As the ROM’s Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Curator, Dr. Alexandra Palmer is a surprisingly frequent Toronto fashion world presence—if you’ve ever attended the pre-fashion week staple that is the ShOws, she’s known for getting designers like Jeremy Laing or Steven Tai to geek out on the details of their fabric fabrications during her popular post-runway show Q&A sessions. As an authority on Christian Dior—she last authored a thorough 2009 examination on the designer’s storied New Look era for V&A Publishing—Palmer was able to specially commission for the ROM a House of Dior Spring 2011 haute couture piece that was the centrepiece of its 2012 BIG exhibition.
This June, look out for Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sittings, a ROM exhibition focusing on the “seated fashions” of Toronto-based designer Izzy Camilleri.
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