THINK BIG: The Royal Ontario Museum unveiled its newest exhibition, called “Big,” on Saturday, showcasing textiles and costumes that are big in size, big in historical and cultural significance, or carry a big price tag. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a bold and dramatic red coatdress designed by John Galliano, which cost $100,000 and took more than 500 hours to make. Inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau’s Forties and Fifties drawings, the dress is a 21st century reworking of Dior’s 1947 New Look. It was presented to the fashion world for spring 2011, weeks before Galliano was arrested and subsequently fired from Dior for making anti-Semitic remarks.

Evening gowns by Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent are also on display, as well as designs by Martin Margiela and Vivienne Tam. Some 40 objects, some never before shown to the public, are culled from the museum’s approximately 50,000 textiles and costumes. The “Big” exhibit at the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume runs through next summer.

This story first appeared in the November 5, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.