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Fashion Drawing

Take this opportunity to learn fashion drawing skills from the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions and author of the bestselling book How to Draw like a Fashion Designer, Dennis Nothdruft. In this 2 hour drawing class learn and explore the basics of fashion drawing using simple but effective techniques on croquis enabling you to articulate your design ideas on paper. Drawing skills are a must for any fashion designer wishing to express their ideas and an essential tool in the design process. In the world of computers drawing by hand is still advocated by top fashion designers as a starting point for any collection.   

The class includes the opportunity to discuss hints and tips with Dennis, with time to ask questions about his career as a leading curator of fashion.  

Beginner Level Suitable for people with little to no experience  

Price: £60 includes materials* and exhibition entry.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

*A selection of drawing equipment, paper and paints will be provided

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Fashion Drawing

Take this opportunity to learn fashion drawing skills from the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions and author of the bestselling book How to Draw like a Fashion Designer, Dennis Nothdruft. In this 2 hour drawing class learn and explore the basics of fashion drawing using simple but effective techniques on croquis enabling you to articulate your design ideas on paper. Drawing skills are a must for any fashion designer wishing to express their ideas and an essential tool in the design process. In the world of computers drawing by hand is still advocated by top fashion designers as a starting point for any collection.   

The class includes the opportunity to discuss hints and tips with Dennis, with time to ask questions about his career as a leading curator of fashion.  

Beginner Level Suitable for people with little to no experience  

Price: £60 includes materials* and exhibition entry.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

*A selection of drawing equipment, paper and paints will be provided

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

The Fabric of Civilization – How Textiles Made the World

Join Virginia Postrel for this online event exploring the hidden ways textiles have made our world and tracing this surprising history. The story of humanity is the story of textiles – as old as civilization itself. Textiles created empires and powered invention. They established trade routes and drew nations’ borders. Since the first thread was spun, fabric has driven technology, business, politics, and culture.

The Fabric of Civilization demonstrates how the desire for textiles, and the search for better ways to satisfy that desire, influenced every aspect of our development. From the Minoans who exported woolen cloth colored with precious purple dye to Egypt, to the Romans who wore wildly expensive Chinese silk, the trade and production of textiles paved the economic and cultural crossroads of the ancient world. As much as spices or gold, the quest for fabrics and dyes drew sailors across strange seas, creating an ever-more connected global economy. Synthesizing groundbreaking research from economics, archaeology, and anthropology, Postrel weaves a rich tapestry of human cultural development.

The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, £22.99, published by Basic Books, is available to buy from our online shop here.

Virginia Postrel is an award-winning journalist and independent scholar. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and has been a columnist for the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Substance of Style and The Power of Glamour. Her research is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Price: £5
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This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience.  Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.  

The talk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1.5 hours, followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

Online Events take place live at the time and date specified above. A recording of the Online Event is not included in the purchase of your ticket. If you are unavailable at the time and date above, please keep an eye on our Events on Demand, where all recordings that meet our quality specifications will be available to purchase in due course. 

If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch.

Highlights Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the current exhibition with a member of the Museum team. These tours are an excellent way to learn more about the pieces on display as well as the thinking behind the exhibition design and history of the Museum.

Presenting over one hundred ensembles across three galleries, Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture explores fabulous and rare examples from these era-defining stores. Designs worn by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix are displayed in colourful, graphic recreations of eight iconic boutiques: Hung On You, Granny Takes A Trip, Biba, Apple Boutique, Apple Tailoring, Mr Fish, Dandie Fashions and Quorum.

Step in to the heady, star-studded world of London’s 1960s counterculture, and enjoy an immersive exploration of one of the most dramatic periods in British design history.

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Please note that in place of a permanent collection, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

Decorative Collage

Spend a day creating decorative collages under the expert hand of Sarah Campbell.

Sarah will show samples of her own folded and collaged pieces; participants will start by exploring techniques and will discuss how to consider shape, colour, texture and form. Acclaimed designer Sarah Campbell will lead the small group (maximum 10 participants) through different aspects of composition, colour and contrast. Students will be encouraged to spend time experimenting with paper cutting and folding techniques.

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home. There will also be an opportunity to take tea with Sarah and discuss her approach to design and some of her career highlights. All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own papers, recycled materials and sketchbooks too.

Sarah Campbell Ltd undertakes a wide range of projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces, paintings and commissions to textile, surface, stationery and ceramic design for the high street. She has recently begun a relationship in the US with Free Spirit producing new fabric ranges, with the first collection ‘FreshPicked‘ now available to order, shipping in early 2022, and a second hot on its heels. Here in the UK a new relationship with Museums&Galleries has opened with a widely available range of stationery, cards and gift-wraps, and Stringberry offer a range of mobile phone cases with Sarah’s designs too. Along with her teaching, Sarah is currently working on a book about painting on fabric to be published in the autumn of 2022. 

Price: £125

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Fabric Painting with Sarah Campbell

Design and paint a pattern for a home textile! Under the guidance and expertise of textile pattern-painter Sarah Campbell, you’ll leave this workshop with enough hand painted cloth to perk up your home and make an accessory of your choice – a cushion, a wall-hanging or throw.

In this one-day workshop, participants will start by playing on paper with guidance on how to consider shape, colour, motifs and form when designing a pattern for a home textile. Sarah will guide the small group (maximum 10 participants) through understanding mark making, colour balance and tonal contrast. You’ll be encouraged to consider your own colour harmonies and spend time experimenting with colourfast textile inks on fabric.

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home. All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own favourite brushes, paints and sketchbooks too.

Sarah Campbell Ltd undertakes a wide range of projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces, paintings and commissions to textile, surface, stationery and ceramic design for the high street. She has recently begun a relationship in the US with Free Spirit producing new fabric ranges, with the first collection ‘FreshPicked‘ now available to order, shipping in early 2022, and a second hot on its heels. Here in the UK a new relationship with Museums&Galleries has opened with a widely available range of stationery, cards and gift-wraps, and Stringberry offer a range of mobile phone cases with Sarah’s designs too. Along with her teaching, Sarah is currently working on a book about painting on fabric to be published in the autumn of 2022. 

Price: £130 includes materials* and exhibition entry.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

*A selection of fabric paints, paper, linen to practice and one linen piece for the finished piece. Please bring a bag to take your work home with you.

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Silk Painting

This one-day workshop provides a structured introduction to the techniques of painting on silk and a master class in how to apply colour and create stunning designs. Following an introduction to the materials, artist Hilary Simon will demonstrate different ways to create a variety of effects on silk using salt, layering, alcohol and methods of applying the dyes and gutta gum. The dyes are French Dupont which mix beautifully and run like vibrant watercolours. Following the demonstration, time is spent creating designs on paper and testing techniques on a sample silk square. During the afternoon participants will create their own 15” silk square, with one-to-one guidance in their choice of dyes and approach. 

At the end of the workshop participants will take home their new skill plus the test silk square and completed work of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem. The workshop is suitable for beginners and people of all abilities. 

Hilary Simon is an artist and curator. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions worldwide and her paintings have been widely published with her designs used for book covers, greeting cards pottery and rugs. She has run workshops internationally in the UK, America and Mexico, most recently at West Dean College, Fashion and Textile Museum and Garden House in Brighton. 

Price: £125

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Silk Painting

This one-day workshop provides a structured introduction to the techniques of painting on silk and a master class in how to apply colour and create stunning designs. Following an introduction to the materials, artist Hilary Simon will demonstrate different ways to create a variety of effects on silk using salt, layering, alcohol and methods of applying the dyes and gutta gum. The dyes are French Dupont which mix beautifully and run like vibrant watercolours. Following the demonstration, time is spent creating designs on paper and testing techniques on a sample silk square. During the afternoon participants will create their own 15” silk square, with one-to-one guidance in their choice of dyes and approach. 

At the end of the workshop participants will take home their new skill plus the test silk square and completed work of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem. The workshop is suitable for beginners and people of all abilities. 

Hilary Simon is an artist and curator. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions worldwide and her paintings have been widely published with her designs used for book covers, greeting cards pottery and rugs. She has run workshops internationally in the UK, America and Mexico, most recently at West Dean College, Fashion and Textile Museum and Garden House in Brighton. 

Price: £125

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Behind the Seams: the Beautiful People

In the mid-1960s, a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration. These radical designs were quickly adopted by an emerging, youthful counterculture: The Beautiful People.

The Beautiful People’s eclectic and dramatic fashions were created by a range of talented and much-celebrated designers – their wardrobes were full of creations by Barbara Hulanicki (Biba), Alice Pollock and Ossie Clarke (Quorum), Michael Fish (Mr Fish) and Bill Gibb. Today, works by these same designers feature heavily in the Fashion and Textile Museum’s own collection.

At Behind the Seams: the Beautiful People, Fashion and Textile Museum Collections Officer, Gill Cochrane, offers the rare opportunity to explore pieces by these iconic designers, specially selected from the Museum’s own collection. You’ll take an up-close and intimate look at garments and accessories, with opportunities to handle several fascinating pieces. Gill will lead you through the some of the design features and construction techniques that place these pieces uniquely in the 1960’s and 70’s, alongside discussing their engaging histories and connection to the exhibition, Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture.

Gill Cochrane has worked at the Fashion and Textile Museum since 2011 and has been involved in the installation of more than 25 exhibitions at the Museum and other venues during that time. Gill gained a Master’s Degree in Collections Care and Conservation Management from West Dean college in 2018.  Previously she worked at the Royal School of Needlework and as a freelance dressmaker and conservator.

Adult Ticket: £50 | Student Ticket: £35

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

Behind the Seams: the Beautiful People

In the mid-1960s, a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration. These radical designs were quickly adopted by an emerging, youthful counterculture: The Beautiful People.

The Beautiful People’s eclectic and dramatic fashions were created by a range of talented and much-celebrated designers – their wardrobes were full of creations by Barbara Hulanicki (Biba), Alice Pollock and Ossie Clarke (Quorum), Michael Fish (Mr Fish) and Bill Gibb. Today, works by these same designers feature heavily in the Fashion and Textile Museum’s own collection.

At Behind the Seams: the Beautiful People, Fashion and Textile Museum Collections Officer, Gill Cochrane, offers the rare opportunity to explore pieces by these iconic designers, specially selected from the Museum’s own collection. You’ll take an up-close and intimate look at garments and accessories, with opportunities to handle several fascinating pieces. Gill will lead you through the some of the design features and construction techniques that place these pieces uniquely in the 60’s and ‘70’s, alongside discussing their engaging histories and connection to the exhibition, Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture.

Gill Cochrane has worked at the Fashion and Textile Museum since 2011 and has been involved in the installation of more than 25 exhibitions at the Museum and other venues during that time. Gill gained a Master’s Degree in Collections Care and Conservation Management from West Dean college in 2018.  Previously she worked at the Royal School of Needlework and as a freelance dressmaker and conservator.

Adult Ticket: £50 | Student Ticket: £35

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Find our full visiting guidance here.

– If you or anyone that you have recently been in contact with is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend your workshop. If you are unable to attend your workshop for reasons related to COVID-19, please get in touch and we will be happy to reschedule your ticket(s).

– Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. During the workshop we request that you wear your face covering when you are not at your work station and when you are conversing with the tutor. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering with you when you visit, unless you are exempt.

– Hand sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the Fashion and Textile Museum. Please use them as directed throughout your workshop, including when entering and exiting the space.

– Gloves will be available for use throughout your workshop.

– Additional cleaning of our galleries and toilets remains in place, as well as door handles, handrails, and other key areas, including our workshops spaces.

– All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

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