The exhibition is wonderfully approachable and you can spend as long or as little as you like and still get a glimpse of what it was like at that time for fashion consumers. Each of the suits and dresses, jewelry, fragrances, and ephemera are from the collection of the ROM, most of which were donated to the museum. In some cases the women who owned the gowns were still alive and the curator met with them to learn the story of their personal piece of couture and the circumstances of where they wore them. For example the dress called Venus was purchased at a store in Florida as a surprise for a 16 year old’s coming out party. Can you imagine being surprised with a dress like that at 16? Lucky girl! Or Auteuil, a houndstooth suit with a velvet collar owned by a woman who later removed the aggressive bustle and shortened the very long hemline. What’s inspiring about the way people wore their clothes in the late 1940s is in that reimagining of a suit that was indeed an investment.