Exhibitions

The Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

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The Fool designs on the Apple Boutique stairs. Models Anke Ferris, Charlotte Martin & Renate. Copyright Karl Ferris.
Now on

Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture

Beautiful People explores how a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution in the mid-1960s.

Until 13 March 2022
Outfits on display at the Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum
Guided tour

Highlights Tour: Beautiful People

Join one of the Museum team to see and learn more about the highlights of our current exhibition.

26 January 2022
Goldwork Sampler for the Coronation Robe of State, 1953. Copyright Royal School of Needlework.
Upcoming

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk

A retrospective exploring the often-surprising history of one of the UK’s oldest and most revered applied arts organisations.

From 1 April 2022

Past exhibitions and displays

A fabric print created using the batik technique

Annie Phillips: Ancient Technique and Contemporary Art

Over 30 examples of Phillips' use of the ancient form of Batik, a dyeing technique that can be traced back to ancient Egypt.

18 May 2021 - 12 September 2021
A trio of dresses from the Chintz: Cotton in Bloom exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

Over 150 examples of this textile, from mittens and wall hangings to extravagant 18th-century sun hats and stylish mourning dresses.

18 May 2021 - 12 September 2021

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

Celebrating the work of Designers Guild, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.

14 February 2020 - 21 February 2021
Norman Hartnell's famous model Dolores models in the salon at 26 Bruton Street, Mayfair, circa 1948

Norman Hartnell – A Tribute

A display of selected clothes, accessories and memorabilia demonstrating Hartnell’s lasting effect on British design and craftsmanship.

27 September 2019 - 26 January 2020
Part of the exhibition, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

This comprehensive retrospective traversing fifty years of a fascinating and varied career of a true design legend.

27 September 2019 - 26 January 2020
Traditional Peruvian textiles and costumes on display during the exhibition, Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru at the fashion and Textile Museum

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

We explore the processes and practices of historic and contemporary Peruvian costumes, dating from pre-Hispanic to the present day.

21 June 2019 - 8 September 2019