Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting
  • Closed
June 21, 2014 to January 25, 2015
  • Level 4, Roloff Beny Gallery


Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting is an exhibition that invites visitors to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion in our daily lives. The history of western fashion is a sequence of changing shapes that often favours form over function and comfort. IZAdaptive (2009-present), by Canadian designer Izzy Camilleri, is a revolutionary line of fashionable and functional clothing for the growing demographic of men and women who use wheelchairs. The exhibit contextualizes these innovative garments within Camilleri’s oeuvre and historical 18th-19th century fashions also designed for a seated, L-shaped frame.



Fashion Follows Winning Form

The ROM’s Fashion Follows Form exhibition has won The Richard Martin Exhibition Award by unanimous decision. One of the jurors referred to the exhibition theme as one of “social justice and human rights.”  The exhibition’s text was also recognized as beautifully written and respectful of the audience.

Izzy Camilleri
Fashion Designer

Alexandra Palmer
Senior Curator

Honorary Exhibition Chairs

Jeanne Beker
TV personality, columnist

Barbara Turnbull
Activist, journalist

Exhibition Contributors

Maayan Ziv

Luke Anderson

Joel Dembe

Carolyn Pioro

Joanne Smith

Russell Winkelaar


Exhibition Patron                                            Media Partner

ELIZABETH TORY                                      


Centennial Government Partners


OCAF: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Authored by: Cheryl Fraser