Archive | Touring exhibitions

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020

The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London.

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight more than 50 key looks, as well as 30 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Exhibition on Tour

Upcoming venue:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK | from November 2021

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant

 8 February – 2 June 2019

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venue:
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, UK | 15 July 2020 – 9 January 2021

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

12 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

Following the success of 2017’s 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, we are thoroughly excited to announce our Winter 2018 exhibition: Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs!

As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens.

The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will traverse the great period of social change that was the 1930s.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venue:
American Museum and Gardens, Bath, UK | 14 March – 20 December 2020


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. T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION highlights the multi-faceted role of this humble garment. From men’s underclothes to symbol of rock and roll rebellion, through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be.

The exhibition will feature a private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days of Let it Rock, Sex, and Seditionaries, through to the designers most recent collections, Active Resistance to Propaganda and Climate Revolution. This group of rare objects will form a central installation of the exhibition, accompanied by an introduction to the historical biography of the T-shirt and an insight into its technological advances, mapped through sections focusing on contemporary design.

Curated and organized in partnership with The Civic, Barnsley.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venues:
Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn, UK | October 2019
La Roca Village, Barcelona, Spain | 18 April – 25 June 2019
The Civic, Barnsley, UK | 23 June – 22 September 2018

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

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. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel.

Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic ‘Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. This exhibition is a must-see opportunity for everyone interested in the changing look of the 21st century environment.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venues:
Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK | 12 October 2019 – 5 January 2020
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, UK | 7 February – 29 June 2019
Norwich University East Gallery, Norwich, UK | 30 October 2018 – 5 January 2019


The World of Anna Sui

26 May – 1 October 2017

Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. 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.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition will be available to hire from May 2022, please get in touch to find out more.

Current venue:
NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, USA | 28 February – 3 October 2021

Previous venues:
Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China | 6 June – 30 August 2020
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA | 12 September 2019 – 23 February 2020
TV Asahi, Tokyo, Japan | 14 July – 19 August 2018

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

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. An exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venues:
Hadeland Glassverk, Jevnaker, Norway | 31 August – 20 October 2019
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands| 3 December 2015 – 6 March 2016
The Civic, Barnsley, UK | 5 September – 13 November 2015
Falkenbergs Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden | 14 February – 17 May 2015

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

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.

The exhibition features examples of key European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art; as well as the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before.

Exhibition on Tour
This exhibition is currently available for hire, please get in touch to find out more.

Previous venues:
Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China | October 2019
Modern Art Museum, Shanghai, China | May – September 2019
New Lanark, World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, UK | 26 January – 29 April 2018
Textilmuseet, Borås, Sweden | 16 April – 25 September 2016
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, Canada | 2 May – 4 October 2015
American Textile History Museum, Lowell, USA | 21 November 2014 – 29 March 2015
TextielMuseum, Tilburg, The Netherlands | 14 June – 14 September 2014

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