Carleton Place Mod Fashion Show 1960’s



In May of 1965 the Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary to the Chamber of Commerce had a fashion show at the Town Hall auditorium. The money raised from“Summer Holiday” fashions went to the Chamber of Commerce Swimming Project where hundreds of children are given swimming lessons in the summer.


Over 500 women attended, and the show was convened by Mrs. Vic Bennett. High styled outfits with low price tags and 30 “sew at home fashions” fashions were modeled. A bridal dress made for $30 by Miss Carole Moffat was shown, and the coordinator and commentator was no other than Mrs. Wallace Cook. The second half of the show was from Cook’s Store.


There was a power shortage that day, but it did not even sway the ladies who kept sashaying down that runwayno matter what. The models were from Almonte and Carleton Place with the exception of Mrs. R. J. Patterson from Ottawa.


M Terry Kirkpatrick
My sister Laurie Kirkpatrick McCabe with June Hall (McEwen) at Town Hall Fashion Show. Guessing early 60s.

Models in the pictures were Joanne Haneman, Dorothy Cochran, Jann Moffat and Miss Carole Moffat. Mrs Wallace Cook is seen giving instructions to the girls in the last picture. Who was Mrs. Wallace Cook? No other than our beloved Mary Cook.


Come see our “table to table” fashion show at Ladies Who Lunch June 6th in the same venue. Our historic Town Hall in Carleton Place Town Hall. Serenaded by local fiddler Wade Foster.

Stores are: Nancy’s Impressions, The Dress Shop, Swirlicious and Wisteria


Carleton Place photo: Shawn Lanthier just added: The picture of the kids on the Carleton Place pier was of a regatta at CPCC. Notice the paddles and the life belts they are wearing. Thank you Shawn:).. and the picture is circa 1976.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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