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.
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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.

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.

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There's now more places available for the up-coming dates of your favourite workshops, including Pattern Cutting Introdu...
24/07/2021

There's now more places available for the up-coming dates of your favourite workshops, including Pattern Cutting Introduction, Couture Techniques and Copy Your Clothes!

Pattern Cutting Introduction is a 2-day course covering the basic rules of flat pattern cutting, focusing on using fashion blocks to create womenswear garment components, including simple sleeves and skirts.

Couture Techniques is a popular 1-day workshop, giving the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics such as chiffon and silk satin.

Copy Your Clothes is another 1-day workshop, helping you learn the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments, without the need to pull them apart.

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

Annie Phillips has been a modern batik artist for most of her adult life. She has worked and trained with artists in bot...
22/07/2021

Annie Phillips has been a modern batik artist for most of her adult life. She has worked and trained with artists in both Ghana and Indonesia, exchanging skills and collaborating on batiks.

On 7 and 21 August, join Annie to discover and learn the practice of wax-resist dying! Over the course this workshop, you'll receive a masterclass in letting the process lead the way and, under Annie’s guidance, will be taught the following skills:

How to prepare a frame
How to pin-up fabric
How to hold a tjanting/canting and how to use it with wax
How to apply wax with a brush
How to mix dyes
How to dye-up dyes
How to freely paint on dyes
How to iron-out wax

At the end of the workshop, you'll take home your new skill, plus up to two completed works of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem!

Find out more and book: http://bit.ly/whatsonworkshops

Annie Phillips has been a modern batik artist for most of her adult life. She has worked and trained with artists in both Ghana and Indonesia, exchanging skills and collaborating on batiks.

On 7 and 21 August, join Annie to discover and learn the practice of wax-resist dying! Over the course this workshop, you'll receive a masterclass in letting the process lead the way and, under Annie’s guidance, will be taught the following skills:

How to prepare a frame
How to pin-up fabric
How to hold a tjanting/canting and how to use it with wax
How to apply wax with a brush
How to mix dyes
How to dye-up dyes
How to freely paint on dyes
How to iron-out wax

At the end of the workshop, you'll take home your new skill, plus up to two completed works of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem!

Find out more and book: http://bit.ly/whatsonworkshops

A reminder that you can rediscover many of our past exhibitions online, at any time, with our Events on Demand! Join Hea...
20/07/2021

A reminder that you can rediscover many of our past exhibitions online, at any time, with our Events on Demand! Join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft to explore the content, curation and behind the scenes stories of exhibitions including The World of Anna Sui, The Jazz Age and Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol.

Events on Demand cost just £5 to stream. Find out more and watch: https://bit.ly/eventsondemand

Following the most recent advice from government in relation to COVID-19, from Tuesday 20 July, face coverings will no l...
19/07/2021

Following the most recent advice from government in relation to COVID-19, from Tuesday 20 July, face coverings will no longer be mandatory when visiting the Fashion and Textile Museum. However, we will continue to strongly encourage their use.

From this date, you will also be able to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum in a group of any size, from any number of households and will not be required to check in using the NHS Test and Trace app. However, we will continue to strongly encourage you to do so.

As we introduce these changes, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff remains our number one priority. As such, moving forward, increased cleaning routines, hand sanitiser stations and one-way systems will remain in place. We ask that you assist us in making your visit safe by not attending if you, or anyone that you have recently been in contact with, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and by continuing to always treat other visitors and our staff with respect.

We have so enjoyed seeing you back at the Fashion and Textile Museum in recent weeks and look forward to safely welcoming many more of you in the days and weeks to come.

Read our full, updated visiting guidance: https://www.ftmlondon.org/visiting-guidance/

Following the most recent advice from government in relation to COVID-19, from Tuesday 20 July, face coverings will no longer be mandatory when visiting the Fashion and Textile Museum. However, we will continue to strongly encourage their use.

From this date, you will also be able to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum in a group of any size, from any number of households and will not be required to check in using the NHS Test and Trace app. However, we will continue to strongly encourage you to do so.

As we introduce these changes, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff remains our number one priority. As such, moving forward, increased cleaning routines, hand sanitiser stations and one-way systems will remain in place. We ask that you assist us in making your visit safe by not attending if you, or anyone that you have recently been in contact with, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and by continuing to always treat other visitors and our staff with respect.

We have so enjoyed seeing you back at the Fashion and Textile Museum in recent weeks and look forward to safely welcoming many more of you in the days and weeks to come.

Read our full, updated visiting guidance: https://www.ftmlondon.org/visiting-guidance/

Would you be interested in joining our volunteer programme? We're looking for new team members!Volunteering at the Fashi...
17/07/2021

Would you be interested in joining our volunteer programme? We're looking for new team members!

Volunteering at the Fashion and Textile Museum is a fantastic way to develop your skills, while making an invaluable contribution to our work and enhancing the experience of our visitors.

Our Visitor Services Volunteers are the face of the Museum and help to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors. They deliver excellent customer service by assisting in three customer facing areas of the Museum – at Front of House, in our Shop and in our Gallery.

Find out more about becoming a Visitor Services Volunteer: https://www.ftmlondon.org/opportunities/

Would you be interested in joining our volunteer programme? We're looking for new team members!

Volunteering at the Fashion and Textile Museum is a fantastic way to develop your skills, while making an invaluable contribution to our work and enhancing the experience of our visitors.

Our Visitor Services Volunteers are the face of the Museum and help to provide a warm welcome to all our visitors. They deliver excellent customer service by assisting in three customer facing areas of the Museum – at Front of House, in our Shop and in our Gallery.

Find out more about becoming a Visitor Services Volunteer: https://www.ftmlondon.org/opportunities/

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom not only explores the history of this iconic textile, but also its modern incarnations.In creati...
16/07/2021

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom not only explores the history of this iconic textile, but also its modern incarnations.

In creating this 2017 piece artist Simone Post, in collaboration with Indian craftsmen and Dutch designers Pitchuka Srinivas, K. Gangadhar and K. Narsaiah, went in search of new techniques. Their patterns incorporate Indian chintz floral designs that also illustrate the technique that was used to make each block. When printed, each technique reveals its own visual character. In this way, the unique qualities of each technique can be compared.

Book your ticket to discover more: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom not only explores the history of this iconic textile, but also its modern incarnations.

In creating this 2017 piece artist Simone Post, in collaboration with Indian craftsmen and Dutch designers Pitchuka Srinivas, K. Gangadhar and K. Narsaiah, went in search of new techniques. Their patterns incorporate Indian chintz floral designs that also illustrate the technique that was used to make each block. When printed, each technique reveals its own visual character. In this way, the unique qualities of each technique can be compared.

Book your ticket to discover more: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

Just in case Gareth Southgate is considering a return to waistcoats later today, we thought we'd throw a particularly dr...
11/07/2021

Just in case Gareth Southgate is considering a return to waistcoats later today, we thought we'd throw a particularly dramatic example from our collection in to the mix! We may not know much about football, but we DO know exquisite tailoring when we see it!

Originally on show during our 2008 exhibition, Billy: Bill Gibbs Moment In Time, this full outfit is comprised of a multicoloured jacket in striped lurex, halter neck waistcoat and lurex mid-length skirt. The jacket and skirt feature silver sequins and braiding, while the n**e chiffon lined waistcoat is covered in silver sequins and finished with iridescent glass buttons. When debuted as part of Bill Gibb's SS1977 show, the outfit was accompanied by a black velvet bow-tie.

So, what do we think? One for the England manager's consideration tonight?

It's time for another online event!On Thursday 5 August join textile artist Lynne Stein, as she shares her practice and ...
10/07/2021

It's time for another online event!

On Thursday 5 August join textile artist Lynne Stein, as she shares her practice and discusses her new book, Shedding the Shackles: Women’s Empowerment through Craft.

Shedding the Shackles offers a fascinating glimpse into women’s craft enterprises and the positive impact their individual projects have on providing a sustainable lifestyle. Throughout the book, Lynne tells the stories of twelve women’s craft initiatives, with an emphasis upon age-old matriarchal traditions and techniques, indigenous materials, and the positive impact their projects have on the route to breaking the poverty cycle, and addressing gender inequality.

Lynne will begin the evening with a look inside her studio, exploring her tools, techniques and the motivation behind Shedding the Shackles. Next, Lynne will share extracts from her book, presenting a selection of the objects it features and sharing their stories. Finally, there will be an opportunity to ask questions; to discover more about Lynne, her work and her experiences of celebrating the artisanal excellence of women in craft.

Book your £5 ticket: https://bit.ly/2VkqJO2

It's time for another online event!

On Thursday 5 August join textile artist Lynne Stein, as she shares her practice and discusses her new book, Shedding the Shackles: Women’s Empowerment through Craft.

Shedding the Shackles offers a fascinating glimpse into women’s craft enterprises and the positive impact their individual projects have on providing a sustainable lifestyle. Throughout the book, Lynne tells the stories of twelve women’s craft initiatives, with an emphasis upon age-old matriarchal traditions and techniques, indigenous materials, and the positive impact their projects have on the route to breaking the poverty cycle, and addressing gender inequality.

Lynne will begin the evening with a look inside her studio, exploring her tools, techniques and the motivation behind Shedding the Shackles. Next, Lynne will share extracts from her book, presenting a selection of the objects it features and sharing their stories. Finally, there will be an opportunity to ask questions; to discover more about Lynne, her work and her experiences of celebrating the artisanal excellence of women in craft.

Book your £5 ticket: https://bit.ly/2VkqJO2

What're you doing this Friday? A last minute place has just become available on our ever-popular Copy Your Clothes works...
07/07/2021

What're you doing this Friday? A last minute place has just become available on our ever-popular Copy Your Clothes workshop!

You'll spend the day learning the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments, without the need to pull them apart. So, if there's a favourite dress you've always wished was available in another print, now's your chance to master the techniques to make it happen!

Find out more about Copy Your Clothes, book your ticket and discover what's in place to keep everyone safe during our workshops: https://bit.ly/copyyourclothesjuly

What're you doing this Friday? A last minute place has just become available on our ever-popular Copy Your Clothes workshop!

You'll spend the day learning the skills used by couture fashion houses to copy elements of historical garments, without the need to pull them apart. So, if there's a favourite dress you've always wished was available in another print, now's your chance to master the techniques to make it happen!

Find out more about Copy Your Clothes, book your ticket and discover what's in place to keep everyone safe during our workshops: https://bit.ly/copyyourclothesjuly

New in the online shop: chintz totes and tea towels!These exclusive products are printed with two of the many intricate ...
03/07/2021

New in the online shop: chintz totes and tea towels!

These exclusive products are printed with two of the many intricate designs featured throughout Chintz: Cotton in Bloom. The first, a palampore or wall hanging, created in India between 1700 - 1725. The second, a morning gown in the ‘Japanese style’, painted with a prunus and pine tree motif and lined with two types of simple, printed Indian cotton, dating from the same period.

Discover chintz-inspired products, and support the Fashion and Textile Museum: https://bit.ly/shopfashiontextile

Did you know that the Fashion and Textile Museum is operated by Newham College? Or that Newham College's renowned fashio...
28/06/2021

Did you know that the Fashion and Textile Museum is operated by Newham College? Or that Newham College's renowned fashion and tailoring department offers a wide range of further education courses?

Studying fashion & tailoring can lead to a career in garment production, technical innovation or consumer analytics and leadership. Jobs range from pattern cutting, fashion design, garment manufacture to merchandising, buying and supply chain management. To date, 100% of learners who apply have been offered university places!

Find out more about what's on offer this September: https://www.newham.ac.uk/courses/fashion-tailoring

Did you know that the Fashion and Textile Museum is operated by Newham College? Or that Newham College's renowned fashion and tailoring department offers a wide range of further education courses?

Studying fashion & tailoring can lead to a career in garment production, technical innovation or consumer analytics and leadership. Jobs range from pattern cutting, fashion design, garment manufacture to merchandising, buying and supply chain management. To date, 100% of learners who apply have been offered university places!

Find out more about what's on offer this September: https://www.newham.ac.uk/courses/fashion-tailoring

Led by Zandra Rhodes’ dress maker, Jolanta Cerniauskiene, Couture Techniques is a 1-day workshop, designed to give you t...
26/06/2021

Led by Zandra Rhodes’ dress maker, Jolanta Cerniauskiene, Couture Techniques is a 1-day workshop, designed to give you the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics - and we've just added five new dates!

Using a domestic sewing machine, you'll learn a range of techniques, such as French seam, pin hem, machine rolled hem with and without fishline, bias cut binding, button loops, satin stitch and pockets. A good fit for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine, you'll come away from this workshop with your own samples for every technique learnt!

Book your tickets: https://bit.ly/2EDGp6R

A reminder: all our workshops are conducted in line with the 'rule of six', with face coverings, social distancing and hand sanitiser in place. All equipment and furniture are sanitised regularly, wherever possible each participant is given single use of equipment and gloves are available at all times.

Led by Zandra Rhodes’ dress maker, Jolanta Cerniauskiene, Couture Techniques is a 1-day workshop, designed to give you the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics - and we've just added five new dates!

Using a domestic sewing machine, you'll learn a range of techniques, such as French seam, pin hem, machine rolled hem with and without fishline, bias cut binding, button loops, satin stitch and pockets. A good fit for anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine, you'll come away from this workshop with your own samples for every technique learnt!

Book your tickets: https://bit.ly/2EDGp6R

A reminder: all our workshops are conducted in line with the 'rule of six', with face coverings, social distancing and hand sanitiser in place. All equipment and furniture are sanitised regularly, wherever possible each participant is given single use of equipment and gloves are available at all times.

What're you doing tomorrow? A last minute space has just become available on our Fabric Painting workshop!In this one-da...
22/06/2021

What're you doing tomorrow? A last minute space has just become available on our Fabric Painting workshop!

In this one-day workshop, you'll start by playing on paper, with guidance on how to consider shape, colour, motifs and form. Next, textile pattern-painter Sarah Campbell Designs - SCLtd will guide you through understanding mark making, colour balance and tonal contrast. You’ll be encouraged to consider your own colour harmonies and spend time experimenting with colourfast textile inks on fabric. Under Sarah's guidance, you’ll leave this workshop with enough hand painted cloth to perk up your home and make 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 – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home, all in a socially distanced environment.

Find out more and book your ticket: http://bit.ly/2UGq9ZK

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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 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm

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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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