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Fashion and Textile Museum
Established 2003
Location Bermondsey, London Borough of Southwark
Type Fashion, textiles
Founder Zandra Rhodes
Architect Ricardo Legorreta
Public transit access London Bridge station

The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Museum is committed to presenting varied, creative and engaging exhibitions, alongside an exciting selection of educational courses, talks, events and workshops. In place of a permanent collection is a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by in 2003, by icon of British design, Dame Zandra Rhodes. Today, the Museum is operated by Newham College, London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, the Museum is housed in a beautiful and distinctive building, designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta.

Building

The museum is housed in a converted warehouse which was redesigned by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in collaboration with Dame Zandra Rhodes. It was Legorreta's first and only building in Europe. In addition to the exhibition space, the building contains a textile studio and printing workshop and private residential quarters. The building has become a tourist attraction in its own right due to its colour scheme of hot pink, burnt orange, yellow, and bright blue.

Exhibitions

Current exhibition

  • Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Deisgners Guild - extended until 21 February 2021

Future exhibitions

  • Chintz: Cotton in Bloom - 12 March – 15 August 2021
  • Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture - 3 September 2021 – January 2022

Past exhibitions

  • Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous - 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020
  • Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru - 21 June – 8 September 2019
  • Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution | Terence Conran – Mary Quant - 8 February – 2 June 2019
  • Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs - 12 October 2018 – 20 January 2019
  • Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern
  • T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion – 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018
  • Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own – 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
  • Harper's Bazaar 150 Years – The Greatest Moments – 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
  • Wallace Sewell: 25 Years of British Textile Design –  20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
  • The World of Anna Sui – 26 May – 1 October 2017
  • Josef Frank Patterns–Furniture–Painting – 28 January – 7 May 2017
  • 1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs – 23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
  • Missoni Art Colour – 6 May – 4 September 2016
  • Liberty in Fashion – 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016
  • Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear Style Since 1900 – 22 May 2015 – 30 August 2015 (in partnership with King and McGaw)
  • Knitwear: From Chanel to Westwood – 19 September 2014 – 18 January 2015
  • Designing Women: Post-war British Textiles 16 March 2012 – 16 June 2012
  • The Printed Square – Vintage Handkerchiefs – 22 March 2012 – 16 June 2012
  • POP! Culture and Fashion 1955–1976 – 6 July 2012 – 27 October 2012
  • Tommy Nutter: Rebel on the Row – 20 May 2011 – 22 October 2011
  • Sue Timney and the design of Timney-Fowler – 16 November 2010 – 25 April 2011
  • Horrockses Fashions: Off the Peg Style in the '40s and '50s – 9 July 2010 – 24 October 2010
  • Very Sanderson – 150 years of English decoration – 19 March 2010 – 13 June 2010
  • 30 years of Pineapple by Debbie Moore – 18 January 2010 – 24 February 2010
  • Foale and Tuffin – Made in England – 23 October 2009 – 24 February 2010
  • Undercover: The Evolution of Underwear – 12 June 2009 – 27 September 2009
  • Swedish Fashion: Exploring A New Identity – 6 February 2009 – 17 May 2009
  • Billy: Bill Gibb's Moment in Time – 24 October 2008 – 18 January 2009
  • Little Black Dress – 20 June 2008 – 25 August 2008
  • Peacocks and Pinstripes – 8 February 2008 – 31 May 2008
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