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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.

A section of the exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

8 Feb – 2 Jun 2019

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

Fashion sketches by Elizabeth Suter

Elizabeth Suter: Sharp Lines and Swift Sketches

8 Feb – 2 Jun 2019

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

Some of Cecil Beaton’s most influential and recognisable portraits on display, including those of Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli, Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn.

Cecil Beaton: Thirty from the 30s – Fashion, Film and Fantasy

12 Oct 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

Presenting some of Beaton’s most influential and recognisable portraits, featuring subjects including Salvador Dali and Katharine Hepburn.

Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

12 Oct 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them.

A selection of handbags on display during the exhibition, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

25 May – 23 Sep 2018

Exploring all aspects of Orla’s creative output, from lifestyle and fashion ranges to the use of colour, detail and the geometry of pattern.

A compilation of photographs where the subjects wear a variety of slogans on the backs of their T-shirts

T: The Typology of The T-Shirt

9 Feb – 6 May 2018

A compilation of photographs exploring the use of the T-shirt to convey strong and passionate opinions on a variety of subjects.

A collection of different types of scissors

The Secret Life of Scissors

9 Feb – 6 May 2018

Exploring the complex multiple lives of scissors; everyday objects, universal tools but also ambiguous ‘things’.

T-shirts as luxury fashion items as part of the exhibition, T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion, at the Fashion and Textile Museum

T-Shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion

9 Feb – 6 May 2018

An exhibition charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet.

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