Talks & Events


Free* | Orla Kiely Exhibition Highlights Tour

Wednesdays and Fridays from 30 May | 1pm

Join one of the Museum team to take a trip through the highlights of the exhibition Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern.

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Uneasy Heads – Royalty and their Hats

Thursday 21 June / 6pm–8pm

Hats have had strong economic and social implications, and even if we no longer feel obliged to wear one, a hat is still a dramatic personal signature. For royalty, whose image is public property, headgear must suggest not only style and glamour but also dignity of office.

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Thursday Fizz: An evening adventure in to A Life in Pattern

Thursday 28 June / 5pm–8pm

Join us on Thursday 28 June from 5pm to enter an immersive installation and be absorbed in the kaleidoscopic colours and rhythms of Orla Kiely’s world of pattern. Your ticket for this evening viewing includes a glass of bubbly, to be enjoyed on your journey through this colourful and engaging look at the life and work of Orla Kiely.

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Vintage: From Passion to Business With Kate Beavis

Thursday 5 July | 6pm–8pm

Kate Beavis has been collecting vintage fashion since the late 1980s, but it wasn't until 2008 that she decided to make it her business. In this insightful talk, she will share how to turn a passion into a successful business, and share the wins as well as the watch outs so you too can do the same.

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Couture Inside Out – 1950s Paris and London

Friday 6 July | 2pm-3:30pm (Sold Out)

Join Curator Dennis Nothdruft for an up-close and intimate look at key highlights from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection.

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The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design

Thursday 12 July / 6-8pm

Presented by lecturer, researcher and designer Alex Russell, and based on his book The Fundamentals of Textile Design, this talk will offer practical advice on building a portfolio of printed textiles and surface pattern designs.

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Botanical Inks

Thursday 19 July | 6-8pm

Join botanical dye expert Babs Behan for this fascinating talk, discussing where and how natural dyeing processes fit within today’s fashion industry and global movements such as Fibershed and Fashion Revolution.

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Fashion and Tailoring Open Day

Friday 27 July | 12pm–3pm

Newham College’s Fashion and Tailoring department is holding an interactive open day on Tuesday 29 May from 12pm – 3pm. The event will take place at the UK’s only museum dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion, The Fashion and Textile Museum at London Bridge.

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Indigo: Cultivate, Dye, Create

Thursday 2 August | 6-8pm

Indigo is one of the world’s most mystical yet widely used dyes and amongst the oldest to be used for textile dyeing and printing. In this practical and inspiring talk, textile experts Kerstin Neumüller and Douglas Luhanko will explore plant to pigment to garment, sharing their passion for this powerful and popular dye.

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How to Dress by Alexandra Fullerton

Thursday 6 September / 6pm–8pm

Join fashion insider and shopping fanatic Alexandra Fullerton as she reveals the tips and tricks that industry stalwarts swear by in putting their outfits together.

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