Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume | Level 4

The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume features two new exhibitions on display until January 25, 2015.  

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting turns fashion on its head as Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri explores fashion inspired by function. 

Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles showcases textile treasures from the 9th to 12th centuries, some collected by Charles Trick Currelly, in a delightful exhibition of some of the ROM’s earliest acquisitions.

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

Curator (Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Fashion)

Dr. Alexandra Palmer. Photo: George Whiteside

Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curatorship