The Fashion and Textiles Museum is a museum based in Bermondsey dedicated to all aspects of fashion and textile design. Founded in 2003 by the designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum is now operated by Newham College and rather than running a permanent exhibition, offers an ongoing programme of temporary displays. The museum is housed in a converted warehouse which was redesigned by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in collaboration with Rhodes. It was Legorreta's first and only building in Europe. In addition to the exhibition space, the building contains a textile studio and printing workshop and private residential quarters. The building has become a tourist attraction in its own right due to its outrageous colour scheme of hot pink, burnt orange, yellow, and bright blue. Past exhibitions have included Riveria Style: Resort and Swimwear Style Since 1900, Knitwear: From Chanel to Westwood and Designing Women: Post-war British textiles.
The current exhibition (through 28th of February) is Liberty in Fashion. “I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.” Arthur Lasenby Liberty. Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio take centre stage as the internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints and dress fabrics. There is also a display The Art of Pattern, which is on concurrently. March sees the beginning of the Art in Textiles exhibition. All levels are accessible. Easy Read guides are available.
Location : 83 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3XF
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 to 18:00.
Thursday until 20:00.
Sunday 11:00 to 17:00.
Tickets : Adults £9.00, Concessions £7.00.
Students £6.00, Under 12 Free.
There are talks every Thursday evening.
Tel: 020 7407 8664.