7,000 pairs of shoes

including period skates, slippers, high-button boots and dance wear;

10,000 costumes

half of which were original designs for all of the lead performers and guest stars;

2,000 hats

with enough feathers, frills and furbelows to exhaust a full-time millinery department.

Avonlea scripts presented enormous challenges; and so did the actors who often had much to say about their character development and how it would best be reflected in what they wore.

Most female performers who had been subjected to seven years of authentic corsets and heavy undergarments had no desire to keep them. Souvenirs were the rare costume jewelry, eye wear, head dresses, wigs and fans that had been procured at great expense and sold at the production’s close to enthusiastic memorabilia hunters.

Costume Design Stills