On October 3, at the National Arts Centre Gala featuring Diana Ross, NAC ushers will be wearing a new uniform for the first time in 30 years.
Designed by renowned Canadian fashion designer Shawn Hewson of Bustle Clothing, the new uniform is stylish, contemporary and comfortable. Charcoal grey with accents of black and NAC purple, it includes a custom-designed shirt with a subtle motif that recalls shapes found all over the NAC.
Hewson also designed the uniform to be worn by people of all genders, with comfort for all body types in mind. Its pieces include a jacket, pants, skirt, ties and a sweater. Those elements can be mixed and matched as desired.
The various pieces also allow the ushers to be more formal or casual depending on the performance, for instance a classical music concert versus a rock show. There have been five NAC uniforms between 1969 and 2018, with the previous one in use since 1988. Hewson said he’s confident the new uniform will stand the test of time. “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.”
New Usher Uniforms – photos by John Arano