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FTM Summer School starting this July - 6 July 2009

Whether having a ‘stay-cation’ in the UK or simply looking to expand your skills in fashion and textiles, why not try one of the FTM’s new Summer School courses? Open to anyone wanting to develop skills in a particular area and run by some of the best people in the business.

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Story of London: Pretty in pink, awesome in orange! - 27 June 2009

The Fashion & Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street is one of the few buildings in London that incorporates strong, vibrant colour into its architectural design. Zandra Rhodes, founder of the museum, and herself a  pioneer of the use of flamboyant colour, approached Mexican architect  Ricardo Legorreta to transform the building from its more humble former-persona (it was a 1950s warehouse), into the amazing beacon that it  is today. 

We are delighted that Antoni Malinowski is going to join us to talk about  the use of colour in architecture. Malinowski is mainly known as an artist,  but in recent years he has created some remarkable architectural  installations in London, notably a massive painted red wall that is a key part of the  re-designed Royal Court Theatre, and the colour scheme of the Coin Street  Community Centre. more

Story of London: Streets of style – Savile Row and the history of tailoring - 20 June 2009

Along with Petticoat Lane, Portobello Road, King’s Road and Carnaby Street, Savile Row must be one of London’s most famous streets. Interestingly, all these streets have a connection with clothing and fashion. Savile Row, however, is surely the crown prince of them all. 

The FTM is delighted renowned tailor Timothy Everest is able to join us to take us on a journey encompassing the history of Savile Row to the New Bespoke Movement, which he has been at the forefront of for the last decade. more

Undercover at the movies – A talk by Professor Stella Bruzzi - 13 June 2009

Remember Ann Bancroft in her black bra in The Graduate? Vivien Leigh having her corset laced as tight as possible in Gone With The Wind? Such memorable ‘underwear moments’ and many others, are analysed in this entertaining and revealing talk.

Professor Stella Bruzzi is Head of the Department of Film & Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She has written extensively on fashion, costume, gender and identity in film and television.   more

FTM at Clothes Show London - 29 May 2009

Clothes Show London, the world's largest fashion event, will feature leading fashion and beauty brands; a 2,500 seat Fashion Theatre and a host of celebrity and expert appearances over three days – the inaugural Clothes Show London looks set to launch with panache. Taking place at the ExCeL Exhibition and Conference Centre from 29 – 31 May 2009, Clothes Show London will be a mecca for every aspiring fashionista - offering a unique experience of shopping, indulgence, celebrity expert advice, catwalk shows and trend reports for the UK's largest fashion city.

Don't forget to join the FTM while you're there. We will be in attendance with a pop up shop where you can buy fantastic designer pieces from young designers stocked by the Shop@FTM, as well as a large selection of fashion related books and FTM merchandise.

Also at the FTM stand, catch an exclusive preview of our upcoming exhibition Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear.

Plus enter our prize draw where you can win a free curator's tour of the new exhibition, along with a short break in an area selected by Vogue as one of London's coolest quarters. The lucky winner and a friend will enjoy a luxury night at the Bermondsey Square Hotel including dinner at Alfie's Kitchen, the newly opened boutique hotel's fantastic restaurant. more

Jewellery is Enchanting, Jewellery is Gossiping - a talk with Sofia Björkman - 8 May 2009

Sofia Björkman is one of the founders of Platina, the influential Stockholm Gallery for contemporary jewellery. In this talk, Sofia Björkman will outline her ideas about jewellery as wearable art, the function of jewellery, prejudices and why jewellery affects people. She will also talk about her own work as a maker and designer of jewellery; her inspirations and sources – and how ideas become jewels. more

School holiday activities: The Quizzical - 17 April 2009

Ready, steady, go! Test your detective skills and see if you can spot the clues in the fun and fabulous FTM quiz. The Quizzical will take you on a hunt around the fashion gallery - if you can unravel the mystery tour, you'll make the score.

Ages: 7-10 year olds; £3.00 including entry into the exhibition.

School holiday activities: Fashion is your voice, Express Yourself - 17 April 2009

Explore fashion as a way of saying something new and exciting and push your imagination to its limits. Looking at ways that fashion uses fresh thinking, outrageous points of view and a sense of humour, the FTM challenges you to come up with a design that really expresses your ideas.
Warning: this workshop will make you think, it will make you laugh, but you will never look at fashion in the same way again.

Ages: 11-14 year olds; £6.00 including entry into the exhibition.

School holiday activities: Draw like a Designer! - 15 April 2009

School holiday activity.

Join an exciting and fun workshop with a professional fashion illustrator and learn to sketch like a pro. Workshop participants will work with templates to produce illustrations of designs from the FTM's current exhibition as well as original designs.

Ages: 10 -15 year-olds; £6.00 including entry into the exhibition.


Caught in the Act - a jewellery workshop with Pia Aleborg - 4 April 2009

Pia Aleborg designs distinctive and unusual jewellery that is often inspired by personal items like clothes, textiles, favourite pictures or knick-knacks. In this workshop Pia offers participants the opportunity to transform a disturbing, dull or perhaps a favourite object from daily life into a piece of jewellery. So bring as many personal items and materials as possible and leave with a surprising new piece of jewellery. more

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