Exhibitions & Displays

Current Exhibition

Louise Dahl–Wolfe: A Style of Her Own

Main Gallery: 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important female fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. This is the first major retrospective of her work in the UK, and a key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as leading contributor to Harper’s Bazaar.


Current Displays

Wallace Sewell: 25 Years of British Textile Design

Display Dates: 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Wallace Sewell is a woven textile design studio founded in 1992 by textile designers Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell. Combining rich colour palettes with colourful geometric forms


Harper’s Bazaar 150 – The First and Last Word in Fashion

Display Dates: 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

America's first fashion magazine, Harper's Bazaar has showcased the visions of legendary editors, photographers and stylists and featured the works of noted writers since 1867.


Forthcoming Exhibitions


Exhibition Dates: 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018

Explore the T-shirt in the 20th Century through this inspirational exhibition; charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet.


Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Exhibition Dates: 25 May – 23 September 2018

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable.


Forthcoming Displays

The Secret Life of Scissors

Display Dates: 9 February – 6 May 2018

This display explores the complex multiple lives of scissors; everyday objects, universal tools but also ambiguous ‘things’, surrounded by superstition, myth and symbolism.


T: The Typology of The T-Shirt

Display Dates: 9 February – 6 May 2018

In this remarkable compilation of photographs, Susan Barnett views her subjects through a single article of dress: the t-shirt.


Exhibitions on Tour

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion. Touring exhibitions to venues throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, North and Central America since 2004. more

Past Exhibitions & Displays

FTM Archive


2008-to present
Dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion and textiles our past exhibitions include Kaffe Fassett, Zandra Rhodes, Tommy Nutter, Sue Timney, Post-war British Textiles, Horrockses Fashion, Sanderson, Foale and Tuffin and many more

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