Enchanted Threads

The Friends of Textiles and Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) proudly presents Enchanted Threads: The Legendary Textiles of William Morris, a one-night only event on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 from 6:30 pm.

This sumptuously illustrated lecture will be given by Linda Parry, a former curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum and a specialist in late 19th & early 20th century British textiles. Ms. Parry is the President of the William Morris Society (UK) and was distinguished as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006. She will be introduced by Dr. Alexandra Palmer, the ROM’s Senior Curator, Textile & Costume Section, Department of World Cultures & the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator.

William Morris was a poet, printer, conservationist, and one of the most gifted and talented designers of the Victorian era. As the founder of a London interior design company, he produced exquisite furniture, tiles, stained glass, wallpapers, embroideries, tapestries, and woven and printed textiles.

Ms. Parry will explore the varied inspirations which guided Morris’ fascinating life-long quest to create beautiful objects and champion handwork and crafts. The lavish colours and elegant patterns that characterize many of Morris’ captivating works will illustrate the lecture. Fabulous textiles and costume books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets to this extraordinary event are $35 for ROM Members, $25 for students, and $40 for the General Public. Advance registration is required for the event. For tickets, registration, and additional information, please call (416) 586 5797; email ftc@rom.on.ca; or visit www.rom.on.ca/friends. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Endowment Fund for Exhibitions of Textiles & Costume in the ROM’s new Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume.

This program is presented by the Friends of Textiles & Costume, a group that explores the lush artistic, socio-cultural, and technological history of textiles and costume and increases awareness & understanding of the stories behind the museum’s collections.