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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Andy Warhol Ice Cream Desserts

Andy Warhol: The Textiles

31 Mar – 10 Sep 2023

An exhibition exploring the beautiful and fascinating textile designs by the influential pop artist and icon Andy Warhol.

Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern

23 Sep 2022 – 12 Mar 2023

Explore Fassett’s world with some of his own original artworks as well as works inspired by him from international quilters and makers.

Goldwork Sampler for the Coronation Robe of State, 1953. Copyright Royal School of Needlework.

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

1 Apr – 4 Sep 2022

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

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

Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture

1 Oct 2021 – 13 Mar 2022

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

A trio of dresses from the Chintz: Cotton in Bloom exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

18 May – 12 Sep 2021

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

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

14 Feb 2020 – 21 Feb 2021

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

Part of the exhibition, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

27 Sep 2019 – 26 Jan 2020

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

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

21 Jun – 8 Sep 2019

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

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

8 Feb – 2 Jun 2019

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

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