Early humans spent their days in loincloths, which lacked pockets and cufflink opportunities. Revel in modern fashiontunities with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two all-weekend tickets to The Clothing Show at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place on September 23–25 (a $16 value in advance, a $20 value at the door). Tickets for seniors are normally $4 in advance and $5 at the door, and children younger than 12 get free admission with an adult.
Independent designers and vintagewear slingers show off clothing, jewellery, and accessories at this biannual fashion showcase. Shoppers can browse participating vendors, who sport casual streetwear, and sample sales boasting discounts up to 90 per cent as well as multifarious pieces by local Canadian designers. Each day of the show contains exhibits, runway shows, and the runaway shoes they’re known for. Pivotal eras in sartorial history blush when described in the Century of Fashion exhibit, in which collectors flaunt museum-quality garb from each decade of the 20th century and display rare pieces on sale at vendors’ booths. Wanderers can keep a sharp lookout for screen-printed accessories and vintage textiles for the home, and orphaned LPs seek prospective new guardians. For the keenest observers, The Clothing Show awards a prize for the best photo taken over the course of the weekend.