Fashion & Textiles Trivia Night – September 25, 2013

Fashion & Textiles Trivia Night - September 25, 2013
Fashion & Textiles Trivia Night – September 25, 2013

Fashion & Textiles Trivia Night – September 25, 2013

Venue: Fox’s Den, 1075 Bay St.
Time: 7 PM

What is Batik?
What is Diane Von Furstenberg best known for?
Which British inventor patented the first workable sewing machine?
Silk comes from worms, but which part of the worm produces the silk threads?
Who is credited with inventing the Little Black Dress?

Strut your stuff and show off your fashion and textiles know how.
Hosted by Curator Sarah Fee

No pressure, it’s all fun. Questions range from easy to challenging with teams competing for bragging rights.
You could achieve the status of student all the way up to curator!
So grab a beer, join a team and prepare for a good time.

Contact
416-586-5797
programs@rom.on.ca

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM - February 9, 2013
BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

Dr. Alexandra Palmer delivers the inside scoop on the ROM’s commission of the House of Dior’s design and creation of the breathtaking haute couture dress now taking centre stage in BIG. Includes the world premiere of the full version of the film Dior about the making of the dress.

Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
President’s Choice School Entrance

Public: $20
RPC, YRC Members: $15
Members: $15

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.

This is the part one of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions.  Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
complex geometries coma sweatshirt, complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress
  • complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
  • complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
Synergy Jem & The Holograms, Dean Davidson Plaza Ring, Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet, Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet
  • Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
  • Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
  • Hermès Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
  • Hermès Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – Hermès (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau du Toilette, Maison Martin Marigela (untitled), Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum, Demeter Fragrance Mahogany
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Mykita x Moncler Lino Sunglasses, Gap Twill Parka, m0851 Medium Weekender, Moncler S Mayuko
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Smythe Great Coat, Philip Sparks Slip Dress
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Dell XPS13 Ultrabook, Worn Fashion Journal Subscription, Print from YellowKorner
Church's Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
Church’s Classic Burwood glossy leather brogues, Jeremy Laing Mouton Knit Sweater, Jeremy Laing Ridged Fan Sweater, Maison Martin Margiela Glitter-finished raffia brogues
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets
ROM Membership, AGO Membership, TIFF Membership, Opera Atelier The Magic Flute Tickets

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of the I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide.

BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume – Royal Ontario Museum

BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume - Royal Ontario Museum
BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume – Royal Ontario Museum

A new exhibit has opened at Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume in the Royal Ontario Museum. BIGshowcases a selection of major pieces from the permanent collection. I was invited to a intimate preview (with Patricia Harris in attendance, eeeee) and managed to get a couple photos.

BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume - Royal Ontario Museum
BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume – Royal Ontario Museum

A stunning display, BIG is exclusively drawn from the ROM’s collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes objects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways. With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM’s renowned collections. BIG continues until Fall 2013.

“This installation highlights objects that are BIG,” states Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator in the ROM’s World Cultures department. She continues, “BIG is not just about size. Even the smallest textile can have BIG personal, social, and cultural value that shifts according to context. BIG brilliantly looks at the meaning of textiles and fashions from around the globe and across time. Excitingly, a number of very recent acquisitions by BIG names are showcased in the display, including two from Toronto donors. Ms. Marlene Mock’s fascinating oversized black dress is part of a larger donation of significant fashions by Maison Martin Margiela, while Ms. Lonti Ebers’ stunning black lace dress by Alexander McQueen, a design she wore to the June 2007 Gala Opening of the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, is also displayed. We are most grateful to both women for their generosity.”

BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume - Royal Ontario Museum
BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume – Royal Ontario Museum

A recent acquisition, and now a highlight of the Museum’s permanent collection and this exhibition, Passage #5 was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture. Specially commissioned by the ROM and made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, this dramatic coat-dress 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. Passage #5 was a highlight of Dior’s Spring 2011 collection. A short documentary, produced by Dior, and generously funded by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation, the ROM’s Textiles Endowment Fund, and the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, complements the display. The film details the intricacies involved in creating this remarkable garment, including the 500+ hours by a Dior team. The ROM is the sole international museum to commission such a unique document of the construction of an haute couture design.

Other exhibition highlights representing the breadth of the ROM’s international collections include a Pre-Columbian Peruvian feather cape dated to 1000 -1476; an Indonesian bark cloth wrapper; and spectacular textiles created for Exposition Internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes – the BIG Art Deco exhibition held in Paris, 1925. Textiles from Albania, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom, and USA, vibrantly demonstrate the exhibition’s BIG global scope. In addition to Galliano for Dior, contemporary fashions by leading designers Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Tam, and Tom Ford for Yves St Laurent are among the other BIG names on display.

BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume - Royal Ontario Museum
BIG at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume – Royal Ontario Museum

Teck Suite of Galleries and Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott

Teck Suite of Galleries and Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott is now open at the Royal Ontario Museum. This by far is my favouite collection. I had to be kicked out of the gallery when it was over because I was wandering around gawking so much.

ROM - Teck Suite of Galleries

Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures showcases the Royal Ontario Museum’s exceptional specimens of minerals, gems, rocks and meteorites, a collection among the finest in North America. The 6,900 square-foot combined gallery space fills the length of the Weston Family Wing on Level 2 and is divided into the Vale Inco Limited Gallery of Minerals, the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Gallery and the Gallery of Gems and Gold. The fascinating displays are contextualized and illuminated by over 40 interactive touch stations, compelling video exhibits and engrossing information on Canada’s mining industry.

The Vale Inco Limited Gallery of Minerals presents approximately 2,300 minerals, rocks and meteorites, exploring such areas as the classification of minerals, their physical and scientific properties, causes of mineral colour and the geological environments necessary for spectacular mineral growth. This gallery features the ROM’s meteorite collection, including a 1.1 kilogram lunar specimen, one of the biggest lunar meteorites on display in the world. The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Gallery showcases the biographies and personal stories of 130 inductees through a fully bilingual, interactive video wall that explains how mining touches every part of our lives.

The gallery of minerals is stunning, period. The colours and textures of the specimens is a feast for the eyes. The interactive touch screens are great and bring the information out of the cases and to your fingertips.

ROM - Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott - Mephisto

ROM - Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott - Queen of Kilimanjaro

The Gallery of Gems and Gold presents as its inaugural exhibition Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott. This special exhibition features approximately 200 stunning jewellery pieces, gemstones cut and unset, as well as modern interpretations of gemstones as art. Light & Stone is on display for a one-year period and showcases the private gem collection of Michael M. Scott, a collection with few rivals in the world outside of the royal families.

Here is a slideshow of images I took, but it doesn’t even come close to experiencing it in person. The collections are breath taking if you love shiny, colourful things and the wonders of nature.

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The Nature of Diamonds

The Nature of Diamonds
Until March 22, 2009
Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

I’m not a big fan of diamonds at all. I really had no plans to visit The Nature of Diamonds at the ROM. However, I changed my mind when the media invite I received in the mail had a picture of the Diamond “lace” cuff bracelet (top left image above). I was floored and I found myself in the basement on the crystal listening to speeches. Some were rather uncomfortable given the subject. After the talking I was able put aside my issues and view the exhibit.

It was a well rounded exhibit on diamonds, starting with the fact that the stuff is just super hard carbon. It covered physical, historical, religious/mythological, industrial and artistic aspect of diamonds. There was a lot of educational stuff, but I just wanted to see the rocks.

Princess Mathilde corsage ornament is OH MY GOD stunning in person. STUNNING!!!!!! (picture on top right above). Other items of interest include the 407.48-carat golden coloured kite-shaped diamond (bottom left). It’s a monster. The huge diamond and the Princess Mathilde corsage among other rare pieces are held in an area of the exhibit called the vault.

If you are a jewelry nut then this is going to be something you’ll want to see. In the coming months the ROM will be presenting Light & Stone: Gems from the Collection of Michael Scott. From the preview pics in this press release, you won’t want to miss it. I’m salivating myself.

Oh and don’t forget, The Dead Sea Scrolls come to the ROM on June 27, 2009!

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Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume

I love the ROM and I’m so lucky to be on the receiving end of their hospitality.

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Robe à la française

The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume presents highlights from the ROM’s renowned collection of over 50,000 textile and costume artifacts, in a display of approximately 200 pieces dating from the 1st millennium BC to the 21st century AD. Outstanding examples include Chinese imperial costume, late Antique and early Islamic textiles from Egypt, western fashion from the Baroque period to the present day and early Canadian coverlets. These illustrate the extensive transformations in the design and technology of textiles and clothing throughout the past three millennia. Due to conservation considerations, the artifacts are to be changed on a regular basis.

The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume is located on the 4th floor of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and it is the final gallery to be added to the space. The gallery will feature highlights from their massive collection of over 50,000 artifacts. The current exhibit features 200 artifacts dating from 200 BC. Patricia was a 50 year volunteer for the museum and the gallery was a surprise Christmas gift from her husband, William, in 1999.

The gallery features the uses of paint, ink and dye in textiles, weaving, some of the worlds oldest living textiles, needlework, Chinese textiles, art of tailoring from 18th century present day and luxury silk textile designs from Europe from 15th to 18th century. There was a good mix of textiles and costumes. It was a bonus to be able to get a 360 degree view of the artifacts, so you could inspect all the details. I’m always amazed at how small people were in 15th century. MJ jokingly suggested that I could fit into some of the more beautiful pieces like this (click to see larger image)

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Formal overdress - Egyptian silk tabby brocaded in gold and silver filé
Formal overdress РEgyptian silk tabby brocaded in gold and silver fil̩

I only wish I could fit into it. Actually strike that, I don’t want to be thin enough to wear it. Visit the exhibit, you’ll understand what I mean.

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Woman
Woman’s toga dress printed with Henri Matisse’s Femmes et singes – Designed by Vivienne Westwood (b.1941). This simple T-shaped dress is from Westwood’s first collection under her own name.

This dress was worn by Kate Moss out and about one night years ago. I tried to track the picture down but I can’t find it.

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Two-piece day suit - Designed by Azzedine Alaïa (b.1940) Textile produced in Japan for Alaïa, Paris
Two-piece day suit – Designed by Azzedine Alaïa (b.1940) Textile produced in Japan for Alaïa, Paris

This suit is to die for, this picture doesn’t give you an idea of how perfect it is.

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Two piece day suit - Designed by Hubert de Givenchy (b.1927) France (Paris) Spring/summer 1956
Two piece day suit – Designed by Hubert de Givenchy (b.1927) France (Paris) Spring/summer 1956

Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume - Cocktail dress called Delphine - Designed by Christian Dior (1905 – 1957) Silk extended tabby (gros de tours) France (Paris) Fall/winter 1956 – 1957
Cocktail dress called Delphine – Designed by Christian Dior (1905 – 1957) Silk extended tabby (gros de tours) France (Paris) Fall/winter 1956 – 1957

Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific at the Rom

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I visited the ROM one lunch break to preview the Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. There was a little speech by prominent officials. I learned that new curators were brought on board to help with the gallery. We then went up to the gallery itself. I liked the layout and how they displayed the 1400+ pieces.

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This gallery reflects the ROM’s vast and diverse collections that represent the artistic and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples from Africa, the American continents, the Asia-Pacific region and Oceania. This is the first permanent home for these collections in over 30 years, with many of the 1,400 artifacts on display for the first time.

Ranging from large and dramatic ceremonial masks and colourful robes to archaeological objects such as ceramics and basketry, the collections were gathered from the late 19th century to the present and represent some of the Museum’s founding collections. The artifacts reveal aspects of everyday life, clothing, commerce, ceremony and art of indigenous cultures from around the world. Divided into four geographic areas, this gallery is rich with symbols of heritage and identity that continue to have meaning today.

One piece was my favourite in particular, the Diablada dance mask from Bolivia
Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific - Diablada dance mask from Bolivia

The gallery is open to the public and is located on the 3rd floor of the Crystal.

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images: me and the ROM

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