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Press releases for current and forthcoming exhibitions, as well as Museum news.

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Louise Dahl Wolfe – first-ever UK retrospective

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London, is pleased to announce the first-ever retrospective of the American photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe to be held in the UK, opening 20th October 2017. A pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition presents over 100 works highlighting how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern, independent woman. Download Press Release

The World of Anna Sui

With over 125 full looks ‘The World of Anna Sui’ explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has become known for creating fabulously original clothing inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage fashion and popular culture. Download Press Release

JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting

Fashion and Textile Museum is proud to present the first-ever UK exhibition dedicated to the designer and artist Josef Frank (1885-1967). JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting focuses on Frank’s vibrant textile designs and places this work in an art historical context. Download Press Release

1920s JAZZ AGE Fashion & Photographs

The Fashion and Textile Museum presents JAZZ AGE: Fashion & Photographs, a major exhibition of 1920s garments alongside portraits by James Abbe. Download Press Release


The Fashion and Textile Museum is pleased to announce a major new exhibition MISSONI ART COLOUR, organised by the MA*GA Art Museum, in partnership with Woolmark, will open in London on 6 May 2016. Download Press Release

Art Textiles: Marian Clayden

Art Textiles highlights why textiles are the most ubiquitous, diverse and consistently creative art form on the planet. From luxurious furnishings to wearable art, Marian Clayden’s unique colour and resist dyeing techniques star in the first-ever London exhibition of her work. Download Press Release

The Art of Pattern

Susan Collier & Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961–77
Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell’s textile designs for Liberty star in a new display at the Fashion and Textile Museum this autumn. Download Press Release

Liberty in Fashion

Fashion and Textile Museum announces major new exhibition (opens 9 October 2015) exploring the iconic Liberty brand in fashion. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. Download Press Release

In your Easter bonnet…

Be the grandest fellow this Easter holiday with the Fashion and Textile Museum’s Easter holiday bonnet competition and display. Renowned milliner Piers Atkinson is lending a selection of imaginative and fun hats to inspire visitors to design their own Easter bonnet. Download Press Release

RIVIERA STYLE – Resort & Swimwear since 1900

Fashion and Textile Museum announces new exhibition (opens 22 May) exploring over 100 years of fashionable bathing from the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California. Exhibition highlights include Edwardian bathing dresses, knitted swimsuits, barely there Lycra, and a 21st century burkini. Download Press Release

Fashion and Textile Museum 2015 Exhibitions programme announced

New exhibitions and displays for 2015 include Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic, RIVIERA STYLE Resort & Swimwear Since 1900, RAYNE Shoes for Stars and Art Textiles: Marian Clayden A Dyer’s Journey. Download Press Release

Celebrity artwork to be unveiled at Fashion and Textile Museum in aid of Breast Cancer Care

Actress, TV presenter and former Loose Women panellist, Denise Welch, will be unveiling a textured painting on Friday 14 November at the Fashion and Textile Museum to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide specialist support charity. The painting contains material and details from bras donated by celebrities, including Kirstie Allsopp, Lorraine Kelly, Denise Welch, Jane McDonald and the Strictly Come Dancing team. It was created by mixed-media artist, Sharon White, who visited Breast Cancer Care’s central offices in Glasgow, Sheffield and London to involve the charity’s volunteers, supporters and women who have faced cancer in its creation. Download Press Release

First-ever exhibition on THEA PORTER is announced

In Spring 2015, the Fashion and Textile Museum is staging the first-ever exhibition on the work of British designer Thea Porter (1927–2000). The exhibition THEA PORTER 70s Bohemian Chic (opens 6 February 2015) explores how Porter established her combination of fashion and interior design, cultivating clients such as Pink Floyd and the Beatles, alongside Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand. In a new partnership with V&A Publishing, the exhibition is accompanied by a new book written by guest curator Laura McLaws Helms and exhibition adviser Venetia Porter. Download Press Release

Visionary Knitwear

The Visionary Knitwear display (19 September – 18 January 2015) is a showcase of bold visions in contemporary fashion knitwear selected by Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. Featuring established names Julien Macdonald, Mark Fast, Iben Høj, Sister by Sibling, Lucas Nascimento, Yang Du, Alice Palmer, Juliana Sissons and Amy Twigger Holroyd, among others, as well as recent graduates Rory Longdon, Roisin McAtamney, Camille Hardwick and Matthew Ghabrial, the display highlights the contribution of the UK’s design education training to today’s global fashion knitwear industry. Download Press Release

Major new partnership between UK and Mexican museums launches in London this week

A stunning new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London (opens Friday 6 June) launches an exciting new cultural partnership between the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and the Museum of Textiles in Oaxaca. The new partnership welcomes the 2015 celebration of the ‘Year of Mexico’ in the UK and the ‘Year of the UK’ in Mexico, which aims to enhance and deepen the bilateral relationship between the governments of both countries. The exhibition also presents a major design exchange programme with the Fashion and Textile Museum, Newham College and students at the University of the Arts London and Universidad Iberoamericana, whose work features in the exhibition. Download Press Release

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood, the Fashion and Textile Museum’s major autumn exhibition, presents over 150 inspirational knitwear pieces from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, on show to the public for the first time. Opening 19 September 2014, the exhibition presents highlights from designs by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and rare crocheted evening dresses from the 1930s to late 20th century innovations by Vivienne Westwood. Download Press Release

Zandra Rhodes helps revamp local theatre

World renowned British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with garden designer and TV presenter Joe Swift to create a linear ‘pocket park’ at the Greenwood Theatre on Weston Street, London Bridge, in SE1. Download the Press Release

MADE IN MEXICO The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion

This summer the Fashion and Textile Museum stages the first-ever exhibition on the rebozo – the classic Mexican shawl made famous in 20th century culture by artist Frida Kahlo. Download Press Release

Made in Britain – Walsh Trainers

The Fashion and Textile Museum announces an exclusive display of British trainers, celebrating Britain’s manufacturing heritage. ‘Made in Britain’ traces the unique history of Walsh, currently the only wholly British owned, designed and manufactured sports footwear brand. Download Press Release

Fiction in Fashion

A new display of fashionable fiction at the Fashion and Textile Museum explores what glamorous women have been reading since 1953.
Drawing on the archives of Penguin Books, paperback novels that have been chosen to feature include popular editions of Bonjour Tristesse, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Couples, Lace and The Secret History. Download Press Release

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

Fashion and Textile Museum announces important survey of textiles as a popular art form in 20th century Britain and America. The exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles with rare examples from leading art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art. Download Press Release

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

A major retrospective of Britain’s foremost high-society couture label. Features over 150 designs and dresses commissioned by some of the world’s most stylish women, this exhibition explores the culture, craft and international status of British couture fashion since the 1950s.

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How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer

Leading art publisher Thames & Hudson has commissioned a new book from Newham College’s Fashion and Textile Museum, based on its popular drawing workshops for children. Download Press Release

Zandra Rhodes Unseen

Zandra Rhodes Unseen is a rare opportunity to explore the creativity of one of the fashion world’s most dynamic personalities. For over 50 years, Zandra has experimented with colour, print and fabric, as well as with her own image. Download Press Release

Fashion and Textile Museum Exhibitions 2013

New exhibitions to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Museum.
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Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

Exhibition dates: 22 March – 29 June 2013
Fashion and Textile Museum announces first major exhibition on international textile artist Kaffe Fassett’s work in London since 1988. ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour’ showcases over five decades of work, from designs for Bill Gibb, knitwear for Missoni, printed patchwork fabrics, glorious quilts, and inspired needlepoint. Download Press Release

Hartnell to Amies – Couture By Royal Appointment

Exhibition Dates: 16 November 2012 – 23 February 2013
Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the impact of royal celebrity on 20th century British fashion. A major retrospective of London couture design by Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, and Frederick Fox – featuring examples of British couture rarely seen in public before. Download Press Release

POP! Design • Culture • Fashion

Exhibition dates: 6 July – 27 October 2012
From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers, the cool styling of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 1970s retro, this new exhibition celebrates the time when British popular culture first captivated the world. Download Press Release

Primary schools have fashion talent

Children’s designs displayed:  30 March – 16 June 2012
A new display at the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates a wealth of fashion talent in British primary schools, organised in collaboration with leading art publisher Thames & Hudson. Download Press Release

Designing Women: Post-war British textiles

Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 16 June 2012
‘Designing Women’, the forthcoming exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, explores the pioneering role three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – played in placing Britain at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Download Press Release

Catwalk to Cover – a front row seat

Exhibition dates: 18th November 2011– 26th February 2012
Through a series of candid photographs from top catwalk photographers – Kirstin Sinclair, Chris Moore, Matt Lever and Philip Meech – and clothes by internationally acclaimed designers, Catwalk to Cover provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the creative world of the fashion show. Download Press Release

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