good studio employees, and treat ourselves to getting these vintage fabrics and materials listed.

Ian drummond Collection IDC Vintage Ian Drummond Stash store stock for Etsy 1930s - 1950s printed fabric remnants, material and yardage
Ian Drummond Stash Etsy store stock for Fall 2014

And while the weather may be chilly, our hearts are warmed by this enlightening post by the Kindness Blog: Flower Sack Dresses from the Flour Mills.  We have a good stock of such fabric in the Stash shop, and it’s always a little thrill when some flour/feed sack prints turn up in the period clothing for our movie wardrobe rental stock.

Parures and Demi-Parures for Our Rental Collection

Ian had the great fortune (and we’ll say it ourselves – good eye) this past weekend at the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show to acquire more than a few gorgeous sets of costume jewellery that are now fantastic additions to our movie and television wardrobe rental collection. Dropping names such as Hattie Carnegie, Hobé, Trifari and DeMario is hard to resist, even if the signatures themselves can’t be seen on screen. Parures and demi-parures are one of the best ways to complete a “look” – and we’re always on the lookout for more. Ian Drummond Collection Toronto Vintage Clothing Show Sterling Peace Pin

Ian Drummond Collection IDC Vintage Toronto Movie Wardrobe Rental jewellery sets collection