Friends of Textiles and Costume

From 1975 to 1990, the Textile Endowment Fund Committee (TEFCo) existed as an independent associate committee of the Department of Museum Volunteers with the purpose of supporting the ROM’s Textile Department.  It raised money for acquisitions and books. 

In 1996 the Textile and Costume Committee (TEX-CO) began, also as an independent associate committee within the DMV, for the purpose of supporting the Textile and Costume Section.  The efforts of this committee focused on the need for a specific gallery to showcase Textiles and Costume exhibitions. Once this was assured, the focus changed to building the Burnham Brett Endowment Fund for rotating exhibitions in the Textile and Costume gallery in the new RenROM Crystal, to help promote greater awareness of the extensive world-wide collection of Textiles and Costumes in the ROM.  Each year TEX-CO presented a fund raising event. 

In 2005 TEX-CO joined with other Friends Groups of the ROM and become known as the Friends of Textiles and Costume (FTC).  FTC has presented many programs and events.  The opening of the "Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume" was a highlight and reinvigorated FTC’s efforts to support ROM’s spectacular collection, and the Textile and Costume Section of the Department of World Cultures, ROM. 

Funding efforts have been successful largely through donations from our Friends.  FTC has made annual donations to the Burnham Brett Endowment Fund for Exhibitions of $6,000 in the past few years. We have also provided funds for essential equipment and for the past three years, an internship to assist the curatorial staff.

Annual Plan

Our mandate is to deepen an understanding of the rich, worldwide collections of Textiles and Fashions owned by the ROM through educational programming and special events.

In 2013-14 FTC will present the following programs:

  • Alexandra Kim: The Royal Costume Collection at Kensington Palace on November 22, 2013.
  • Patricia Harris: 50 Years of Volunteering at the ROM (date & time tbd)
  • Dr. Alexandra Palmer: 100 Years of Collecting Textiles and Fashions at the ROM (tbd)
  • John Vollmer: Presence of the Dragon Throne and Other Great Exhibits at the ROM (tbd)


Ways to support

ROM members can support the initiatives of Friends of Textiles and Costume including:

  • Innovative and exciting programs    
  • Meeting others who share your interest in Textiles and Fashions
  • Enhancing your knowledge of the ROM’s collections              
  • Support for summer internships, essential equipment and the Burnham Brett Endowment Fund for rotating exhibitions and programs

A donation of $50 or more to ROM Friends of Textiles and Costume when you become a ROM Member, renew your membership, or at any time during the calendar year gives you the opportunity to receive two copies of FTC’s enhanced newsletter and entitles you to a reduced price on tickets to FTC programs. As well you will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.

Purchasing tickets to any Friends of Textiles and Costume program/event will also contribute to supporting our projects.

Consider investing in FTC’s Adopt-a-Journal project by purchasing a book, magazine, periodical on an annual basis for the benefit of our curatorial staff, student researchers and ROM members.

Volunteer Opportunities

Members of the Department of Museum Volunteers (DMV) may apply to sit on the FTC Board on one or more sub-committee.

Group Executive

Betty Finnie Hunt

Pat Sparrer
Vice Chair/ Legacy Textile Project

Patricia Boulden

Sophie Szilagy

Joan Schiff
Past Chair/Programs & Events/Publicity ROM 100 – Legacy Textile Project

Anne Armstrong
Newsletter Coordinator

Evelyn McIntyre
Education Head 

Josh Morhart
Adopt-a-Journal Co-ordinator

Carol Pask 
Donor Friend Head

Patricia Harris 
ROM 100- Legacy Textile Project