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Monthly Archive: December Text

Exhibit A: Dior Dress

Posted: September 15, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Red dress with white panels and black beaded designs

“In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.”

— Christian Dior 

Commissioned by the ROM, Passage #5 was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture. This dramatic coat-dress was inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau’s drawings from the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st-century reworking of Dior’s 1947 New Look collection (his first).

Padded Hangers 2.0: Revamping Storage for Fitted Jackets

Posted: December 14, 2015 - 12:33 , by admin
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The ROM recently acquired 6 fitted jackets by the designer Martin Margiela. We created additional support by adding creating padded forms for the body and arms that would fit over the polyethylene wire hangers.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead at the ROM

Posted: October 23, 2015 - 12:24 , by Sascha Priewe
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Photo of two women standing against a colourful mural

Chloe Sayer, guest curator of ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture and ROM Research Associate, is back in Toronto for the ROM’s celebration of Day of the Dead on October 30, one of Mexico’s most important annual festivals.

Fashion Follows Form: A lesson from The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 15:22 , by Amanda Girgis
Separating Leather Jacket. IZ Adaptive Clothing. Photo by Adrienne Mountain

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.  

Silk Threads from China

Posted: June 23, 2014 - 11:30 , by Deepali Dewan


Welcome banners for Friends Groups

Let there be Light

Posted: July 17, 2013 - 11:58 , by Brian Boyle
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Image showing all of the detail.

Our Senior Photographer, Bryan Boyle, shares his process of photographing beautiful Baroque textiles. 

Viktor&Rolf Dolls come to the ROM

Posted: June 20, 2013 - 14:07 , by Alexandra Palmer
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Viktor&Rolf with Alexandra Palmer

Appearing at the ROM until the end of June, Viktor&Rolf Dolls. Free admission.

Cloth hunting in Tanzania

Posted: June 13, 2013 - 10:48 , by Sarah Fee
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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.

ROM Volunteer Profile: Patricia Harris

Posted: April 25, 2013 - 15:20 , by David McKay
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Patricia Harris is a true testament to the profound impact of volunteerism...

Fashion Crime Stoppers

Posted: March 26, 2013 - 17:26 , by Patti McCabe
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Fashion Crimes at the ROM

The Panelists from the upcoming Fashion Crimes Debate share what they consider unforgiveable fashion crimes. What do you consider to be a fashion crime?