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Redeveloped FTM opens doors in December

5 November 2007

New plans for the FTM include the creation of an Academy for Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery, putting the FTM firmly at the forefront of education and business support in the creative industries. A centralised, creative hub for resources and information, it will offer a wide range of services for both start-up and established businesses. Regular workshops and master classes, new apprenticeship programmes and foundation degrees will be on offer for those wishing to work in the fashion, textiles and jewellery industries and a schools support programme is being developed.

A permanent exhibition is to be created featuring important garments by Zandra Rhodes and other world-class designers. Alongside this, the FTM will play host to a programme of exhibitions throughout the year with public talks and workshops offering a further insight into the contemporary world of fashion.

The FTM is also looking to create an internationally renowned archive containing over 600 garments from the 1950s to the present day.

Other facilities will include a Cafe with WiFi access serving high quality refreshments and a retail area for designers and manufacturers to showcase exclusive fashion, textile and jewellery items.

The FTM is also available for venue hire. Designed by Mexican architect, Ricardo Legoretta, this striking building provides a unique and versatile venue for parties, product launches, press conferences and seminars.

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