The Fashion and Textile Museum was opened by designer Zandra Rhodes. It is a museum of fashion opened in Bermondsey, south London. The mission of the Fashion and Textile Museum is to exhibit the immense changes in contemporary fashion and textiles and educate a wide audience in all areas of fashion and textile design. FTM or the Fashion and Textile Museum represents the life long dream of founder, Zandra Rhodes. FTM aims to hold two to three major exhibitions per year, manage an innovative education and outreach programme and host an extensive digital fashion and textile archive. Fashion and Textile Museum is also the first exhibition space in London solely dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of this global industry.
The architectural design of the Fashion and Textile Museum was designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta, Mexico's most renowned architect. His design has made FTM bold and brilliant. The architecture of the Fashion and Textile Museum is well made blending with the colour, light, thick, textured walls, and water, united with culture, simplicity, privacy, environment. Legorreta’s 45-year long architectural career has been predominantly centered in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Some of his projects include: the Monterrey Central Library in Monterrey, Mexico, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, California and the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua. The FTM has been purchased by Newham College of Further Education, who are managing these developments. Zandra Rhodes remains in residence in the Zandra Rhodes Salon and is working directly with the college to achieve these goals. The Fashion and Textile Museum has adopted many plans and projects which are discussed below:
- A permanent exhibition featuring key garments by Zandra Rhodes and other world-class designers. This will change every 6 months.
- An Academy for Fashion, Textiles and Jewellery Skills. This will include support for new designers and entrepreneurs in these fields, and support for existing businesses. Regular workshops will be offered on all aspects of these skills and business areas. We will also be developing new pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programmes and foundation degrees for people wanting to work in these sectors.
- A programme of larger exhibitions and shows. A schools support programme focussed on fashion, textiles and jewellery skills.
- A Fashion Cafe serving high quality refreshments and also providing space for designers and manufacturers to sell exclusive fashion, textiles and jewellery items
- High quality, flexible exhibition and events space that can be hired for specific events.
- In the longer-term FTM intend to offer access to high quality archives for people studying and researching the fashion, textiles and jewellery fields.
To stay vibrant you can contact FTM:
Fashion and Textile Museum -
83 Bermondsey Street
+44 (0) 207 407 8664