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Modernize Tailors: 100 Years of Dressing the Modern Man at the Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden

1Exhibition Viewing:

November 1 –November 30, 2013

Opening Reception:
Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1:30-3:30pm
Entrance on Carrall Street
Hall of One Hundred Rivers

For the first time, an exhibition of not only changes in fashion in the past century, but the constant presence of one of the oldest existing family businesses in Chinatown is made accessible for public viewing.

Father, Wong Kung Lai, started Modernize back in 1913. Passing down his skill and knowledge to his 2 eldest sons, Bill and Jack, they then ran the business for the past 65 years.

In the postwar boom era, The Wong Family’s Modernize Tailors were the largest tailor shop in Vancouver, serving the local community, as well as suiting up celebrities like Sean Connery, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Sunday, November, 3rd join us for the Opening Reception from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M.

Take this rare opportunity to meet and “talk to the tailor”.2
Bill, now 91, will be reading excerpts from his journal written when he was 14 about the daily life in a Chinese Village. The passages refer in part to the time Bill and Jack went with their father back to their ancestral village to live and go to school for a year in 1936.

For more information

Shayla Perreault

Or visit the Modernize Tailors Website