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18 January 2010 - 24 February 2010

Debbie Moore, a famous model of the 60s, founded Pineapple Dance Studios in 1979 in London’s Covent Garden. Recognising a need for an accessible, affordable dance space, Moore soon found herself with a highly successful business.  Debbie also noticed another gap in the market.  Dancewear available at the time was Nylon Lycra and shiny performance wear. With this in mind, Moore approached DuPont in 1979 to develop a fabric that would change the way people dressed: cotton Lycra.

Among the looks created by Debbie Moore for the Pineapple label include the Body (pre-Donna Karan), the legging and the Boyfriend sweatshirt. She also designed the first range of cotton Lycra dresses; simple shapes in a fitted, easy-to-wear fabric that were unlike anything available to consumers at the time. The result was electric, influencing the fashion industry across the board as the progenitor of the “Body-Con” style. All of these designs have helped define the styles of their respective decades.

In recognition of 30 years of Pineapple, the Fashion and Textile Museum is showcasing key pieces from the Pineapple archives in the foyer gallery.

Exhibition info

The ‘30 Years of Pineapple’ exhibition is free and is hosted by the Fashion and Textile Museum, until 24th February 2010. Exhibition opening times are Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm with last admission at 5.15pm.

A number of workshops and activities will accompany the exhibition. For further information about these browse the FTM events listings here.

The showcase and supporting event programme are kindly supported by



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