I wanted to share some background on Gord’s stage costumes, the clothes that inspired our color choice, and the precious hat that we were able to borrow for the photoshoot from designer Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats.
The suits, in bright metallic leather, were created by Izzy Camilleri, who has designed for other performers and musicians over the years.
The outfits are memorable not because of how great they are — and because they are a part of Canadian rock and roll history — but because for previous tours, Gord’s on-stage look was more traditional singer-songwriter gear: jeans with a collared shirt and a vest, lots of black and white. And he’s worn a hat when performing many times before, but it’s been a much simpler number – often straw. These fantastic wool felt hats with ribbon and feather decorations were made by hand, to Gord’s specifications.
I loved the detail that Gord kept these outfits as a surprise for his bandmates!
I was pleased to hear about the KnitForGord project: Telma is making hats and other knitterly goodies to sell, with all proceeds going to the Downie fund at Sunnybrook.