ROM Textiles & Fashions

From prehistory through to the present day, textile production has been a fundamental part of human existence. ROM Textiles & Fashions presents 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 related stories that interweave cultures and societies and record intimate histories, politics and ingenious innovation.

ROM Textiles & Fashions explores the fascinating world of global textiles and fashions.

What's New

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Fashion & Design

And what a century it was!  Fashion expert Dawna Pym introduces you to some of the ROM's newest acquisitions, and delves into the trends of the times.

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Two male models posing against a grey background

COS × AGNES MARTIN GUGGENHEIM 2016: Martin menswear is added to the ROM collection

By Dr. Alexandra Palmer and Clara Puton

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Art, Honour, Ridicule: Asafo Flags of Southern Ghana. Unidentified artist, Saltpond Workshop c. 1980. Royal Ontario Museum.

The Fante are one of the many culturally and linguistically related groups known collectively as the Akan. They mostly live in the Central Region of Ghana, their territory extending along the coast and inland from Takoradi in the west, to Senya Beraku in the east. Coastland Fanteland, once known as the Gold Coast, has been exposed to European contact longer than any other area of sub-Saharan Africa.