Famous Burlingtonians

Eileen Collard - Fashion Designer/Author/Historian

Eileen Collard (1912-2002) was a couturier, costume collector and instrumental in founding the costume collection at the Joseph Brant Museum. She was a pioneer of her day, becoming one of a few self-published authors and resident authorities on historical fashion. Eileen was passionate about her craft and between the years 1969 and 1983 wrote 12 books on Canadian fashion history.  At Eileen’s suggestion, the Costume Society of Ontario (CSO) was formed in November 1970 of which she became the first chair, a position she held for four years. Eileen passed away at the age of 90 in 2002.