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Springtime in Paris Fashion Show for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Springtime in Paris Fashion Show Raises Funds for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- Elizabeth Mason for The Paper Bag Princess Shows Why Vintage Never Goes Out of Fashion -
Monday, April 12, 2004, Toronto.
With the style and elegance of Maurice Chevalier and the poise and sophistication of Grace Kelly, couture clothing from the 1950s was designed to display class and elegance, using fitted waists and full skirts. Elizabeth Mason, North America’s premier expert in vintage couture, will be showcasing her selection from her vintage designer and couture collection entitled, 1950s Springtime In Paris, on April 27th, 2004 at a bridge fundraiser luncheon, presented by the board members of the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee. The committee is dedicated to giving financial support to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra so that the Orchestra can continue to provide great music to the residents of Toronto as well as support its curriculum-based education programs.
The bridge event started in 1997 with various members opening their homes to friends for bridge and serving lunch or dinner or tea. In the beginning the membership charged a token amount with all the proceeds being donated to the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee. In 1998 the function moved to the Granite Club and has become a very hot ticket in town with over 450 people attending annually. In 2000, a fashion show by Andrews was added to the bridge and lunch event ??? a tradition continued by Escada in 2001, Holt Renfrew in 2002, Talbot’s in 2003, and now Elizabeth Mason, Vintage Couture Collection for The Paper Bag Princess, which will also feature a special boutique after the show of exquisite vintage handbags and costume jewellery.
I am really looking forward to being an integral element of such an esteemed fundraising effort for a very worthy cause, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a very valued component of the arts in Canada.” says Mason.
Celebrating its 82nd season, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is Canada’s foremost symphonic ensemble, with more than 400,000 patrons visiting the Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall each year and an additional five million Canadians tuning in to frequent concert broadcasts on CBC Radio. The Orchestra maintains a strong international presence through touring, including a triumphant European tour in the spring of 2000, and recordings, available in music stores around the world.
It is no secret that Elizabeth Mason is all the rage with international celebrities enjoying the return of vintage styles to red carpet events. In addition to running her boutiques and dressing the stars, Mason has made several recent television appearances, including being a featured interview as a lead-up to the 2004 Academy Awards with Katie Kuric on the Today Show, as well as on VH1′s The Fabulous Life. Her most recent project is the launch of her Limited Edition Vintage Couture fashion t-shirts featuring illustrations of some of the most iconic images of important designs by celebrated international fashion designers, past and present. The shirts will be available May 1st, 2004 in the Toronto boutique (287 Davenport Avenue) as well as online at
Note To Editors: Photos available upon request. Interviews with Elizabeth Mason can be arranged through DS Publicity Group.

{mosimage} Elizabeth Mason is the author of “Valuable Vintage, The Insider’s Guide to Pricing and Identifying Important Vintage Garments”, Random House 2002, and “The Rag Street Journal, The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Thrift Throughout North America”, Henry Holt 1995. A noted expert on vintage garments and accoutrements, Mason has presented numerous vintage fashion exhibitions and shows in Los Angeles and Toronto. A regular figure on the Style network, Mason has also appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” as a vintage expert on an episode entitled “Hidden treasures in your home”. Mason also founded the “VAGTA”, the Vintage and Antique Garment Trade Association, in 2003.


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