Current Exhibition

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ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

31 January – 18 May 2014

This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. Highlights include work by Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. more


Display: MADE IN BRITAIN Walsh Trainers

31 January – 17 May 2014

‘Made in Britain’ traces the unique history of Walsh trainers, currently the only wholly British owned, designed and manufactured sports footwear brand. Spanning over 50 years, the history of Walsh also illustrates how performance sportswear has become a fashion staple. more


Display: Sarah Campbell from start to finish

31 January – 17 May 2014

‘from start to finish’ explores Sarah Campbell’s recent design journeys. The display is primarily concerned with the process of designing for textiles from commission and first thoughts – through sketches, roughs and artwork – to the finished product. ‘At heart, I love painting patterns, inventing designs’ says Sarah Campbell more

Future Exhibition

MADE IN MEXICO The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion

6 June – 30 August 2014

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. Made in Mexico explores the key role textiles have played in promoting Mexican culture worldwide from the 17th century to the present day. more

Knitwear in Fashion – Chanel to Westwood

19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015

Inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. more

Past Exhibitions

FTM Archive


2008-to present
Dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion and textiles our past exhibitions include Kaffe Fassett, Zandra Rhodes, Tommy Nutter, Sue Timney, Post-war British Textiles, Horrockses Fashion, Sanderson, Foale and Tuffin and many more