Fashion and Textile Museum

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion and textiles in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, the Museum is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals. Recent exhibitions at the Museum have included ‘Liberty in Fashion’ and ‘Josef Frank Patterns – Furniture - Painting’.

Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, in a fantastic building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Museum aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creatives. The Museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and textile industry.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Thursdays 11.00am - 20.00pm
Sundays 11.00am - 17.00pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing time

Admission charges

£9.90 adults / £8.80 concessions / £7 students
Children under 12 are free

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums
  • Museums Association
Getting there

London Underground: London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines.
Due to roadworks in the London Bridge area, please use the Tooley Street exit from the station. Bermondsey Street turns off Tooley Street to the right.

Mainline Rail: London Bridge

Additional info

All areas of the Fashion and Textile Museum are accessible by level access or by lift. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on the ground floor of the Museum.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Design

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon: 20th September 2013 - 11th January 2014
  • Artist Textiles Matisse to Warhol: 31st January - 17th May 2014
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

  • 25 May — 23 September 2018 *on now

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel.

Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic ‘Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. This exhibition is a must-see opportunity for everyone interested in the changing look of the 21st century environment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students * Includes 10% gift aid
Children under 12 are free.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/orla-kiely-life-in-pattern/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Front cover of Hats by Clair Hughes

Uneasy Heads – Royalty and their Hats

  • 21 June 2018 6-8pm

Hats have had strong economic and social implications, and even if we no longer feel obliged to wear one, a hat is still a dramatic personal signature. For royalty, whose image is public property, headgear must suggest not only style and glamour but also dignity of office. In this talk, author Clair Hughes studies two hundred years of British royal hats and how they fulfil many purposes – conveying status, authority, style and military rank.

Having had a female monarch for more than twice the amount of time a king has been on the throne during the past two centuries, the monarchy has become increasingly feminised and royal women, seeking a path between the demands of fashion and historical continuity, created memorable personal images – sometimes eccentric, sometimes disastrous, but often enchanting – to which the hat was a final, distinctive flourish.

Clair Hughes’ book Hats, £25.00, published by Bloomsbury, goes further to explore the world of millinery, including iconic styles, important milliners and their place in history. Part of a series entitled Elements of Dress, Hats also discusses the etiquette behind hat wearing, the power they can instill in the wearer and the manufacturing process. Using modern and historical examples, it is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in millinery, fashion and the cultural impact of both.

Clair Hughes is an independent scholar. She previously held the position of Professor of English and American Literature at the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price: £15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/uneasy-heads-royalty-and-their-hats/

The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design by Alex Russell

The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design

  • 12 July 2018 6-8pm

Presented by lecturer, researcher and designer Alex Russell, and based on his book The Fundamentals of Textile Design, this talk will offer practical advice on building a portfolio of printed textiles and surface pattern designs. Alex will discuss strategies for obtaining work within traditional fashion and interiors contexts, also covering freelance designing, securing an agent and offer tips for organising and showing your work.

The go to guide for new and established textile designers, the Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design, £26.99, published by Bloomsbury, explores contemporary practice in printed textile design. It outlines the process of creating designs, looking at the vital role played by drawing, colour, style and content. It also analyses how to contextualise and communicate effectively in order to build a professional portfolio, whether through traditional design staples or via a more original approach. It examines the positions occupied by designers in the industry, and the technical and ethical considerations of which they must be aware.

Alex Russell is programme leader for the Textile Design for Fashion programme and Senior Lecturer on Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art. His research, currently a PhD, includes the Repeatless Project, which explores generative design and digital fabric printing. He also does a cartoon blog called HalfDropped and works as a freelance designer for the Amsterstampa studio.

Alex’s design work includes a wide range of printed textile design, surface pattern, graphics, illustration and other creative services for fashion / apparel, interiors / home furnishing / lifestyle and editorial / publishing. Working as Alex Russell Creative Services, he has developed an international client list with enthusiasm, professionalism and a unique blend of technical skill and creativity. www.alexrussell.com

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price: £15 / £12 students.
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/the-fundamentals-of-printed-textile-design/

Botanical Inks by Babs Behan

Botanical Inks

  • 19 July 2018 6-8pm

Natural dyes have been used for thousands of years with the earliest record of dyeing dating back to China in 2600BC. There have been natural-dyed textiles found and preserved in the tomb of Tutankhamen and pre-Incan burial tombs, references to scarlet linen in the Bible and even in the writings of Alexander the Great.

Join botanical dye expert Babs Behan for this fascinating talk, discussing where and how natural dyeing processes fit within today’s fashion industry and global movements such as Fashion Revolution. Babs believes that a return to these ancient practices is part of the solution to today’s polluting textile industry and a way forward for a sustainable future in fashion.

Through her debut book Botanical Inks, Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects, Babs explains how to transform foraged wild plants, plants, garden produce and recycled food into dyes and inks. The book demonstrates how to extract environmentally sustainable colour from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper and other materials.

Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing and more. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.

Botanical Inks, Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects, £16.99 published by Quadrille May 2018 will be availbe to purchase in the Museum shop.

Babs Behan is a botanical and mineral artist/designer. She has a BA in Surface Design from UAL and is the founder of artisan natural dye studio Botanical Inks, based in Bristol. Babs first learnt about natural dyeing and printing processes in India and further travel bought to light how dyeing using plant materials is still thriving around the world. After six years of learning artisanal techniques, she returned to the UK to develop a local manufacturing system using locally sourced fibre and natural plant dyes, setting up Botanical Inks. Here Babs creates naturally dyed and printed cloth and paper for local designers and workshops using contemporary and traditional techniques.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price: £15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/botanical-inks/

Getting there

London Underground: London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee Lines.
Due to roadworks in the London Bridge area, please use the Tooley Street exit from the station. Bermondsey Street turns off Tooley Street to the right.

Mainline Rail: London Bridge

Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street
London
Greater London
SE1 3XF
England

Website

www.ftmlondon.org

E-mail

info@ftmlondon.org

Telephone

020 7407 8664

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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