Past exhibitions

Our past exhibitions, telling the stories of the changing face of contemporary fashion and textile design over the decades from the world’s best designers and makers.

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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
A display from the exhibition, Will You Be My Valentine? Works by Natalie Gibson, at The Fashion and Textile Museum

Will You Be My Valentine? Works by Natalie Gibson

This display explores some of the works from the legendary fashion print icon and inspiration to many students and designers.

8 February 2019 - 2 June 2019
A section of the exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

An extensive look at an innovative era in London’s history where fashion, music and art were used to demand and affect societal change.

8 February 2019 - 2 June 2019
Fashion sketches by Elizabeth Suter

Elizabeth Suter: Sharp Lines and Swift Sketches

A selection of Suter’s work, including coverage of Dior and Yves Saint Laurent catwalk shows, highlighting her distinctive approach.

8 February 2019 - 2 June 2019