Monthly Archive: December
“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).
Since the beginning of the month, the Royal Ontario Museum has been host to a stunning display of historic Ghanaian imagery, in the form of the flags used by the Asafo fighting groups to send messages to friends and enemies alike. These flags document many of the events and histories that were of value to the Fante states and are expressive, powerful, and of great importance to understanding the history of the region as we know it today. As a collection, they make up a fascinating display of aesthetic storytelling that reveals much, and gives each viewer a sense of what was important to each community under each flag at various points throughout each one's history, right up to the present day.
For the past 40 years, the ROM has been Barbara Chisholm’s main volunteer endeavour. She has guided thousands of visitors through the Museum, sharing her love of decorative arts and European history with the public, a delight to all those with the good fortune to experience her lively and engaging storytelling.
Written by EVC student Matthew Brocklehurst
How do you get high school kids interested in space science? This was the question asked of Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) students by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
EVC students working on a storyboard for their CSA video (photo by Vincent Luk).
Written by Christine Tovee, Aerospace Engineer/Technology Leader, ROM Volunteer
Tattooing has made a comeback as an emblem of choice and as an expression of one's identity in an ever more globalized world. It has acquired the status of an art form: tattooing has gravitated from the margins to the mainstream. From historical figures to modern celebrities, tattoos have spread throughout the ages. Bet you didn't realize these famous figures had tattoos...
1) Justin Trudeau
Ian Leaver is a 25-year-old ROM Member with autism who visits the Museum often, touring the exhibitions and spending time with other ROM visitors and staff. Ian's mother, Wendy, says that although Ian does not ask many questions due to his disability, his visits to the ROM have brought out a curiosity she has not seen in him before.
What inspired your first visit to the ROM?
I like Dinosaurs and my sister gave me a Membership.
How would you describe the ROM to a friend who had never visited the Museum before?