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.

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Separating Leather Jacket. IZ Adaptive Clothing. Photo by Adrienne Mountain

Fashion forms culture, history and identity – and likewise fashion can be formed by its function in our daily lives. Our new exhibition, Fashion Follows Form invites Members to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion, in particular it’s inclination to favour form over function.  

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Dr. Chen Shen by the podium

The Royal Ontario Museum treated its Members to a private lecture on The Making of The Forbidden City. Hosted in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, over 200 ROM Members were in attendance. Dr. Chen Shen and David Hollands – two of the many masterminds behind our current blockbuster exhibition, spent the morning walking Members though the complex and in depth process of curating an exhibition of this magnitude and exquisite...