Talks & Events


Free* | Louise Dahl-Wolfe Photography Highlights Tour

Wednesdays and Fridays | 1pm

Join one of the Museum team to take a trip through the highlights of the exhibition Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of her Own.

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Couture Inside Out – 1950s Paris and London

Wednesday 22 November | 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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Post-War Fashion Illustration

Thursday 23 November | 6–8pm

Fashion Illustration is back in vogue. To coincide with the Louise Dahl-Wolfe photography exhibition, come and meet the fashion illustrators who graced the front covers and pages of the international fashion press during the post-war period.

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Free* | A Way Ahead – Ethical Khadi

Friday 24 November | 11:30am

Join experts from the Khadi UK initiative for this revealing talk and explore the potential of Khadi as an ethical and environmentally sustainable fabric.

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Vintage Costume Jewellery

Thursday 30 November | 6–8pm

Discover vintage costume jewellery, what to look for, where to find it, and how to restore it with expert collector Liz Wilson.

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The Dress Detective

Thursday 7 December | 6–8pm

Fancy combining a passion for fashion with Sherlock Holmes detective skills? Fashion is now being used as a key tool for reading historical evidence and dating photographs.

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Posin’ Family Dance Class

Thursday 28 December / 10.45am or 12noon

Learn how to strike a pose along with some basic jazz steps from the 1930s in this fun, one hour taster class for families.

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A-posin’ and A-strollin’ Dance Class

Saturday 6 January / 10.45am or 12noon

Join jazz dancer, Nikki Santilli, in a one-hour class to learn a classic Stroll from the 1950s. Social crazes of the rock ‘n’ roll era, strolls were enjoyed by everyone and a great way to socialise and strut your stuff!

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Style and Colour

Thursday 11 January 2018 | 6-8pm

This engaging lecture by design historian and author Michael Pick concentrates on Dahl-Wolfe’s colour work and examines her contribution to changing fashion by the use of favourite models and her involvement with influential editors and major designers including Dior.

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An Evening with Revival Retro

Thursday 18 January | 6–8pm

The Fashion and Textile Museum is pleased to once again welcome vintage-style fashion experts Revival Retro for an evening of Louise Dahl-Wolfe inspired fashion.

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Refuge Britain: Designers at work

Thursday 22 February 2018 | 6-8pm

A special viewing of a new documentary film that explores the impact of German-speaking refugees on textile and graphic design in Britain from the 1930s, when they arrived through the post-war years.

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Menswear Revolution: The Transformation of Contemporary Men’s Fashion

Thursday 5 April | 6-8pm

In this insightful talk on the transformation of Menswear from the millennium to the present day, author McCauley Bowstead questions the wider effect of contemporary menswear on gender, fashion and the body.

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The Future of Textiles: Textile Art 2028

Thursday 19 April | 6-8pm

Join us in welcoming the 62 Group for the first talk in a series of annual lectures at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

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Fashioning the Victorians

Thursday 26 April | 6–8pm

From corsets to crinolines, dandies to decadent ‘New Women’, fashions during the Victorian age were changing as fast as a steam locomotive.

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