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Memorable Manitobans: Dorinda Ball Mutchmor (1900-1982)

Clothing designer.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 31 October 1900, daughter of Ida Rosetta McLaughlin (1871-1944) and Alexander Percy Mutchmor (1871-1958), sister-in-law of Beatrice Caroline Mutchmor, she came to Winnipeg as an infant with her family.

Her interest in sewing began at an early age. In time, she gained an international reputation for her design of infants’ and children’s clothing under the label “Dorinda”. For many years she was involved in costume design and construction for the carnivals at the Winnipeg Winter Club; was a judge for the Junior League’s Hobby Show; and held executive positions with the Girl Guides. She served on the boards of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Children’s Home of Winnipeg. In later years, she lived in a spacious apartment at 333 Wellington Crescent.

She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 6 May 1982 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary [Ida R. Mutchmor], Winnipeg Tribune, 20 November 1944, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1982, page 52.

“Sportsman, A. P. Mutchmor dies at 87,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1958, page 34.

This page was prepared by Susan Cowtan and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2022

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