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Past Exhibitions


6 July 2012 - 27 October 2012

The impact of music, art and celebrity on fashion from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk.... more

Exhibition Dates: 6 Jul - 27 Oct 2012
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Last Admissions 5.15pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Ticket Price:
£7 for adults
£5 for students and concessions
50% off full price ticket for Art Fund members

Tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit or in advance by telephone. Tickets are subject to availability; no booking fee applies. Exhibition ticket booking line: 020 7407 8664

Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

16 March 2012 - 16 June 2012

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – led this movement. ‘Designing Women’ explores these women’s pioneering role in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry. more

Exhibition Dates: 16 March - 16 June 2012
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Last Admissions 5.15pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Ticket Price: £7 / £5 for eligible concessions
Includes entry to FTM displays

Tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit or in advance by telephone. Tickets are subject to availability; no booking fee applies. Exhibition ticket booking line: 020 7407 8664

© Kirstin Sinclair

Catwalk to Cover: A Front Row Seat

18 November 2011 - 25 February 2012

Through a series of candid photographs from top catwalk photographers and with exclusive back stage access covering all the different elements that make up the catwalk shows - Backstage, Front Row, Catwalk and Street Style - the viewer will get an insight into the often chaotic world that makes up the apparently glamorous fashion shows we see on TV and in magazines. Visitors will get a look at some of the more unusual catwalk moments captured by the photographers working at shows: from some of the most well-known in the business including Karl Largerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs.

Tommy Nutter: Rebel on the Row

20 May 2011 - 22 October 2011

When Nutters opened in 1969 on Savile Row, the staid and traditional world of bespoke tailoring entered a new era. Tommy Nutter, with master cutter Edward Sexton, combined up-to-the minute styling with classic techniques to create the brand that set the Row swinging. The shop - financed by Cilla Black, James Vallance White, and Beatles’ executive Peter Brown – opened up the experience of bespoke tailoring; catering to rock stars, artists and aristos who wanted to custom fit with the new shapes and details pioneered at Nutters.

Sue Timney and the design of Timney-Fowler

19 November 2010 - 25 April 2011

Sue Timney is the celebrated designer whose company, Timney-Fowler, is best known for its distinctive graphic black and white imagery. It is also one of a rare breed of design companies whose work flows  between fashion and interiors.

2010 is the 30th anniversary of Timney-Fowler and will be marked by an exhibition at the FTM - a retrospective of both Sue's career as a designer and her work with Timney-Fowler, featuring some unique and exclusive material in an exciting, bold display developed in collaboration with Sue. The exhibition will explore the history and themes of this world-recognised design firm. Click here for more information.

Opening hours and booking 

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm. Last Admissions 5.15pm. 
Closed Sunday and Monday.


© Collection of Richard Dennis

Horrockses Fashions: Off the Peg Style in the '40s and '50s

9 July 2010 - 28 October 2010

Horrockses Fashions Limited was the manufacturer of one of the most well-respected ready-to-wear labels of the 1940s and 1950s.

The company are best known for their full-skirted dresses which were sought after by women everywhere and were even worn by Queen Elizabeth II. Although they were produced in considerable quantities, the firm maintained an air of exclusivity for the brand, with an emphasis on good quality fabrics with custom-designed patterns and fashion styling with Parisian couture overtones.

The colourful prints will provide a visual feast for visitors to the exhibition, which focuses on the range of the firm's production, from glamorous evening dresses, to vibrant summer frocks and sophisticated housecoats and beachwear. It will follow the story of the Horrockses dress from initial fabric and fashion design, to production, promotion and consumption.

Curated by author and design historian Dr Christine Boydell, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a book published by V&A Publishing.

© Lucienne Day

Very Sanderson - 150 years of English decoration

19 March 2010 - 13 June 2010

Sanderson was founded by Arthur Sanderson in 1860 and for the last 150 years has been at the forefront of English decoration - producing the first coordinated collection of mass-produced wallpapers and fabrics in Britain. It also introduced a number of important technical innovations as well as developing a range of textiles and wallpapers by influential designers and  Britain's first 'infinite' range of colours in household paints. 

During its illustrious history the company has amassed a huge collection of wallpapers and textiles representing the many changing faces and fads of interior decoration. Celebrating 150 years of the company this exhibition highlights the best of its archive as well as brand new collections. Full of surprises, it will fascinate and inform those whose tastes run from the Arts & Crafts style, jazzy Moderne, fifties' Festival designs and Pop patterns, to decidedly contemporary art and decor.

Image: Lucienne Day

© Pineapple

30 years of Pineapple by Debbie Moore

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.

The showcase and supporting event programme are kindly supported by ASOS.com.

© Foale and Tuffin

Foale and Tuffin - Made in England

23 October 2009 - 24 February 2010

From October 2009 the Fashion and Textile Museum staged a retrospective exhibition of Foale and Tuffin - two influential designers who were at the heart of the cultural explosion in London in the sixties. The Foale and Tuffin label was what cool girls wore - colourful, pop-inspired mini-dresses and trend-setting trouser suits were just some of the key pieces that were ahead of their time in developing popular, desirable fashion.

Foale and Tuffin - Made in England presented a vibrant and inspiring representation of two key British fashion designers of the 1960s and the part they played in creating the changing London scene. It revisited the Sixties vibe by recreating their boutique, showroom and design studio and charting the very personal story of two women who set up on their own with just a lot of courage and £200 in their pockets!

Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear

12 June 2009 - 27 September 2009

The FTM’s exciting new exhibition Undercover traces the evolution of underwear from health garment, shape definer to fashion ‘must have’. It explores a number of themes such as boudoir to everyday glamour – ‘Stars and their bras’ looking at celebrity branding; research and innovation’s impact on the types of underwear we wear; and how the changing face of underwear advertising and marketing meshes with social and cultural changes.

The exhibition presents a visual demonstration of how female underwear has evolved as women’s role in society changed. It encompasses the changing trends from the ‘flatten it’ to the ‘push it up’ to the ‘let it all hang out’! Undercover contains some exquisite pieces from a wide range of private and public collections that read like the Who’s Who of underwear; M&S, Triumph, La Perla, Christian Dior, Elle Macpherson, Myla and Wonderbra – to name just a few.

From the risqué to the radical, pieces include an original Merry Widow corset inspired by Lana Turner in the film of the same name; renowned burlesque artiste Immodesty Blaize’s corset; a spectacular gown made from bras and briefs by designers Vin & Omi and a La Perla bra encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

This is one not to be missed! 

© Peter Farago

Swedish Fashion: Exploring A New Identity

6 February 2009 - 17 May 2009

This new exhibition showcases a new wave of Swedish design talent, with the work of thirteen fashion and jewellery designers who challenge the stereotypical picture of Swedish fashion as blonde, functional and minimal.

Since the late 1990s there has been a growing sense of a new guard emerging - putting the country on the map with a burgeoning number of fashion labels and designers.

Created by the Swedish Institute and specially enhanced and adapted for the FTM, this exhibition showcases the bold, the avant-garde and the surprising.

In addition to Swedish fashion, the FTM is also showcasing a number of new Swedish jewellery designers in The Dreamer and the Dream - New Swedish Jewellery.

© British Vogue August 1976 - David Bailey

Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time

24 October 2008 - 18 January 2009

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents a retrospective of the work of one of the most creative designers of 20th Century London fashion.

A contemporary of Ossie Clark, Biba's Barbara Hulanicki and Zandra Rhodes, Bill Gibb created beauty and fantasy in 70s fashion. His extreme imagination on paper was translated into garments of an haute couture level. Gibb's signature was gowns of romantic and historical inspiration textured with print, pattern, embroidery, beadwork and leather. With Kaffe Fassett he elevated knitwear to an art form.

© Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany

Little Black Dress

20 June 2008 - 25 August 2008

From 20th June – 25th August 2008, the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates an icon of modern dressing – the Little Black Dress. This exciting exhibition traces the advent of this wardrobe staple, from its inception in the 1920s to today’s cutting edge creations. 

© Fashion and Textile Museum

Peacocks and Pinstripes

8 February 2008 - 31 May 2008

Peacocks and Pinstripes - A Snapshot of Masculine Style
The Fashion and Textile Museum, in collaboration with Getty Images Gallery,is hosting a brand new photographic exhibition:

Peacocks and Pinstripes - A Snapshot of Masculine Style.


i-Dentity: 25 years of i-D

1 January 2005 - 31 December 2005

A multisensory exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the trend-setting style magazine i-D.

Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles

1 June 2004 - 31 December 2004

A major monographic exhibition exploring the 40 year career of iconic British Designer and FTM founder, Zandra Rhodes.

Sampling the 70s

1 January 2004 - 1 June 2004

An exhibition highlighting the FTM's permanent collection, with designs by Jean Muir, Biba, Laura Ashley, Jean Varon, and Thea Porter among them.

My Favourite Dress

1 January 2003 - 31 December 2003

An exhibition highlighting the FTM's permanent collection, with designs by Jean Muir, Biba, Laura Ashley, Jean Varon, and Thea Porter among them.


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