CanadaFashionLaw was delighted to be given an exclusive invitation to the Royal Ontario Museum’s preview event of its newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, BIG. The exhibit showcases 40 articles from the ROM’s collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes.
During the event, Dr. Alexandra Palmer (the exhibit’s curator) talked about her vision for the Gallery. This, in particular, piqued CanadaFashionLaw’s interest. She gets it. Fashion and textiles go beyond “pretty”. Fashion and textiles reflect significant cultural and social values that change with the times. Does a woman’s corset represent more than a strong desire for an hour-glass shape? Is it that different from the ancient Chinese tradition to bind women’s feet to maintain a 7.5 cm length? The exhibit spans different cultures and time periods and allows the audience to draw their own conclusions. If you’re looking for a little modern day controversy, the exhibit displays one of John Galliano’s last haute couture dresses he created at the Dior house before his dismissal. (CanadaFashionLaw previously covered this case. If you need a refresher, click here).
Dr. Palmer enthusiastically explained that the ROM wishes to be a catalyst and a forum to foster innovation, conversation and debate for the fashion and textiles community. It was clear that through the ROM, Dr. Palmer’s infectious energy and enthusiasm will help shape the voice of the Canadian fashion industry.
CanadaFashionLaw strongly encourages you to check out the ROM’s BIG exhibit, which will be open until Fall 2013.