Past Exhibitions & Displays

The World of Anna Sui

Exhibition Dates: 26 May – 1 October 2017

The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.


Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design

Display Dates: 25 April – 7 May 2017

‘Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design’ celebrates over 40 years of colourful design and unique expression by the Swedish designer and textile artist.


JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting

Exhibition Dates: 28 January – 7 May 2017

Explore the work of designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967) in the first-ever UK exhibition of his textiles. The Austrian-born architect moved to Sweden in 1933, where he developed his colourful brand of modernism, working with Estrid Ericson on furniture, glassware, lighting and interior design ideas.


Full Circle & Recycle – 21st Century Swedish Textiles

Display Dates: 28 January – 7 May 2017

Tom Hedqvist, a founding member of the Swedish design collective 10-gruppen (formed 1970), curates the work of ten textile designers who represent 21st century Swedish design.


Festival of Textiles 2017

Display Dates: 28 January – 7 May 2017

Discover textile history, tradition, design and making at our spring series of displays, talks and workshops. Organised to coincide with the JOSEF FRANK exhibition, the Festival aims to illuminate contemporary practice and open minds to the ways in which textiles enrich lives.


1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs

Exhibition Dates: 23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

The 1920s JAZZ AGE exhibition presents a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929. With over 150 garments, this stunning selection reveals the glamour, excess, frivolity and modernity of the decade.


JAMES ABBE Photographer of the Jazz Age

Display Dates: 23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017

From Hollywood to the Folies Bergère, the glittering stars of the 1920s stage and screen are celebrated in this display of portraits by James Abbe. With perfect posture and knowing smiles, these magically-lit studies provide a candid commentary on early 20th century celebrity.


London Fashion Foundation Show

Display Dates: 16 – 18 September 2016

A display of menswear, womenswear, fashion textiles and costume by Newham College Fashion Foundation students, class of 2016.


London Design Festival: New Artist Textiles from Canada

Display Dates: 16–18 September 2016

This display presents fabric designs by 10 Canadian artists in conjunction with the London Design Festival 2016. Featuring artists Kim Adams, Jaime Angelopoulos, Bill Burns, Lyn Carter, Bonnie Devine, Ed Pien, Tazeen Qayyum, Anu Raina, Seth and Gary Taxali.



Exhibition Dates: 6 May – 4 September 2016

Explore the creative process of Italian fashion house 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 fine art


ART TEXTILES: Marian Clayden

Exhibition Dates: 11 March – 17 April 2016

A retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden. The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist (1937–2015) who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States.


Festival of Textiles 2016

Display Dates: 11 March – 17 April 2016

Discover textile history, tradition, design and making at the Fashion and Textile Museum Festival of Textiles. A series of displays, talks and workshops brings together some of the best and brightest textile developers, artists and designers now working in the UK.


Liberty in Fashion

Exhibition Dates: 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016

Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s.


The Art of Pattern

Display Dates: 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016

Design duo Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell energised Liberty’s textile collections for over 15 years. From scarves to fashion and furnishing fabrics, their painterly patterns paved the way for a vibrant new aesthetic in Liberty prints, including the hugely successful 'Bauhaus' range in 1972.


RAYNE Shoes for Stars

Display Dates: 22 May – 13 September 2015

Explore a century of sensational British shoes made from extraordinary materials and worn by the world’s most glamorous women, including Vivien Leigh, Marlene Dietrich and Brigitte Bardot. Awarded three Royal Warrants, Rayne made the shoes of Queen Elizabeth II including her wedding shoes.


Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart

Display Dates: 22 May – 27 August 2015

This display takes inspiration from the pages of Nautical Chic, the new publication by fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart. Charting the influence of the enduring archetypes of the sea on the history of style, from the Officer, the Sailor and the Fisherman, to the Sportsman and the Pirate, that have had a wide reaching impact throughout the course of fashion to contemporary design today.


RIVIERA STYLE Resort & Swimwear since 1900

Exhibition Dates: 22 May – 13 September 2015

From the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, Riviera Style celebrates fashion at its most fun. With swimsuits and sarongs, brightly patterned beach cover-ups, boat neck Bretons and beach pyjamas, palazzo pants and playsuits, bikinis and burkinis, the exhibition features over 100 years of clothes for leisure.


A Journey to the Riviera

Display Dates: 22 May – 13 September 2015

King & McGaw, the online art print store, has curated a display of Riviera-inspired prints selected from the archives of British Vogue, P&O Heritage and National Railway Museum to accompany the Riviera Style exhibition.


In Your Easter Bonnet …

Display dates: 2–19 April 2015

Be the grandest fellow this Easter holiday with the Fashion and Textile Museum’s Easter holiday bonnet competition and display. Take inspiration from an exciting array of Piers Atkinson hats to draw the ideal bonnet for 2015 and win yourself a range of fashion prizes.


MIRROR MAN Andrew Logan Portraits

Display dates: 6 February – 3 May 2015

This display of mirror portraits features Derek Jarman, Anita Roddick, Maria Callas and Marlene Dietrich. Andrew Logan belongs to a unique school of English eccentrics. His work crosses many areas including sculpture, performance art, jewellery, portraiture and painting.


THEA PORTER 70s Bohemian Chic

Exhibition Dates: 6 February – 3 May 2015

The first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter (1927–2000) who pioneered bohemian chic in the 1960s and 1970s. Her shop in Greek street, Soho opened in 1966 and instantly drew a rock and film star crowd of clients from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to Elizabeth Taylor


KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

Exhibition Dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

Inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald.


PATTERN Watts’ Architect Wallpapers 1870 to today

Display dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

The first-ever museum display on British textile and wallpaper company Watts & Co, ‘PATTERN Watts Architects’ Wallpaper’ celebrates 140 years of hand-blocked wallpapers. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian and author, the display reveals the history, characters and skills that are the lifeline of this very British company.


Knitwear in Fashion Photography

Display dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

A selection of fashion photographs by Norman Parkinson from the Norman Parkinson Archive. This display charts the increasing prominence of knitwear in 20th century fashion with iconic images commissioned by magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Queen as well as by knitwear companies.


How to Draw Vintage Fashion

Display dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

Vintage fashion is currently in vogue. This display coincides with the new book ‘How to Draw Vintage Fashion’ written by the Newham College Fashion and Textile Museum team and published by Thames & Hudson in October 2014.


Visionary Knitwear

Display dates: 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

A showcase of bold visions in contemporary fashion knitwear celebrating new graduate talent. The display features established names Julien Macdonald, Sister by Sibling, Juliana Sissons, Mark Fast, Lucas Nascimento,


MADE IN MEXICO The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion

Exhibition Dates: 6 June – 31 August 2014

The Fashion and Textile Museum stages the first-ever exhibition on the rebozo – the classic Mexican shawl made famous in 20th century culture by artist Frida Kahlo. Made in Mexico explores the key role textiles have played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present day.


El Intercambio Cultural / A Cultural Exchange

Display open until 31 August 2014

This display features 48 rebozos designed for the 21st century by students from Chelsea College of Art & Design and Universidad Iberoamericana. They are the outcome of an international exchange programme in which textile students from both institutions responded to the brief ‘Mestizos – A mix of culture’ to interpret the rebozo through the prism of Mexican culture.


ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Exhibition Dates: 31 January – 18 May 2014

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol.


MADE IN BRITAIN Walsh Trainers

Display Dates: 31 January – 17 May 2014

‘Made in Britain’ traces the unique history of Walsh trainers, currently the only wholly British owned, designed and manufactured sports footwear brand. Spanning over 50 years, the history of Walsh also illustrates how performance sportswear has become a fashion staple.


Sarah Campbell from start to finish

Display Dates: 31 January – 17 May 2014

‘from start to finish’ explores Sarah Campbell’s recent design journeys. The display is primarily concerned with the process of designing for textiles from commission and first thoughts – through sketches, roughs and artwork – to the finished product. ‘At heart, I love painting patterns, inventing designs’ says Sarah Campbell


Fiction in Fashion

Display Dates: 22 October 2013 – 11 January 2014

What have glamorous and fashionable women been reading since 1953? This new display showcases the paperback novels that proved most popular with women readers in post-war Britain. Curated by Sarah Vine, the selection of titles is drawn from the archives of Penguin Books and is displayed alongside glamorous designs by British couture house Bellville Sassoon.


The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

Exhibition Dates: 20 September 2013 – 11 January 2014

Bellville Sassoon has been synonymous with high fashion for over 50 years. As Britain’s foremost couture label from the 1960s onwards, founder Belinda Bellville with designers David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany, dressed many of the world’s most stylish women, including Diana, Princess of Wales.


Zandra Rhodes: Unseen

Exhibition Dates: 12 July 2013 - 31 August 2013

With spectacular textiles, ravishing dresses and original sketches, Zandra Rhodes Unseen presents a rare opportunity to explore the archive, studio and creative process of one of the world’s most distinctive designers.


Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

Exhibition Dates: 22 March - 29 June 2013

‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour’ is a celebration of the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft. This exhibition, the first in London since Kaffe Fassett’s record-breaking show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988, features over 100 works within a dramatic installation designed by Sue Timney.


Hartnell to Amies – Couture By Royal Appointment

Exhibition Dates: 16 November 2012 - 23 February 2013

'Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment' celebrates the timeless elegance of London couture and explores how the Queen’s patronage of ground-breaking British designers helped put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War.


POP! Design • Culture • Fashion

Exhibition Dates: 6 July 2012 - 27 October 2012

From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers through to the Punk era, this exhibition takes in the cool stylings of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 70s retro by designers such as Mr Freedom and Miss Mouse.


Designing Women – Post-War British Textiles

Exhibition Dates: 16 March 2012 - 16 June 2012

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – led this movement. ‘Designing Women’ explores these women’s pioneering role in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry.


Catwalk to Cover – A Front Row Seat

Exhibition Dates: 18 November 2011 - 25 February 2012

For many people the catwalk show is something exclusive, seemingly created for a few fashionistas that get to sit in the front row with the result a few outfits in magazines that they will never be able to afford. But there is much more to it than that and this exhibition at the FTM puts the whole process from catwalk to cover under the microscope.


Tommy Nutter – Rebel on the Row

Exhibition Dates: 20 May 2011 - 22 October 2011

This exhibition explores the Nutter style and also analyses the contribution of this legendary individual in the marketing and branding of a Savile Row company. A range of suits takes the viewer through the changes that Nutter introduced and places his work in the social and historical context of the late 60s to the 1990s.


Sue Timney and the Design of Timney-Fowler

Exhibition Dates: 19 November 2010 - 25 April 2011

2010 is the 30th anniversary of Timney-Fowler and is marked by an exhibition at the FTM - a retrospective of both Sue's career as a designer and her work with Timney-Fowler, featuring some unique and exclusive material in an exciting, bold display developed in collaboration with Sue.


Horrockses Fashion: Off the Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s

Exhibition Dates: 9 July 2010 - 28 October 2010

Horrockses Fashions Limited was the manufacturer of one of the most well-respected ready-to-wear labels of the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition follows the story of the Horrockses dress from initial fabric and fashion design, to production, promotion and consumption.


Very Sanderson – 150 Years of English Decoration

Exhibition Dates: 19 March 2010 - 13 June 2010

Sanderson was founded by Arthur Sanderson in 1860 and for the last 150 years has been at the forefront of English decoration - producing the first coordinated collection of mass-produced wallpapers and fabrics in Britain. Celebrating 150 years of the company this exhibition highlights the best of its archive as well as brand new collections.


Foale and Tuffin – Made in England

Exhibition Dates: 23 October 2009 - 24 February 2010

Foale and Tuffin - Made in England presents a vibrant and inspiring representation of two key British fashion designers of the 1960s and the part they played in creating the changing London scene.


Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear

Exhibition Dates: 12 June 2009 - 27 September 2009

FTM’s exciting exhibition Undercover traces the evolution of underwear from health garment, shape definer to fashion ‘must have’ - presenting a visual demonstration of how female underwear has evolved as women’s role in society changed.


Swedish Fashion: Exploring a New Identity

Exhibition Dates: 6 February 2009 - 17 May 2009

This exhibition showcases a new wave of Swedish design talent, with the work of thirteen fashion and jewellery designers who challenge the stereotypical picture of Swedish fashion as blonde, functional and minimal.


Billy: Bill Gibbs Moment In Time

Exhibition Dates: 24 October 2008 - 18 January 2009

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents a retrospective of the work of one of the most creative designers of 20th Century London fashion.


Little Black Dress

Exhibition Dates: 20 June 2008 - 25 August 2008

The Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates an icon of modern dressing – the Little Black Dress. This exciting exhibition traces the advent of this wardrobe staple, from its inception in the 1920s to today’s cutting edge creations.


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