Fashion and Textile Museum

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.

Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, in a fantastic building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the FTM aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion, jewellery and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creatives. Now redeveloped and operated by Newham College, the museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and jewellery 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

Adults £8.80, Concessions £6.60, Students £5.50.
Under 12s free entry

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 FTM 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.

Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell for Liberty 1961–77

  • 9 October 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

Design duo Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell energised Liberty’s textile collections for over 15 years. From scarves to fashion and furnishing fabrics, their painterly patterns paved the way for a vibrant new aesthetic in Liberty prints, including the hugely successful ‘Bauhaus’ range in 1972. This display showcases original painted designs, sketches, printed swatches, lengths and objects from their collection. Accompanies the exhibition Liberty in Fashion.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Display admission included with Liberty in Fashion exhibition

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/the-art-of-pattern/

Liberty in Fashion

  • 9 October 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

“I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.” Arthur Lasenby Liberty
Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio take centre stage as the internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints and dress fabrics.

Liberty in Fashion celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company. The exhibition charts Liberty’s history as ‘the’ fashionable place to shop as well as its role as the source and originator of key trends in fashion history. 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/liberty-in-fashion/

Art Textiles: Marian Clayden

  • 11 March — 17 April 2016

A retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden.

The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist (1937–2015) who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. Curated by Mary Schoeser, the globally respected historian, Art Textiles takes a close look at the shibori dyeing techniques used by Clayden, revealing how simple methods can create complex, sumptuous effects.

Admission

Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability
£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
Children under 12 are free.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/art-textiles-marian-clayden/

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.
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Art Textiles: Marian Clayden

  • 11 March — 17 April 2016

An exhibition of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally renowned textile artist Marian Clayden (1937–2015). The retrospective celebrates the influence of a British-born artist, who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States.

Clayden’s career took her from the world of textile art, through dyeing fabrics for nine touring productions of the musical Hair, to high fashion – with the launch of an haute couture line in the 1980s and having her own in-store boutiques in New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in the 1990s.

Commenting on her move from art to fashion, Marian Clayden said:
“The real thrill of clothing design was making a successful combination of all the elements – body, style, fabric, drape, dyeing, and how it moves when worn – so as to create a garment that makes the wearer feel she is enclosed in something as valuable to her as a work of art.”

This exhibition ‘Art Textiles: Marian Clayden’ illustrates Clayden's development as an artist, celebrating her experiments in dyeing fabrics and fashion design. Included are her eye-popping silk wall hangings, oozing with 1970s appeal, plus a small selection of her surprising hand-made structural works using donkey straps and ropes. The selection also includes over thirty garments from her 1981–2004 fashion lines, themselves pieces of art made to be at their best in motion. Mary Schoeser, exhibition curator, said:
“The exhibition illustrates Marian Clayden’s ever changing mediums and style, celebrating her ability to, as she put it, ‘dance’ with her techniques. It is evident how she amalgamated her knowledge of dance and musical theatre into her creation of fashion. Having lived in four countries and travelled around the world, her trail-blazing textiles embody a global sensibility.”

Celia Joicey, Head of Fashion and Textile Museum, said:
“Marian Clayden’s work remains as exciting and fresh today as it did in the 1960s. These textiles are an inspiration to everyone who loves colour, showing how simple resist dyeing methods can create complex, sumptuous effects. We hope the exhibition will be a revelation to artists and policy-makers alike, highlighting textiles as a bold, experimental medium for art, drama and self-expression.”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
Children under 12 are free.

Website

http://www.ftmlondon.org/

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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