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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Cornerstone of CAFTCAD's Future Resource Centre

In October CAFTCAD was given the opportunity to purchase the late Vicki Graef's reference library. It contains over 300 books on fashion and art and many boxes of fashion magazines. The purchase price is $2000.00 but is worth much more in its value as a working reference library for wardrobe professionals and enthusiasts.
To date we have raised just over half of the money and we ask that all who can afford to, please make a donation to help us reach our goal. Thank you so much to those who have generously assisted with the cause.

Donations can be mailed or dropped off at :
c/o The Ian Drummond Collection
366 Adelaide St. West, LLO1
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1R9

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Studio 1686

*Studio 1686* Invites You and Yours to come and celebrate the Holiday Season on Sunday, December 14, between 2:00 and 8:00 pm.
We will be serving appetizers and Holiday Cheer!

Richard Halliday/R.H. Studio, Make Up Artist to the Stars,
will be on hand for Consultations.

Paul Manchin/Recording Artist, will be performing.

Hania/Local Artist, works will be on display.

Greg/Szoldier, cool funky Men's Wear.

Ben Stellino/XOCAI The Healthy Chocolate, will be offering samples.

View our Holiday Gift Items for $30 and under.
See you there, if you can't make it please give us a call,
we are flexible and can work with your schedule.
Marya and Irene/*Studio 1686*
1686 Queen St. W. (east of Roncesvalles)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Costume Designers at the One of a Kind Show

The word this year is to buy homemade products and support local artisans for your holiday gifts. The perfect opportunity to find that perfect special item is upon us at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto from November 27 to December 7 at the Direct Engery Centre.

CAFTCAD Member Ann Henshaw will be showcasing her artful tiny garments at her Hyperbole Design's booth number J-30.
Julie Pederson, a Winnepeg based Costume Designer will be selling her incredible handcrafted "Muckies" at booth G-44.

Monday, November 17, 2008

CAFTCAD and Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen hosted CAFTCAD Members a few months back to show us the new renovations and set up of their very handsome store on Bloor Street West.
After a really informative tour,(where we got to touch the most beautiful suits and cashmere goods and dream dress dashing leading men) we stood in the balmy September evening under the stars enjoying wine, snacks, and oh so much good conversation.

Photos by Nola Chaters.

Thanks to all the team at Harry Rosen for making such a lovely evening for us all.

Warm the Sole- Bata's Annual Sock Drive

Terrifc new way to help those with cold toes this Holiday Season. A pair of socks will even get you into the Mueseum for Free on the Weekends during this drive and you get to see celebrity socks- ones they've adorned, not worn.

If you get to go, let us know here at CAFTCAD how much you liked it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For the Love of Cloth, Designer Fabric Sale

"For the Love of Cloth", a Designer Fabric Sale at the Textile Museum.
The volunteers are hosting a special boutique-style sale on the museum's mezzanine. Fabulous designer fabrics, unique prints and lots of rare finds will be available for the savvy shoppers and serious crafters.

Friday, November 14, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Saturday, November 15, 11:00am - 1:00 pm.

The museum is located at 55 Centre Avenue,
one block east of University and half a block south of Dundas.
Use Dundas streetcar to University or St. Patrick subway station and walk east.

This sale is made possible by PRIMAVERA, Interior Furnishings Ltd.

Spread the Word and see you there!

Reia N Studio Sample Sale

Click to enlarge

Monday, October 27, 2008

Final Year of the Hadassah Bazaar

For the past 84 years, Toronto’s Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar has been a much anticipated annual shopping extravaganza, where as many as 10,000 shoppers of all ages from Toronto’s multicultural communities come together to hunt for bargains, enjoy ethnic food and participate in a unique city wide event. Now in its final year, the legendary Bazaar will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008.

Wednesday October 29, 2008
9AM - 7PM
Direct Energy Centre (formerly National Trade Centre)
Hall B, Exhibition Place
$5.00 (Children 5 and under FREE)

Amazing Shopping from the Movie Wardrobe Sale

Incredible Thanks to the folks at the Toronto Film Studios for hosting our very sucessful Movie Wardrobe Sale. Even with the damp fall weather over 800 people came through the door this time with some customers making it an all day event- it was a fantastic place to be on Saturday the 25th. As well as the Costuming Community, many others from the Film and Entertainment Industry reuntied and competed for the best savings and grooviest Halloween Costume.

To be on the mailing list for our next sale, email us at

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Movie Wardrobe Sale this Weekend!!

CAFTCAD will hold its autumn Movie Wardrobe Sale just in time for Halloween,
on Saturday October 25th from 9-4PM
at the Toronto Film Studios, 629 Eastern Ave at the foot of Pape Ave.

Imagine a film sound stage filled with hundreds of incredible last minute Halloween costume ideas to inspire even the most desperate party guest. Local costume designers, stylists and wardrobe rental houses will be offering up racks and racks of wardrobe from past films shot in Toronto as well as fabric and accessories to create your own unique costume. If you are stuck for ideas ask our designers for help. Put yourself into the hands of a professional, costume designers and stylists will be on hand to assist you with your costume needs.

Not into Halloween? There will also be plenty of great bargains on contemporary and vintage clothing also from local film productions.

Entrance fee of $2 helps CAFTCAD fund its initiatives,
free entry to CAFTCAD members, seniors and children.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nobis at The Rockwood

Nobis, our terrific sponsor from the Film Festival Party, wants to invite members to join them for the following event.
See You There!

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Passing of Vicki "Red" Graef

Sadly, Prominent and well loved Canadian Costume Designer Vicki Graef has passed away from complications of cancer on Wednesday October 15th.

Her Funeral will take place
Wednesday October 22nd, 3 pm.
Turner and Porter Funeral home at 2357 Bloor St W.
416 767 3153 In Bloor West Village.

Donations would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Please make cheques out to her Power of Attorney:
Karin Martin
185 Eastern Ave, 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 1H7

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Amazingly Spooktacular Shopping Experience

The Bazaar of the Bizarre
Sunday October 19th, 11-6 p.m.
6 Noble Street,
Toronto, Ontario

Great place to snatch up trinkets or Christmas Pressies for the hard to please.
How about that darling Goth Child on your list or maybe you have that uncle that reminds you of Uncle Fester.
CAFTCAD Member Adam Smith will be selling his wicked leather wear and accessories.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Autumn Movie Wardrobe Sale

Our last Movie Wardrobe Sale in July was so successful that we had to host another one!

For sale will be clothing, both contemporary and vintage, accessories, jewlery, fabric, notions, books, wardrobe supplies and much more! Who knows what amazing things you'll find!

$2 at the door goes to supporting CAFTCAD
Members, Seniors, and Children Free
Free Parking
Please re-use your shopping bags

If you're interested in volunteering for even a few hours, want to be a vendor, or have any further questions, please email us at

Monday, October 6, 2008

Donationed Goods Needed for ZAMUXOLO Daycare Centre

Wotever Inc., a CAFTCAD Member, is organizing donations for a container of dry goods for the Zamuxolo Daycare and Orphanage in Capetown. The children, infants to 15 years of age, live in a shanty town of Capetown and have nothing and sleep on dirt floors which commonly become mud floors when it rains.

Bridgit Faroo, owner of Wotever says,
"My friend Glenda's sister in South Africa (Nadia) is spearheading this
grassroots fundraiser. Anything given or donated will be going directly to
the children and centre (actually a shack!). Nadia will be making sure that
when the container arrives in Capetown that it will be distributed directly
to the kids and caregivers."

Please HELP & DONATE YOUR OLD/NEW: yoga or camping mats, blankets, pillows, clothes, underwear, socks, pjs, diapers, dry food, soup packages,

Please drop off your donations by Saturday October 18th to
Wotever Inc,
5 Dickens Street (Dundas and Carlaw)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Party Photos from the CAFTCAD Film Fest Reception

Too bad we can't hear the music, conversation and laughter of the evening...

Sponsor Nobis' designer Desmond with party organizer Antoinette Messam and Nobis' Robin J. Yates

Michelle Easton of Edelman Public Relations and Lisa French

CAFTCAD member Juul Haalmeyer and Allison Bird from Liberty

Emily, Eini, Karen, Susan, and Gladys

Producers Ani Baravyan, Joe Boccia, and Antonella LaCapara
CAFTCAD Member Bridgit Faroo of Wotever Inc, and Tom Foster from Kombie

The Fine Gentlemen from Sponsor Aquarius Menswear

Hi Hong, Dominic and Eleni from TNT
CAFTCAD Secretary Joanna Syrokomla with writer/director/actor Peter Stebbings
CAFTCAD Vice President Ruth Secord with Member Billie Blast, Arianna from Holt Refrew, and Member Andrea Carini

Swag sponsors Dion Neckwear

Member Nola Chaters, Antoinette Messam, Susan Dicks, CAFTCAD Treasurer Ian Drummond and Joanna Syrokomla
David Hackl, Donna Wong, Amy Stulburg, and Alex Kavanagh
"Thanks for the great party. You guys did such a fantastic job of putting it together. I think that everyone who came was very impressed. It was a great way to feature the work of so many talented people. I'm proud to be associated with you all." David Hackl

Members Lindsay Fox and Sheila Pruden with Adam Smith's armoured display

Member Laura Mongomery and Rachel Ford

Member Delphine White with Antonella DeCapara and Member Ton Pascal

Members Jody Hoel and Leslie Kavanagh and the swag
Schoolmates Enrico Campana, Martin Weinrieb, and Producer, Don Carmody

Member Deborah Berman from Berman and Co. and Abby set up a little Roccoco display

Members Kathy Vieira and Ken McGuire from Liberty Wardrobe Rental House

Thanks to Rob Doda and Olivia Mizzi for their beautiful photographs.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Jessica Jensen Handbags Sample Sale

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Filmport's Off Camera Art Exhibit

Over fifty artists in the Toronto film industry from costumer makers to scenic painters have gathered to present an exhibit of their 'off camera' creations to share with the public at the newly opened Filmport Studios.

The various mediums will surprise from the traditional painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, to unique methods of screen printing, collage, film making, textiles, music, multi media assemblage and more.
The event will feature a silent auction, musical performances and a film screening.

We can see why Toronto film production is known for such a high calibre of work when you see this exhibit.

The Off Camera Group is organized by volunteers from the film workers community represented by IATSE local 873 and The DGC Ontario.

Runs October 3rd through 18th, 225 Commisioners St. Stage #7

Friday, September 19, 2008

Harry Rosen's Appreciation Evening....

Harry Rosen invites CAFTCAD Members for a tour of their new flagship store along with cocktails and hors d'oeurves on Wednesday September 24th 7 to 9 pm.

If you haven't already received your invite, please email and we will make sure you make it onto the guest list.

Monday, September 15, 2008

CAFTCAD Film Fest Reception Pre-Production

We all had an incredible time on Tuesday night at the CAFTCAD Film Festival Reception. All those terrific people mingling together... "I haven't seen you in ages" was heard round and round.

Photos of the party will be up soon, but to wet your appetite, here's the party crew setting up for that great night!

Monday, September 8, 2008

CAFTCAD Celebrates Our Incredible Sponsors

Great Thanks are due to the incredible sponsors that have generously donated to make our CAFTCAD Film Festival Celebration on Tuesday September 9th an Amazing Event. Stay tuned for photos of our members, industry guests, on camera talent, and our sponsors having a blast!