Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume | Reopens June 19

The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume is currently closed for a gallery rotation.  Visitors will find examples from this stunning collection in many of the galleries throughout the ROM.  For a limited time, visit Born of the Indian Ocean: The Silks of Madagascar, the first-ever exhibit of the ROM's spectacular collection of Textiles from Madagascar.  

The Harris Gallery will reopen on June 19, 2014.

About the Gallery

Where fashion and fibre arts come alive.

From prehistory through to the present day, textile production has been a fundamental part of human existence. Textiles and fashion are quintessential elements of establishing identity, and play a critical role in our continued understanding of cultures, social customs, economy and survival.

Explore the rich heritage of textiles and fashion from around the world in a gallery devoted to showcasing the extensive transformations in textile design, manufacturing, and cultural relevance throughout the past 3,000 years. Weaving, needlework, printed and archaeological textiles, and silks are all represented here and regular rotations of the collection's fragile and sensitive objects makes for an ever-changing tableau of discovery.


Approximately 200 objects, rotating from the 50,000 artifacts in the ROM's stunning textile and costume collections are on display at any given time. Given the fragility and sensitivity of some of the objects, pieces are rotated quite frequently.


Objects represent the development of textile and costume from around the world.


From the 1st century BC to the present day.

ROM Staff

Dr. Alexandra Palmer. Photo: George Whiteside

Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curatorship

Collection Technician

Anu Liivandi. Photo: George Whiteside

Assistant Curator (Textiles & Fashions)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui