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. 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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Ready for a new online event? On 11 February our Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, will be in conversation with Tri...
29/01/2021

Ready for a new online event? On 11 February our Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, will be in conversation with Tricia Guild!

Designers Guild's products and design ethos have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes. Throughout this candid discussion, Dennis and Tricia will explore both Tricia’s personal inspirations, achievements and advice as a designer and her challenges, successes and goals as a businesswoman. You’ll hear from Tricia, in her own words, what it takes to build and maintain the iconic brand that is Designers Guild.

Book your £5 ticket: http://bit.ly/onlineeventtriciainconvo

As a highly sought-after material, chintz has been carefully preserved and collected through the ages; when items were e...
27/01/2021

As a highly sought-after material, chintz has been carefully preserved and collected through the ages; when items were eventually worn out, many were taken apart and recycled into something new. Despite this, as a delicate fabric so commonly produced for consumption outside its country of origin, historical chintz is sadly no longer commonly found in India.

However, examples did survive in family legacies in Europe, many of which have since been gifted to the Fries Museum, where Chintz: Cotton in Bloom was originally displayed. From 12 March, we're delighted to be bringing these exquisite garments and textiles to the UK for the very first time!

Book your tickets: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

Image: Coat and dress for women. Cotton, painted with chintz technique, India ca. 1750. Jacket: collection Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden. Dress: Museum of Friesland Leeuwarden – collection Fries Genootschap. Photo © Photostudio Noorderblik.

Nearly ready for Orla Kiely in Conversation this Thursday? Feeling a little nostalgic for her exhibition, A Life in Patt...
26/01/2021

Nearly ready for Orla Kiely in Conversation this Thursday? Feeling a little nostalgic for her exhibition, A Life in Pattern? The exhibition's accompanying book and poster are now available on our online shop!

Shop now: https://bit.ly/shopfashiontextile

Cath Kidston in Conversation is now available On Demand!In celebration of her latest book, A Place Called Home, the ‘Que...
24/01/2021

Cath Kidston in Conversation is now available On Demand!

In celebration of her latest book, A Place Called Home, the ‘Queen of Print’ Cath Kidston is in conversation with curator Teresa Collenette. In this intimate discussion, which originally took pace on 19 November 2020, Cath delves into her creative process and shares the reasons behind her design choices. Equipped with stories, a wealth of experience and expert advice, she reveals how anyone can transform a house into a home.

Watch now: http://bit.ly/cathkidstonOD

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), or Schiap, as she liked to be known (she hated her Christian name) produced clothes that ...
22/01/2021

Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), or Schiap, as she liked to be known (she hated her Christian name) produced clothes that were not just beautiful, but whimsical and interesting. She believed that clothes should be architectural ‘that the body must never be forgotten and it must be used as a frame is used in a building’ and so construction was always of prime importance.

One of Schiaparelli's most iconic designs is the 'zodiac jacket', originally produced as part of her fall 1938 collection. Embroidered by founders of Maison Lesage, Albert and Marie-Louise Lesage, the midnight-blue velvet jacket brings the charisma of the whole Universe right in to the closet with embroidered stars, planets and all the 12 zodiac signs. Embellished with gold thread and star-shaped beads, the jacket also glitters with glass shooting stars with embroidered comet tails. Edged with rhinestones and crimped with metal strip, it is also sprinkled with minuscule glass bugle beaded stardust.

Undoubtedly, it is one of the most beautiful of all Schiaparelli’s creations. Wearing the zodiac ensemble, American actress and singer, Marlene Dietrich was photographed in her Beverly Hills residence in 1938. The designer was inspired by the night sky that she used to view as a child through her uncle’s telescope.

Extract from How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer, by Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft. Words and images Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Shop How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer: http://bit.ly/drawlikeadesigner

21/01/2021
Orla Kiely in Conversation

There's just a week to go until Orla Kiely joins our Head of Exhibitions for our next In Conversation!

In this rare opportunity, hear about Orla’s journey from her first collection of hats presented at London Fashion Week in 1994, to the successful worldwide brand known and loved today. Discover the inspirations behind Orla’s designs; the patterns of the 1950s and 1960s, and designers such as Mary Quant, Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day.

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

Are you ready for our next Online Event?!This Friday at 1pm, Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft delves into the 1960s,...
20/01/2021

Are you ready for our next Online Event?!

This Friday at 1pm, Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft delves into the 1960s, with a look back at the exhibition Foale & Tuffin: Made in England!

Foale and Tuffin: Made in England charts the very personal story of two women who set up on their own, with just a lot of courage and £200 in their pockets, and went on to become two key British fashion designers of the 1960s!

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

Ahead of our upcoming Online Event, Missoni: Art Colour, we're looking back at the exhibition that inspired the event!Op...
19/01/2021

Ahead of our upcoming Online Event, Missoni: Art Colour, we're looking back at the exhibition that inspired the event!

Open our Exhibitions Archive to explore the creative process of Italian fashion house Missoni, and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the context of 20th century fine art. One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion.

Discover: https://bit.ly/missoniblog
Book your Online Event ticket: https://bit.ly/onlineeventsmissoni

Did you know that the creation of chintz requires no less than 17 phases, using metal salts, vegetable dyes, hand-painti...
17/01/2021

Did you know that the creation of chintz requires no less than 17 phases, using metal salts, vegetable dyes, hand-painting and hand-carved printing blocks? For this reason, the traditional techniques used in India to produce chintz were time consuming and complex and sadly, are now nearly extinct.

Discover more about the techniques of Chintz with our latest blog post: https://bit.ly/chintztechniquesblog

Image: Detail of palempore. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1700-1725. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik.

We've just added a brand new Online Event!Join Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, as he looks back at one of the Mus...
15/01/2021

We've just added a brand new Online Event!

Join Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, as he looks back at one of the Museum’s most popular exhibitions, Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol, originally exhibited in 2014.

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 will discuss some of the key pieces featured as part of the display and their relationship to European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art.

Find out more and book your £5 ticket: http://bit.ly/onlineeventartisttextiles

A huge thank you, from all at the Fashion and Textile Museum, to everyone who liked, shared, booked, shopped and donated...
13/01/2021

A huge thank you, from all at the Fashion and Textile Museum, to everyone who liked, shared, booked, shopped and donated in response to our last post! We are so grateful for the unprecedented support we've received!

Sadly, there is still much more to be done to secure the future of the Fashion and Textile Museum. While our team are working hard on this behind the scenes we ask, if you are able, that you continue to support us in any way you can.

Donate: http://bit.ly/fashiontextiledonate
Book: http://bit.ly/fashiontextileexhibitions
Shop: http://bit.ly/fashiontextileshop
Watch: http://bit.ly/watchonlineevents
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CAN YOU HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM?The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in th...
09/01/2021

CAN YOU HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM?

The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. We receive no government funding and, like many similar institutions, have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Now, as we face more weeks of closure, we are asking for your help.

Please consider supporting the Fashion and Textile Museum in any way you are able. Every donation made, ticket purchased and post shared will assist us in securing the Museum’s future. Each and every act of support will be so gratefully received.

Donate: http://bit.ly/fashiontextiledonate
Book: http://bit.ly/fashiontextileexhibitions
Shop: http://bit.ly/fashiontextileshop
Watch: http://bit.ly/watchonlineevents
Read: https://bit.ly/fashiontextileblog
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ON THE BLOG | The Techniques of ChintzDid you know the word chintz refers to a technique, rather than to the fabric itse...
07/01/2021

ON THE BLOG | The Techniques of Chintz

Did you know the word chintz refers to a technique, rather than to the fabric itself? As we look ahead to Chintz: Cotton in Bloom, we thought it would be fitting to explore the techniques used to create the textiles.

Discover: http://bit.ly/chintztechniquesblog

Just over a week to go until our Online Events programme resumes with The 62 Group of Textile Artists and The Skill of N...
03/01/2021

Just over a week to go until our Online Events programme resumes with The 62 Group of Textile Artists and The Skill of Narrative & Stitched Textiles!

Emily Jo Gibbs will investigate how, by taking the time to slowly describe someone in stitch, you convey your admiration. Celebrating people who make things by the investment of time in making their portraits, a quiet, thoughtful act of care and value.

While Richard McVetis explores a 15-year fascination and obsession with a single stitch technique. Richard will discuss how the expressive properties of this process have enabled him to visualise abstract concepts such as Time and Space.

Book: https://bit.ly/onlineeventsstitchedtextiles

Ready for our newest online event?! Delve into the 1960s with a look back at the exhibition Foale & Tuffin: Made in Engl...
02/01/2021

Ready for our newest online event?! Delve into the 1960s with a look back at the exhibition Foale & Tuffin: Made in England, curated by Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft in 2009/10.

Through this online talk, Dennis will explore the work of these two influential designers who were at the heart of the cultural explosion in London in the sixties. The Foale and Tuffin label was what cool girls wore – colourful, pop-inspired mini-dresses and trend-setting trouser suits were just some of the key pieces that were ahead of their time in developing popular, desirable fashion.

Book your £5 ticket: http://bit.ly/onlineeventsfoaleandtuffin

New year, new exhibitions!Having been rescheduled, we're delighted to announce that Beautiful People: The Boutique in 19...
01/01/2021

New year, new exhibitions!

Having been rescheduled, we're delighted to announce that Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture will now open on 3 September 2021, with tickets on sale now!

Book: http://bit.ly/beautifulpeopletickets

Beautiful People will explore fabulous and rare examples from the era-defining stores of Chelsea's 1960s boutiques. The exhibition will examine the revolutionary designs and shared free spirit of Granny Takes A Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Mr Fish, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more. Designs worn by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix will be displayed as part of recreations of these iconic stores.

Image: The Fool designs inside The Beatle's Apple Boutique, 1967. Copyright Karl Ferris.

We may not be going anywhere this evening, but we know what we'd like to be wearing to the living room!This Bill Gibb en...
31/12/2020

We may not be going anywhere this evening, but we know what we'd like to be wearing to the living room!

This Bill Gibb ensemble dates from Spring/Summer 1977. Comprised of a striped lurex multicoloured jacket, nude chiffon lined halter neck waistcoat and striped lurex multicoloured skirt, this outfit was was originally worn on the catwalk with a black velvet bow-tie. The jacket includes silver sequins on a chiffon collar and cuffs and the waistcoat features iridescent, glass buttons. Both the jacket and mid-length, straight skirt are decorated with silver braid.

A real New Years Eve showstopper!

Images: Fashion and Textile Museum Collection.

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of iconic designer, Pierre Cardin. Known for his avant-garde style, Space A...
30/12/2020

We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of iconic designer, Pierre Cardin. Known for his avant-garde style, Space Age designs & geometric shapes, Cardin redefined designing for the female form. Although best known for creating the styles of the 1960s, his ongoing influence on fashion cannot be overstated.

New to our Online Events programme, Missoni: Art & Colour! Join us for this Online Event and discover the creative proce...
29/12/2020

New to our Online Events programme, Missoni: Art & Colour!

Join us for this Online Event and discover the creative process of Italian fashion house, Missoni, and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, in the context of 20th century fine art. One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art, making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion.

Book your £5 ticket to discover more: http://bit.ly/onlineeventsmissoni

At the height of it's popularity, chintz was referred to as 'cotton gold'. This highly-prized textile was so well-loved ...
28/12/2020

At the height of it's popularity, chintz was referred to as 'cotton gold'. This highly-prized textile was so well-loved that it was used to create a plethora of objects.

Reflecting this, Cotton in Bloom will feature over 150 highly varied examples, including tiny children’s mittens, grand wall hangings, stylish mourning dresses, an 18th-century precursor to today’s bra and a display of fabulously stylish, 18th-century sun hats.

Pre-book your tickets: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom
We know planning a visit can be more complex than usual just now. So, create an account when you book and if you need to rearrange your visit, you'll be able to do so yourself in just a few clicks!

Image: Sun hat © photostudio Noorderblik

It's not long now until our Online Events programme gets started again and we're very much looking forward to 28 January...
27/12/2020

It's not long now until our Online Events programme gets started again and we're very much looking forward to 28 January, when Orla Kiely will be joining us for our next In Conversation!

In this rare opportunity, hear about Orla’s journey from her first collection of hats presented at London Fashion Week in 1994, to the successful worldwide brand known and loved today. Discover the inspirations behind Orla’s designs; the patterns of the 1950s and 1960s, and designers such as Mary Quant, Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day.

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

Fancy a change from the box sets? Explore Liberty London and the Influence of the East, with Head of Exhibitions, Dennis...
26/12/2020

Fancy a change from the box sets? Explore Liberty London and the Influence of the East, with Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft.

Now available On Demand, enjoy a fascinating look at the early days of Liberty & Co, at a time and place that works for you. Explore the brand’s place in design history as Dennis discusses the import of Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the opening of the iconic Tudor building in 1924.

Watch now: http://bit.ly/libertyOD

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!Image: Women’s jacket. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India...
25/12/2020

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Image: Women’s jacket. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1775-1790. Fries Museum Leeuwarden – loan Ottema-Kingma Foundation. Photo Studio Noorderblik.

In honour of one of our favourite Christmas Day outfits, here's a look back 2020's most read blog post: The Evolution of...
24/12/2020
The Evolution of Pyjamas

In honour of one of our favourite Christmas Day outfits, here's a look back 2020's most read blog post: The Evolution of Pyjamas!

https://bit.ly/pyjamaevolutionblog

Since many of us are currently spending a lot more time at home, we’re all probably spending a little more time than usual in our pyjamas – we know we are. Given that they’re currently …

Anna Sui is one of fashion’s great storytellers, with her own passions and dedicated research informing her work. As an ...
23/12/2020

Anna Sui is one of fashion’s great storytellers, with her own passions and dedicated research informing her work. As an iconic designer, we're delighted that we can now bring you Anna Sui's stories On Demand!

Join Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft, at a time & place that works for you, to explore key moments in Sui's career, including the infamous Grunge collections of the early 90s, and her recurring love affair with rock and roll.

Watch now: http://bit.ly/annasuiOD

In need of a little extra festive sparkle? Explore the glamour of the 1930s with Night and Day, 1930s Fashion for a Chan...
22/12/2020

In need of a little extra festive sparkle? Explore the glamour of the 1930s with Night and Day, 1930s Fashion for a Changing Society.

The 1930s was a decade of unprecedented change across society, and the fashions of the times reflect these shifts in culture. This talk explores how the changing realities of the global economy, transport and travel, nightlife and cinema influenced the iconic style of the 1930s.

Join Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft, for this talk at a time and place that works for you, with our new Events On Demand!

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

The complicated technical craftsmanship required to fix bright dyes to cotton, devised across centuries and using comple...
21/12/2020

The complicated technical craftsmanship required to fix bright dyes to cotton, devised across centuries and using complex chemical formulae, meant that for many years Chintz was a closely guarded secret, or preserve of the elite.

However, by the 18th century, chintz had become more widely accessible. The lightweight, washable, gaily coloured and boldly patterned cottons eventually became a sensation throughout England and across Europe. These developments resulted in the intricate, colourful flowers of chintz fabric being cherished and preserved by generations.

Ready to discover more about chintz? Book your tickets to Chintz: Cotton in Bloom, opening 12 March 2021: http://bit.ly/chintzcottoninbloom

Image: Girls jacket with millefleur pattern; below a hand-painted girl’s chintz petticoat. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1725-1775, jacket about 1760. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik.

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Friday 11:00 - 16:00
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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