About the Museum

The only UK museum dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design.

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The Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

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 in 2003 by an icon of British design, Dame Zandra Rhodes. Today, the Museum is operated by Newham College – 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.

Our work

Presenting a diverse range of temporary exhibitions showcasing innovative fashion and textile design from around the world, the Fashion and Textile Museum explores the past, present and future of fashion and textiles.

The Museum’s work is recognised nationally and internationally, with exhibitions featuring designers, artisans, craftspeople, and artists from across Britain and abroad touring regularly across the UK and the world.

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Exhibition hire

The Museum has been touring its exhibition programme since 2010, both in the UK and internationally. Our varied, creative and engaging programme of touring exhibitions offers wide audience appeal. We work closely with our touring partners throughout the hire process to offer support in planning, installation, marketing and retail.

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We are always happy to hear from journalists and writers who are interested in the Museum and our work.

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General enquiries

Email: fashiontextilemuseum@newham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7407 8664, Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm

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