Adult Programs

2014 Vaughan Lecture: The Fashion Doctors

Alexandra Palmer and Timo Rissanen

Metamorphosis:  From Cloth to Clothes

Join the Fashion Doctors, Dr. Timo Rissanen from the Parsons New School for Design and Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator Textiles & Costume at the ROM, on an extraordinary creative journey.

See Dr. Rissanen create a garment on a live model from a single piece of muslin in real time. Hear Dr. Palmer explore how such transformations have occurred across cultures and time, illustrated through the ROM's spectacular collections and archives. Join the Doctors for captivating conversation and sparkling wine reception immediately following the presentation.

Exclusive Promotion: Purchase a ticket and bring a guest for free.

This is an experience you won't want to miss!


Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the ROM, and curator of Fashion Follows Form, the latest exhibit in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. She is cross appointed and teaches in Fine Art History at the University of Toronto, and the Graduate Programme in Art History at York University, and the School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University.

Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. He is a Finnish fashion designer, whose creative practice is grounded in inquiry through cutting. Having lived in Finland, Spain, Australia and the U.S.A., Rissanen is interested in global challenges with local perspectives. His research centres on fashion and sustainability, with particular focus on zero-waste fashion design. He sees fashion as integral to the everyday experience of living; creating a fashion system that enriches humanity is a task for us all.


6:30 pm     Doors Open (Queen's Park Entrance)
7 pm           Lecture (Bronfman Hall, Level 2)
8 - 9 pm     Sparkling Wine Reception (Bronfman Hall, Level 2)


Royal Ontario Museum


Queen's Park Entrance ►




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