The newest ROM exhibition showcases textiles and costume that, in their own remarkable way, are BIG … BIG in size, BIG in historical importance, BIG news, created by a BIG name, carry a BIG price tag, and so on.
The ROM goes BIG this fall with fashion and textiles, on until Fall 2013 in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume, Level 4. The exhibit showcases 40 artifacts chosen from the ROM's 50,000 strong archive. Funky and unique, forty objects – both historical and contemporary – gathered from the ROM’s extensive collections showcase BIG from around the world. They range from Egyptian clothing to 18th- and 19th- century western costumes to 20th-century haute couture. Some have never before been on display.
The objects highlighted represent pieces from around the world and were chosen based on their BIG status in a myriad of ways. Some of the objects are being publicly displayed for the first time and the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM’s renowned collections.
Interesting fact: The centerpiece of the exhibit is Passage #5, a true Houte Couture coat and dress ensemble that was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture (pictured above). It was specially commissioned by the ROM and was inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau’s drawings of the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st century reworking of Dior’s 1947 New Look. It was a highlight of Dior’s Spring 2011 collection. A short documentary, complements the display. The film details the intricacies involved in creating this remarkable garment, including the 500+ hours by a Dior team.
Extra Treat: Watch the video below that features Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curatorship when they open the package from Dior! Inside is the stunning haute couture dress commissioned by the ROM.
For more information visit the ROM's website: www.rom.on.ca.