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There’s never been a more important time to support the Fashion and Textile Museum. Find out how you can help.

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The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Museum was founded in 2003 by Dame Zandra Rhodes, an icon of British design, with the mission of preserving the work of her contemporaries, across British fashion and textile design.

Over the last two decades, and under the ownership of Newham College since 2007, the Fashion and Textile Museum has broadened its mission. Today, the Museum has staged over 30 major exhibitions, featuring British and international designers, artists, and brands and is dedicated to the celebration and exploration of textiles, fashion and related disciplines.

The majority of our income comes from you: our visitors, learners and supporters. Every penny of income you help us to generate is put back into the running of the Museum – into producing our exhibitions, running our education, volunteer and digital programmes, and conserving our collection. We can’t do this without you and the support you give us. Find out how you can support us.

Outfits on display during the exhibition 1920s Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Donors makes a real difference and the Fashion and Textile Museum relies on the generosity of supporters who share our passion for fashion and textile design.

Your donations help us to continue creating high-quality exhibitions and educational programmes and continue our work as the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design.

At this challenging time, your support is needed more than ever. Support us with a one-off donation or a regular amount.

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Other ways to support us


Did you know the Museum offers volunteering opportunities? Every volunteer offers invaluable support to the Museum whilst also gaining experience in the museum sector.

Volunteer opportunities are advertised on our website and will appear here when new opportunities become available. Please do not send any unsolicited CVs.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid allows us to claim an extra 25p for every £1 when purchasing a ticket or making a donation if you are a UK taxpayer. By saying ‘yes’ at the till point or when prompted online, the additional income will help us to continue producing our phenomenal exhibitions, run our education, volunteer and digital programmes, and conserve our collection.

Museum shop

The shop stocks a curated selection of books, gifts and accessories inspired by our exhibitions and from both up-and-coming and established designers and authors.

You can drop by during museum hours or browse our selection of products online.

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Learn more about our recently closed #fashionandtextilesforever crowdfunding campaign to secure the future of the Fashion and Textile Museum as our income was decimated due to national lockdowns and local tier restrictions as a result of the pandemic.

We are extremely grateful for your astoundingly generous donations and thankful to everyone who was able to help us secure the future of this important institution.

Read about our crowdfunder campaign
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