NORA E. VAUGHAN FASHION COSTUME CURATOR
WORLD CULTURES, TEXTILES & COSTUME
ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Dr. Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Senior Curator, Textiles & Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
She received her BA in Art History from the University of Toronto (1979); her MA in Costume and Textiles from New York
University, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1981); and her PhD in Design History from the University
of Brighton (1994).
In 1996, she joined the ROM were she is responsible for the collection of western fashionable dress and textiles and has
curated several exhibitions including Elite Elegance: Couture Fashion in the 1950s (2003). Dr. Palmer is also
Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Fine Art.
Alexandra Palmer has contributed to international museum catalogues, including The Golden Age: Haute Couture 1947 - 1957,
Victoria & Albert Museum (2007); RRRIPP!! Paper Fashion, Benaki Museum (2007); Christian Dior et le Monde,
Musée Dior à Granville (2006); and Un Secolo di Moda, Villa Medici (2003). She has edited and authored chapters in Old
Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion (2005), and Fashion: A Canadian Perspective (2004). She has contributed to The
Oxford Companion to Canadian History (2004) and to a wide range of scholarly books including La Moda in Canada (2008),
Exploring Contemporary Craft, History, Theory & Critical Writing (2002), Framing Our Past: Constructing Canadian
Women's History in the Twentieth Century (2001), and The Culture of Sewing: Gender, Consumption and Home Dressmaking(1999).
Dr. Palmer is also Exhibition Editor for the Journal of Fashion Theory. Her book Couture & Commerce: The Transatlantic
Fashion Trade in the 1950s (2001) won a Clio Award for Ontario history, and her most recent book, Dior: A New Look, A New
Enterprise 1947 – 57, V&A Publications (2009) the 2010 Millia Davenport Publication Award. She is currently working on a
new project, Recouperating Fashion 1700-2000, funded by the Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada.