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.
Weavers of the Clouds

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

  • 21 June — 8 September 2019

For decades, designers worldwide have been influenced by the traditional textiles of Peru. Weavers of the Clouds explores the processes and practices of both historic and contemporary Peruvian costume via garments, textiles, photographs, tools, illustrations and paintings, dating from pre-Hispanic to present day.

Works presented include designs by Meche Correa and Chiara Macchievello, photographs by Martin Chambi, Mariano Vivanco and Toni Frissell, never before seen costume illustrations by Francisco Gamarra and paintings and illustrations by Pancho Fierro and Elena Izcue.

With many artists of all forms now looking to Peru for inspiration, this is a very exciting time to examine the history and future of Peruvian arts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/weavers-of-the-clouds-textile-arts-of-peru/

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.
Terence Conran, Mary Quant

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

  • 8 February — 2 June 2019 *on now

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/swinging-london-a-lifestyle-revolution/

Vogue Essentials: Lingerie and Heels

Vogue Essentials: Lingerie and Heels

  • 23 May 2019 6-8pm *on now

Hear how they delved into British Vogue’s archive of fashion photos to find the most iconic and game changing styles.

In Vogue Essentials: Heels, Gail Rolfe explores the power of heels in its many forms with a hit parade from the pages of British Vogue – from a delicate Dior kitten heel and a low Chanel slingback to a vertiginous Saint Laurent stiletto and an erotic heeled boot from Balenciaga.

In Vogue Essentials: Lingerie Ann Cryer investigates the trends in fashion’s unseen foundations and how images of lingerie in British Vogue reflect the progress of women’s emancipation and the ever-changing fashion silhouette. From silk to lace, bondage to bralettes, La Perla to Agent Provocateur, Anna explores the evolution of lingerie over the 100 years of Vogue’s history.

Vogue Essentials: Heels and Vogue Essentials: Lingerie are the latest books in a major new series from British Vogue and Conran Octopus.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus both books: £45 | £42 Students
All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/vogue-essentials-lingerie-and-heels/

Decorative Collage with Sarah Campbell

Decorative Collage with Sarah Campbell

  • 23 May 2019 10:45am-4:30pm *on now

Sarah will show samples of her own folded and collaged pieces; participants will start by exploring techniques and will discuss how to consider shape, colour, texture and form. Acclaimed designer Sarah Campbell will lead the small group (maximum 10 participants) through different aspects of composition, colour and contrast. Students will be encouraged to spend time experimenting with paper cutting and folding techniques.

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home. There will also be an opportunity to take tea with Sarah and discuss her approach to design and some of her career highlights. All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own papers, recycled materials and sketchbooks too.

Sarah Campbell Ltd undertakes a wide range of projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces and commissions to textile and surface design for the high street. Her continuing collaboration with West Elm, the US homewares company, gives a worldwide presence, as do the growing fabric collections with Michael Miller Fabrics. Nearer home, new work includes developing the Sarah Campbell Designs brand into fabrics, wallpapers and ribbons, expanding teaching commitments, and working on new book ideas. Meanwhile she continues to write a diverting blog.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £100. Ticket includes exhibition entry, tea and coffee and all materials.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/decorative-collage-with-sarah-campbell-3/

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

  • 25 May 2019 11:15am-4:30pm

Led by master weaver Caron Penney this vibrant and lively one day tapestry weaving workshop will give you the confidence to develop basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry. These include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping. At the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry.

You will learn:

How to create shapes / diagonals
How to use blending techniques to create shading
How to create hatching techniques creating a change of colour from the left to the right of the work.
Beginner Level class
This class is suitable for participants with no weaving experience; all materials for the class will be provided. Tapestry frames will be available to purchase from the tutor.

Caron Penney is a master weaver and founder of Weftfaced, a small atelier in the heart of Sussex keeping the craft of hand woven tapestry thriving. Established in 2013 by Caron Penney the workshop has been making tapestries to commission for artists from British abstract painter, Gillian Ayres RA to the artist and musician Martin Creed. Weftfaced stands for quality, individuality and exquisitely crafted textiles which offer longevity and uniqueness. Penney trained at Middlesex University and coupled this with twenty years’ experience at the West Dean Tapestry Studio.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £95 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.
*The fee includes entry to the current exhibition Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution plus all materials.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/introduction-to-tapestry-weaving/

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

  • 25 May 2019 11:15am-4:30pm

Led by master weaver Caron Penney this vibrant and lively one day tapestry weaving workshop will give you the confidence to develop basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry. These include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping. At the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry.

You will learn:

How to create shapes / diagonals
How to use blending techniques to create shading
How to create hatching techniques creating a change of colour from the left to the right of the work.

Beginner Level class
This class is suitable for participants with no weaving experience; all materials for the class will be provided. Tapestry frames will be available to purchase from the tutor.

Caron Penney is a master weaver and founder of Weftfaced, a small atelier in the heart of Sussex keeping the craft of hand woven tapestry thriving. Established in 2013 by Caron Penney the workshop has been making tapestries to commission for artists from British abstract painter, Gillian Ayres RA to the artist and musician Martin Creed. Weftfaced stands for quality, individuality and exquisitely crafted textiles which offer longevity and uniqueness. Penney trained at Middlesex University and coupled this with twenty years’ experience at the West Dean Tapestry Studio.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £95 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.

*The fee includes entry to the current exhibition Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution plus all materials.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/introduction-to-tapestry-weaving/

Weaving Colour: 2-Day Tapestry Workshop

Weaving Colour: 2-Day Tapestry Workshop

  • 1 — 2 June 2019 11:15am-4:15pm

Take colour inspiration from the current exhibition Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution and learn a traditional skill on this two day tapestry workshop concentrating on colour.

Led by master weaver Caron Penney this colourful two day tapestry weaving workshop will develop an enquiry into colour theory and implement this learning via weaving. Participants will work with primary, secondary and tertiary colours and will be encouraged to use blending to achieve subtle transparent effects, seeing one colour appear through another. The group will learn how to warp a tapestry frame provided by the tutor and by the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry.

You will learn:

How to warp a tapestry frame
Basic colour theory
How to use the blending technique
How to create overlay effects
How to create shapes and sew slits up
Beginner – Intermediate Level class
This class is suitable for beginners and those with some basic weaving experience to more experienced weavers.

Caron Penney is a master weaver and founder of Weftfaced, a small atelier in the heart of Sussex keeping the craft of hand woven tapestry thriving. Established in 2013 by Caron Penney the workshop has been making tapestries to commission for artists from British abstract painter, Gillian Ayres RA to the artist and musician Martin Creed. Weftfaced stands for quality, individuality and exquisitely crafted textiles which offer longevity and uniqueness. Penney trained at Middlesex University and coupled this with twenty years’ experience at the West Dean Tapestry Studio.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£190 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/weaving-colour-2-day-tapestry-workshop/

Pattern Cutting Introduction

Pattern Cutting Introduction

  • 29 June — 6 July 2019

Led by creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis participants will cover the basic rules of flat pattern cutting. The 2-day course focuses on using fashion blocks to create womenswear garment components including simple sleeves and skirts. This process will include bodice dart manipulations, style lines and how to add fullness through gathers and pleats.

You will be taught to use a block, identify balance lines, take measurements from the body and make basic fitting adjustments, dart manipulation, pivoting and slashing to create style lines and design components such as pleating and gathers, work with seam allowances and sew a toile, pattern terminology and how to use specialist equipment. Demonstrations will use size 10 fashion blocks.

No pattern cutting experience is necessary. This course is perfect for a beginner wanting to learn the principles as well as anyone who may have dressmaking experience but who now wants to experiment with their own patterns.

Equipment: Calico and specialist equipment is provided. You will need to bring metric tape measure, fabric shears, paper shears, fine steel pins, fine pointed tracing wheel, pencils (hb), felt tip pen

Michelle Lewis has worked as a pattern maker for London’s most renown luxury fashion labels, including Zandra Rhodes, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi and Erdem. She has recently been employed internationally, to develop patterns for Burberry.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £190 includes materials and exhibition entry

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/pattern-cutting-introduction-2/

Couture Techniques

Couture Techniques

  • 13 July 2019 10:45am-4:30pm
  • 3 August 2019 10:45am-4:30pm
  • 31 August 2019 10:45am-4:30pm

Led by Zandra Rhodes’ dress maker Jolanta Cerniauskiene, this popular 1-day workshop will give you the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics such as chiffon and silk satin. Using a domestic sewing machine, you will learn a range of techniques such as French seam, pin hem, machine rolled hem with and without fishline, bias cut binding, button loops, satin stitch and pockets time permitting. You will come away with your own samples for each technique learnt in the class. This workshop is open to anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine. Please bring a notebook to take notes.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £95 includes materials and exhibition entry.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/couture-techniques-6/

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

  • 20 July 2019 11:15am-4:30pm

Led by master weaver Caron Penney this vibrant and lively one day tapestry weaving workshop will give you the confidence to develop basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry. These include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping. At the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry.

You will learn:

How to create shapes / diagonals
How to use blending techniques to create shading
How to create hatching techniques creating a change of colour from the left to the right of the work.
Beginner Level class
This class is suitable for participants with no weaving experience; all materials for the class will be provided. Tapestry frames will be available to purchase from the tutor.

Caron Penney is a master weaver and founder of Weftfaced, a small atelier in the heart of Sussex keeping the craft of hand woven tapestry thriving. Established in 2013 by Caron Penney the workshop has been making tapestries to commission for artists from British abstract painter, Gillian Ayres RA to the artist and musician Martin Creed. Weftfaced stands for quality, individuality and exquisitely crafted textiles which offer longevity and uniqueness. Penney trained at Middlesex University and coupled this with twenty years’ experience at the West Dean Tapestry Studio.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Price: £95 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.
*The fee includes entry to the current exhibition plus all materials.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/introduction-to-tapestry-weaving-2/

Creating Colour Palettes with Sarah Campbell

Creating Colour Palettes with Sarah Campbell

  • 10 — 11 August 2019 11:15am-4:30pm

In this two-day colour master class participants will have the opportunity to hear Sarah discuss her design process and the importance of colour in her own work. Sarah Campbell will guide the small group (maximum 10 participants) through understanding colour balance, tonal atmosphere and the drama of contrast. Participants will then be encouraged to create their own colour palettes, harmonies and moods, and spend time mixing and experimenting with gouache to explore and enjoy the power of colour in textile design.

People of all abilities and skill levels are welcome and there’ll be no pressure to produce finished work – it’s a day to enjoy an inspiring time and to learn and practise new skills to take home. All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own favourite brushes, paints and sketchbooks too.

Sarah Campbell Ltd undertakes a wide range of projects from one-off design creations, unique pieces, paintings and commissions to textile, surface and ceramic design for the high street. Her continuing collaboration with West Elm, the US homewares company, gives a worldwide presence, as do the growing fabric collections with Michael Miller Fabrics. Nearer home, new work includes developing the Sarah Campbell Designs brand into fabrics, wallpapers and ribbons, expanding teaching commitments, and working on new book ideas. Meanwhile she continues to write a diverting blog at https://sarahcampbelldesigns.wordpress.com/

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Price: £195 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.
*The fee includes entry to the current exhibition Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution plus all materials: a selection of paints, paper, and brushes. Please bring a bag to take your work home with you.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/creating-colour-palettes-with-sarah-campbell/

Peruvian Inspired Silk Painting

Peruvian Inspired Silk Painting

  • 21 — 22 August 2019 10:45am-4:30pm

This two-day workshop provides a structured introduction to the techniques of painting on silk and a master class in how to apply colour inspired by the textile arts of Peru.

Following an introduction to the materials, artist and curator Hilary Simon will demonstrate different ways to create a variety of effects on silk using salt, layering, alcohol and methods of applying the dyes and gutta gum. The dyes are French Dupont which mix beautifully and run like vibrant watercolours and create stunning designs. Following the demonstration, time will be spent creating designs on paper and testing techniques on a sample silk square with chance to view examples of Hilary’s own work and inspirational Peruvian source material. Participants will create their own 15” silk square, with one-to-one guidance in their choice of dyes and approach. The workshop will culminate in the creation of a lager more detailed final piece utilising the variety of skills taught over the two days.

At the end of the two days participants will take home their new skill plus the test silk squares and completed works of art, perfect for framing, hanging or turning into cushion. The workshop is suitable for beginners and people of all abilities.

Hilary Simon is an artist and curator. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions worldwide and her paintings have been widely published with her designs used for book covers, greeting cards pottery and rugs. She has run workshops internationally in the UK, America and Mexico, most recently at West Dean College, Marlborough Summer School and Art in Action. Hilary is currently curating the upcoming exhibition Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru opening at the Museum on 21 June.

Admission

Price: £190 includes equipment* and exhibition entry.
* The fee includes two silk squares (two small test square and a 15”and 30’’piece for the final designs) and the use of equipment during the workshop. Please bring a bag or envelope to take your work home with you.

Website

https://www.ftmlondon.org/ftm-whats-on/peruvian-inspired-silk-painting/

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

http://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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