ROM Textiles & Fashions

From prehistory through to the present day, textile production has been a fundamental part of human existence. Explore the rich heritage of textiles and fashion from around the world, drawing on the ROM’s collection of 50,000 fragile and sensitive objects and our extensive curatorial expertise. Rotating exhibits of weaving, needlework, printed and archaeological textiles, and silks make for an ever-changing tableau of discovery. We will engage visitors in the fascinating world of global textiles and fashions by exploring stories that interweave cultures and societies and record intimate histories, politics and ingenious innovation. The Centre will serve as a knowledge hub for new ideas, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and publications as well as training and education.

Veronika Gervers: Research Fellowship in Textiles and History


ROM Staff

Anu Liivandi. Photo: George Whiteside

Assistant Curator (Textiles & Fashions)

Dr. Alexandra Palmer. Photo: George Whiteside

Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curatorship

Collection Technician

Research Projects

Cotton textile printed with photo montage of various famous international tourist sites and modes of transportation including an American Airlines DC10, American, 1930s-40s. Acquisition made possible by the generous support of the Textile Endowment Fund (2001.123.8) Beate Elenique, printed furnishing cotton with nude rider on horseback, by Salvador Dali, American?, mid 20th century. Acquisition made possible by the generous support of the Textile Endowment Fund (2001.123.9)
Printed Textiles in the 20th Century
ROM’s unique collection of textiles from Madagascar
An exciting new exhibit at the ROM illuminates the fascinating
Fall 1948, Balenciaga silk taffeta cocktail dress that was purchased in a New York City second hand shop. This dress was worn by two owners over a ten year period. Gift of Miss Nancy Thompson. ROM 987.153.1
History of the second hand fashion trade
1926 silk satin and lace wedding dress worn in Toronto by Mrs Ruth Bernice Burnham nee Ratcliff. Made by Martha located at 65 Bloor Street West, a leading Toronto couturier at the time. Gift of Dorothy de Haas. ROM 996.115.1.1-4. Jeanne Lanvin silk crepe evening dress, worn by donor for her wedding in 1913. Purchased at Eaton's College Street in Toronto. Gift of Mrs John MacIntosh Duff. ROM 965.53.1
Social and Cultural History of Couture in Toronto, 1900-1937
Angelina lace dress, published in Time Magazine and shown at the Fall 1960 Association of Canadian Couturiers collection. Gift of Angelina Fabbro. ROM 971.431 Federica silk satin evening dress and jacket, embroidered with crystals. Gift of Mrs Jeannie Hersenhoren. ROM 978.32.a-c
Historical essays on Canadian fashion