Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Happy Hour mask

The Happy Hour mask, with a concealed opening that fits a straw, was launched on Instagram 25 June 2020 as Toronto's cocktail patios re-opened after lockdown. It encourages people to support local businesses, get outside, and see friends while “sipping in style.” Helene Clarkson Design, specializing in travel clothing, was hard-hit by COVID-19.  The mask was a gamble that paid off as sales took off. Michael Jahantab, who has worked with the firm for almost ten years, came back to work and sewed over 1000 masks in the first month.

Helene Clarkson for Helene Clarkson Design, Canada

June 2020

Designed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Made in Canada

Polyester, rayon, spandex blend. Stainless steel straw.

Royal Ontario Museum 
2021.33.1.1 (mask) and 2021.33.1.2 (straw), Gift of Helene Clarkson 


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