Adult Programs

Promiscuous Prints

Pattern Book, Downing Collection at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Free. RSVP Required.
Annual Veronika Gervers Memorial Lecture

Dr. Philip Sykas from Manchester Metropolitan University, will look at the market for British printed garment textiles that grew alongside radical technological and design changes in the period 1780-1880 creating glorious textiles and fashion that transformed interiors and streets with new, dazzling colours and patterns. This project brings his extensive experience with manufacturers' pattern books and the technological evolution of calico printing to the study of fashions at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Dr. Philip Sykas worked as a textile conservator and a museum curator before embarking on full-time research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994. His research focuses on textile printing in England, especially the interconnections between pattern design, technology and merchanting. Detailed analysis of visual evidence from manufacturers' pattern books has been a feature of this work from the start. Alongside contemporary documents, and surviving printed garments, the pattern evidence helps to tell the story of the response of design to developments in technology, and the changing needs of a complex international trade.


6:30 pm          Doors Open
7 - 8 pm          Lecture (Eaton Theatre)
8 - 8:30 pm     Q&A

The Research Fellowship is supported by a memorial fund established in 1979 to commemorate the noted ROM curator and textile scholar, Veronika Gervers, to promote scholarly research that incorporates the ROM’s textile and costume collections. The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates and international scholars whose research can make direct use of, or support, any part of the Museum’s collections. Successful Gervers candidates are selected by a committee of both museum and university scholars. Senior Curator Dr. Alexandra Palmer, of the ROM’s Textiles & Costume department, and herself a former Gervers Fellow, chairs the committee.

This event is presented by the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for all ROM lectures with at least three weeks advance notice.  Please, email to request the service.


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre,
Level 1B

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