Fashion and Textile Museum

Fashion and Textile Museum The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Fashion and Textile Museum is committed to presenting varied, creative and engaging exhibitions, alongside an exciting selection of educational courses, talks, events and workshops.

In place of a permanent collection is a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world. The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by in 2003, by icon of British design, Dame Zandra Rhodes. Today, the Museum is operated by Newham College, London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, the Museum is housed in a beautiful and distinctive building, designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta.

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A beautiful #detailoftheday to brighten your Mondays!This standing doll, with a wool dress and a chintz apron and cap, w...
07/06/2021

A beautiful #detailoftheday to brighten your Mondays!

This standing doll, with a wool dress and a chintz apron and cap, was produced in India between 1700 and 1750. The cotton is printed and dyed using the traditional chintz technique and the doll probably dressed in Harlingen, by professional dressmakers.

Collection Fries Museum, Leeuwarden. Collection Koninklijk Fries Genootschap

A beautiful #detailoftheday to brighten your Mondays!

This standing doll, with a wool dress and a chintz apron and cap, was produced in India between 1700 and 1750. The cotton is printed and dyed using the traditional chintz technique and the doll probably dressed in Harlingen, by professional dressmakers.

Collection Fries Museum, Leeuwarden. Collection Koninklijk Fries Genootschap

Ahead of this Friday's online event, at which Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft will discuss our 2019 exhibition, Swi...
06/06/2021

Ahead of this Friday's online event, at which Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft will discuss our 2019 exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant, we're taking a look back at one of Quant's most iconic collections.

‘The Wet Collection’, launched at the Hôtel de Crillon, Paris in April of 1963, was initially a great success, earning the designer her first cover of British Vogue. However, initial production issues, caused by the innovative nature of the fabrics used, prevented the collection from hitting the high street until '65.

Discover more about Quant overcame production problems, to produce one of the world's most recognisable rainwear collections to date: https://bit.ly/maryquantblog

Want more Quant? Book your £5 ticket to discover Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant this Friday at 1pm: http://bit.ly/onlineeventsswinginglondon

Ahead of this Friday's online event, at which Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft will discuss our 2019 exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant, we're taking a look back at one of Quant's most iconic collections.

‘The Wet Collection’, launched at the Hôtel de Crillon, Paris in April of 1963, was initially a great success, earning the designer her first cover of British Vogue. However, initial production issues, caused by the innovative nature of the fabrics used, prevented the collection from hitting the high street until '65.

Discover more about Quant overcame production problems, to produce one of the world's most recognisable rainwear collections to date: https://bit.ly/maryquantblog

Want more Quant? Book your £5 ticket to discover Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant this Friday at 1pm: http://bit.ly/onlineeventsswinginglondon

As it's currently #VolunteersWeek, the whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to take the opportunity t...
05/06/2021

As it's currently #VolunteersWeek, the whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to take the opportunity to thank our incredible team of volunteers for their continuous support and invaluable contribution, particularly over this last, difficult year.

We were recently delighted to begin welcoming some of our volunteer team back to the Museum for the first time since March 2020 and can't wait to continue working with them in coming months!

Our volunteers truly make an amazing difference to the work we do here at the Fashion and Textile Museum and so, on your next visit, please do take a moment to join us in thanking them for their support!

As it's currently #VolunteersWeek, the whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to take the opportunity to thank our incredible team of volunteers for their continuous support and invaluable contribution, particularly over this last, difficult year.

We were recently delighted to begin welcoming some of our volunteer team back to the Museum for the first time since March 2020 and can't wait to continue working with them in coming months!

Our volunteers truly make an amazing difference to the work we do here at the Fashion and Textile Museum and so, on your next visit, please do take a moment to join us in thanking them for their support!

BIG NEWS: 2 spaces have just become available at upcoming Copy Your Clothes workshops!In these 1-day workshops, led by p...
04/06/2021

BIG NEWS: 2 spaces have just become available at upcoming Copy Your Clothes workshops!

In these 1-day workshops, led by pattern cutting tutor and creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis, you'll learn the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments, without the need to pull them apart.

Book your ticket for 7 or 11 June (and be quick!): https://ftmlondon.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/12135?catID=2953

BIG NEWS: 2 spaces have just become available at upcoming Copy Your Clothes workshops!

In these 1-day workshops, led by pattern cutting tutor and creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis, you'll learn the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments, without the need to pull them apart.

Book your ticket for 7 or 11 June (and be quick!): https://ftmlondon.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/12135?catID=2953

We're excited to be welcoming Sarah Campbell Designs - SCLtd back to our workshops programme!On Wednesday 23 June and We...
03/06/2021

We're excited to be welcoming Sarah Campbell Designs - SCLtd back to our workshops programme!

On Wednesday 23 June and Wednesday 28 July, renowned textile designer Sarah Campbell returns to teach her ever-popular fabric painting workshop! Under Sarah's expert guidance, you’ll leave this workshop with enough hand painted cloth to perk up your home with an accessory of your choice – a cushion, a wall-hanging or throw!

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – this is a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home.

Find out more and book your tickets: http://bit.ly/workshopsareback

Something for your bank holiday binging? We've got new Events On Demand!First up, join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdr...
31/05/2021

Something for your bank holiday binging? We've got new Events On Demand!

First up, join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft for a look back at one of our most popular exhibitions, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol. The exhibition traced the history of 20th century art in textiles, demonstrating how ordinary people were able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way, through their clothing and home furnishings.

Dennis discusses some of the key pieces featured as part of the exhibition, and their relationships to Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art. Highlights included work by Salvador Dalí, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

Next, enjoy Josef Frank: Patterns-Furniture-Painting, or any of our other 15 instantly available forays in to the history and future of fashion and textiles!

Watch now: https://bit.ly/eventsondemand

Between 2016 and 2017, artist Renuka Reddy set about exploring the ten-stage process of making hand-painted and resist-d...
29/05/2021

Between 2016 and 2017, artist Renuka Reddy set about exploring the ten-stage process of making hand-painted and resist-dyed chintz, using traditional techniques. Inspired by the woman’s jacket below, which features traditional chintz dating from 1700-1750, Renuka produced an example of each of the ten stages.

These are the ten, complex processes she followed:

1. Base cotton cloth is treated with myrobalan (a tropical fruit containing tannins) and buffalo milk. Lines to be black are painted with an iron mordant and those to be red are painted with alum mordant tinted with sappan wood. The iron mordant immediately reacts with the tannin of the myrobalan to produce insoluble black colour.

2. After a thorough washing in running water, the cloth is dyed in a madder bath for two hours raising the heat slowly to 80°C.

3. To bleach the unwanted background colour, the dyed cloth is immersed in sheep dung overnight and exposed to sunlight during the day while sprinkling water on it to keep it moist. This process is continued for a week to ten days until the background is bleached.

4. The cloth is again treated with myrobalan and buffalo milk. Lines that are to remain white are painted with wax to resist the mordant and dye. Inside areas are painted with a combination of iron and alum mordants to develop a range of colour from reds to purples from a single dye bath.

5. After washing in running water, the cloth is again dyed in a madder bath for two hours raising the heat slowly to 80°C.

6. For bleaching and removing the background colour, step 3 is repeated.

7. The cloth is treated with starch. Fine lines to remain white in blue areas are painted with wax.

8. All areas that are not blue or green are painted with wax. The cloth is exposed to sunlight for a few minutes and the surface rubbed in the shade to allow the wax to penetrate onto the reverse side and make the cloth pliable.

9. The waxed cloth is repeatedly immersed in an indigo vat until the desired blue is achieved. It is washed and boiled in hot water to remove the wax. Step 3 is repeated to bleach and remove starch.

10. The cloth is treated with buffalo milk for applying the final colour. Yellow areas and blue parts that are to become green are painted with yellow dye made from pomegranate rind mixed with alum. After a few days the cloth is washed in running water, boiled and bleached as described in step 3. Finally, it is starched and rubbed with a shell for a glazed surface.

Find out more about Renuka, and other modern chintz practitioners, at Chintz: Cotton in Bloom: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

Our doors may be open again, but our online events programme continues to grow!On Friday 11 June, Head of Exhibitions De...
28/05/2021

Our doors may be open again, but our online events programme continues to grow!

On Friday 11 June, Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft will reflect on our 2019 exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant. Join Dennis to explore how a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists redefined the concept of youth and challenged the established order in 1950s London.

On Friday 16 July, Dennis is back again, this time exploring how Orla Kiely became one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Dennis will discuss how Orla’s trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars. You'll discover how Orla’s instantly recognisable graphic patterns have enthralled a global audience to the rhythms and repeats of her designs.

Book your £5 tickets: https://bit.ly/watchonlineevents

A quick #detailoftheday, featuring a fabulously vibrant chintz design, as seen on a woman’s high waisted jacket. This co...
27/05/2021

A quick #detailoftheday, featuring a fabulously vibrant chintz design, as seen on a woman’s high waisted jacket. This cotton dates from 1700-50 and was painted and dyed in India, using the traditional chintz technique.

A quick #detailoftheday, featuring a fabulously vibrant chintz design, as seen on a woman’s high waisted jacket. This cotton dates from 1700-50 and was painted and dyed in India, using the traditional chintz technique.

This Thursday, join curator and world textile expert Mary Schoeser, for an online lecture exploring English chintz.At th...
25/05/2021

This Thursday, join curator and world textile expert Mary Schoeser, for an online lecture exploring English chintz.

At this rescheduled online event explore how, during the first 75 years of the nineteenth century, British designers developed a style of chintz that was unique. It owed something to India and to the French, but was even more influenced by the creation of English gardens, the most famous of which is Kew Gardens, officially founded as a national botanical garden in 1840.

Mary will demonstrate how designs changed throughout the 1800s, as well as highlighting the importance of women as consumers, whose tastes were informed by new trends in gardening and collections of botanical prints.

Book your £5 ticket: https://bit.ly/onlineeventsenglishchintz

The Fashion and Textile Museum shop really is looking extra special at the moment!Pop in and explore brand new Chintz: C...
24/05/2021

The Fashion and Textile Museum shop really is looking extra special at the moment!

Pop in and explore brand new Chintz: Cotton in Bloom products, a whole host of practical sewing and making resources and designs from the likes of Orla Kiely, Sarah Campbell Designs - SCLtd and Zandra Rhodes!

The shop is open 11am - 6pm, Tuesday - Saturday. Or, if you can't wait, shop online any time: https://bit.ly/shopfashiontextile

There’s still a few spots left at our upcoming Copy Your Clothes, Couture Techniques and Pattern Cutting Workshops! Plus...
22/05/2021

There’s still a few spots left at our upcoming Copy Your Clothes, Couture Techniques and Pattern Cutting Workshops! Plus, two dates for our brand new workshop: Batik with Annie Phillips!

Join Annie Phillips, whose work is currently on display in The Fashion Studio, in this 1-day workshop and learn the skills used to create bold and unique textile pieces with batik. Over the course of the day, participants will be given a structured introduction to wax-resist dyeing and a masterclass in how to let the process lead the way.

All our workshops are conducted in line with our safe visiting guidance, which includes observation of the ‘rule of six’.

Book your tickets and find more information on how we keep our staff and visitors safe during workshops: http://bit.ly/whatsonworkshops

20/05/2021
The Fashion and Textile Museum Shop is back!

Being open again not only means that our gallery is back, but our shop too! We've taken the opportunity during our closure to give our shop a bit of a makeover and even a mini extension!

Remember, if you're short on time, you don't need an exhibition ticket to pop in and visit the shop. Or, if you can't make it in person, lots of these fabulous new products are available now with our online shop: https://bit.ly/shopfashiontextile

It’s official: the Fashion and Textile Museum is open!From now on, we’ll be here Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm and ...
18/05/2021

It’s official: the Fashion and Textile Museum is open!

From now on, we’ll be here Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm and we’re so looking forward to seeing you back on sunny Bermondsey Street!

Remember, all tickets must now be pre-booked before your visit: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

It’s official: the Fashion and Textile Museum is open!

From now on, we’ll be here Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm and we’re so looking forward to seeing you back on sunny Bermondsey Street!

Remember, all tickets must now be pre-booked before your visit: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

17/05/2021
Tomorrow's the day!

Tomorrow's the big day! After several difficult months of closure, we could not be more excited to welcome you back to the Fashion and Textile Museum and finally begin sharing the fascinating story of Chintz: Cotton in Bloom!

Pre-book your tickets: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

16/05/2021
2 days to go!

We're so excited to reopen the Fashion and Textile Museum in just 2 days time!

As we reopen, our number one priority remains the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We’re maintaining the use of face coverings, hand sanitiser stations and social distancing and continuing to ask that all tickets be pre-booked online before your visit.

Read our safe visiting guidance in full: https://bit.ly/safevisitingguidance
Pre-book your tickets: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

WOW! Thanks to the incredible generosity of the supporters, contributors and organiser, Holly Fox-Lee, the Fashion and T...
14/05/2021

WOW! Thanks to the incredible generosity of the supporters, contributors and organiser, Holly Fox-Lee, the Fashion and Textiles Forever auction raised a total of over £11,000 to support the future of the Fashion and Textile Museum!

The Fashion and Textile Museum team would again like to offer our thanks to every single person involved - we are so grateful for your support! This fabulous sum will make a wonderful contribution to our mission of exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of fashion and textiles! Thank you!

WOW! Thanks to the incredible generosity of the supporters, contributors and organiser, Holly Fox-Lee, the Fashion and Textiles Forever auction raised a total of over £11,000 to support the future of the Fashion and Textile Museum!

The Fashion and Textile Museum team would again like to offer our thanks to every single person involved - we are so grateful for your support! This fabulous sum will make a wonderful contribution to our mission of exploring and celebrating the past, present and future of fashion and textiles! Thank you!

14/05/2021

There's just 4 days to go until the Fashion and Textile Museum reopens and we can begin welcoming you all to Chintz: Cotton in Bloom!

In order to help keep you and team safe, we're continuing to ask that all tickets be pre-booked online before your visit: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to offer our most heartfelt thanks to every single person wh...
13/05/2021

The whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to offer our most heartfelt thanks to every single person who shared, bid on or purchased any of the fabulous artworks in the Fashion and Textiles Forever auction. We would also like to thank every generous artist who was kind enough to contribute their work in support of our institution. Finally, we would like to thank Holly Fox-Lee for her hard work, dedication and support of the Fashion and Textile Museum in organising this wonderful auction.

Holly Fox-Lee will be in contact with the winning bidders soon. Head to her Instagram for updates: https://bit.ly/fashionandtextilesforeverauction

The whole team at the Fashion and Textile Museum would like to offer our most heartfelt thanks to every single person who shared, bid on or purchased any of the fabulous artworks in the Fashion and Textiles Forever auction. We would also like to thank every generous artist who was kind enough to contribute their work in support of our institution. Finally, we would like to thank Holly Fox-Lee for her hard work, dedication and support of the Fashion and Textile Museum in organising this wonderful auction.

Holly Fox-Lee will be in contact with the winning bidders soon. Head to her Instagram for updates: https://bit.ly/fashionandtextilesforeverauction

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Tube: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) Mainline rail: London BridgeBus: Local services to London Bridge and Tooley Street. Take the St Thomas Street exit from London Bridge, proceed left and turn right onto Bermondsey Street.

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Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Museum is committed to presenting varied, creative and engaging exhibitions, alongside an exciting selection of educational courses, talks, events and workshops. In place of a permanent collection is a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by in 2003, by icon of British design, Dame Zandra Rhodes. Today, the Museum is operated by Newham College, London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, the Museum is housed in a beautiful and distinctive building, designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta.

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