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Dressed to Impress Book Launch

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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When: Thursday May 23, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free, registration required
Where: Bata Shoe Museum

Join the Bata Shoe Museum with special guest Elamin Abdelmahmoud of CBC’s Commotion to celebrate the launch of Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s, a captivating new book by Nishi Bassi, curator of the BSM’s Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s exhibition. Step into the vibrant world of 1980s fashion as Nishi and Elamin discuss the iconic trends and influences that defined an era. From power heels to punk rock boots, Dressed to Impress explores the intersection of fashion and pop culture, revealing the lasting impact of ’80s icons on consumer culture both then and today. A must-have addition to any fashion lover’s library. Copies of the book and light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Evening Agenda
Doors open: 6:00 pm
Discussion: 6:30 pm
Doors Close: 9:30 pm

Copies of the book, light refreshments, and drinks available for purchase


Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is the host of CBC’s daily arts, entertainment and pop culture show Commotion. He is an award-winning culture writer who has written for The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Globe and Mail and others. Elamin is the author of the No. 1 best-selling memoir Son of Elsewhere, a New York Times notable book and a Globe 100 book. Please don’t ask him about his second book yet.


Nishi Bassi

Nishi Bassi is a Curator and Exhibitions Project Manager with over 10 years of experience in the museum industry. Her educational background is in British history, and current research interests include fashion, consumer culture, and post-colonialism. She is also an EDI champion, who strategically plans and advocates for change to ensure that accessibility remains a priority in all projects. Nishi has been with the Bata Shoe Museum since 2013 where she currently works as the Curator and Manager of Exhibitions. She also holds a volunteer position on the Board of Directors for ICOM Canada. “Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s” is her first major solo exhibition, and will be accompanied by a publication in spring 2024.