Feb 262014

Yorkdale is turning 50 and I am so proud to be working with such an innovative, fun and kind group of individuals who represent the premier shopping destination in Canada. The press release below gives us all the information on how Yorkdale is celebrating 50 years of Style:

TORONTO (February 24, 2014) – Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Canada’s premier shopping destination, is only getting better with age as it celebrates its 50th anniversary on February 26, 2014 with a series of special events. To mark the anniversary, Yorkdale will unveil a series of portraits by iconic photographer and musician Bryan Adams, featuring some of Toronto’s top Style Makers. 2014 also marks the beginning of construction on Yorkdale’s newest, almost 300,000 square foot, $331 million expansion.

 “When Yorkdale first opened its doors in 1964, we were the largest shopping centre in the world,” said Claire Santamaria, General Manager of Yorkdale Shopping Centre. “Fifty years later, we can say that Yorkdale has helped transform Canada’s retail landscape by being the number one destination for international retailers entering the Canadian market. We want to celebrate our golden anniversary as we continue growing to meet with the demand of shoppers and international retailers.”

 In recent years, Yorkdale has been the gateway for many international retailers coming to Canada for the first time, with an impressive list of first-to-Canada brands that includes AllSaintsDavid Yurman, John VarvatosMulberryWhite House|Black Market and Zara Home, to name a few.

Some of the anniversary events include:

 The past celebrated. Your future styled.

On February 26th, fifty years to the day since the shopping centre first opened its doors, Yorkdale will unveil an exclusive portrait series shot by iconic photographer and musician Bryan Adams. The series features Toronto’s top Style Makers, including former Fashion Television personality and fashion icon in her own right Jeanne Beker, Breakfast Television personality Dina Pugliese, actress Lisa Ray, Jagmeet Singh, philanthropist Suzanne Rogers and her daughter Chloe, TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, bloggers Caillianne and Samantha Beckerman and fashion designer Lucian Matis.

 Yorkdale Gold Collection

To celebrate Yorkdale’s Golden Anniversary, several retailers have contributed special edition commemorative products to the Yorkdale Gold Collection. The collection features items from Michael Kors, Ted Baker London, MAC Cosmetics, The Body Shop, Town Shoes and Purdy’s Chocolatier, developed exclusively for Yorkdale and available only at Yorkdale.

 Anniversary Gown

Lucian Matis, one of Canada’s top luxury fashion designers, has created a golden anniversary evening gown exclusively for Yorkdale. Made of silk chiffon and French lace, the gown was delicately hand-sewn by Matis and took more than 85 hours to complete. Inspiration for the exquisite piece came from Yorkdale shopping centre itself. The gown was photographed on Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, the face of Yorkdale Style, for a special campaign celebrating the 50th anniversary of YorkdaleShopping Centre. The gown will be on display at Yorkdale’s Guest Services.

 CN Tower: In light of Yorkdale’s Golden Anniversary 

Yorkdale isn’t the only one getting into the spirit. The CN Tower, one of Toronto’s leading attractions, will be lit gold on the evening of February 26th to celebrate Yorkdale’s golden anniversary. As with every night, a standard light show will also occur for eight minutes at the top of every hour.

I want to propose a toast!

Yorkdale is more than a shopping centre – it has the movie theatre where you went on your first date and where you bought the perfect dress when he proposed, it’s where you found your first suit for your first adult job and the splurge handbag to commemorate your first big promotion, where they had THE necklace for your wedding, it’s the one place your German cousins wanted to visit every day while in Toronto, it still offers everything you need to furnish your first home or even your second, it’s the place you went to find the most adorable outfit when you brought home your first baby and your last baby and because it’s built around the most amazing team of individuals it’s the place that gave a stay at home mother of four a world of opportunity she never knew existed. It’s a building that houses 50 years of memories and 50 more years of endless possibilities.

For all that and so much more I say congratulations on 50 years of style and here’s to 50 more. Cheers!

Below is a selection of some fun archival photos of Yorkdale’s celebrated past.

Yorkdale Plaza Postcard

Postcards from Yorkdale

Yorkdale postcard

Yorkdale 1970 fashion show

1970 Fashion Show

Yorkdale 1972 Spring Summer Fashion

1972  Spring/Summer Fashion

Yorkdale 1985 Business Report Fashion Show

 1985 Business Report Fashion Show

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 February 26, 2014  Posted by on February 26, 2014

  2 Responses to “Yorkdale Shopping Centre Celebrates 50 Years of Style”


    My husband and I were shopping at Yorkdale right before my water broke!!! We had gone up there because it was February and FREEZING outside and I needed to walk around, and most of the mall is on one level. I remember it SO clearly- The husband bought teeshirts. I cannot believe that that was less than 12 hours before I started active labour.
    Yorkdale will always remind me of one hell of a life changing day!!
    xo Emma


    Now THAT is how I remember Yorkdale! It was a huge part of my childhood. Heck, i could walk there! And did.

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