Monthly Archive: December Text
Fashion forms culture, history and identity – and likewise fashion can be formed by its function in our daily lives. Our new exhibition, Fashion Follows Form invites Members to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion, in particular it’s inclination to favour form over function.
In the 19th century, cloth was big business in East Africa. From present-day Somalia down to Mozambique, the whole eastern half of the continent was experiencing an economic boom as it exported elephant ivory, slaves, aromatics and spices to Asia, Europe, and North America. With their newfound wealth, East African consumers largely sought to acquire foreign cloth and beads.
The white wedding gown worn by many brides today didn’t became popular until the Victorian Era. In fact, many contribute the popularity to Queen Victoria herself, who wore white to her wedding day.
Before this time, European brides were known to wear dresses in a variety of colours and embroidered with elaborate patterns. However, the white wedding dress was quickly adopted in the 19th century by brides on both sides of the Atlantic.
Take a peek at these beautiful examples of Canadian wedding dresses in the ROM’s textile collection: