In 1872, the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) was founded on two key principles – the first, the preservation of hand embroidery as an art form and the second, the support of women’s independence through work. In the intervening 150 years, the RSN’s journey towards these goals has taken many unexpected forms and featured countless high-profile projects. 150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework will explore this historic organisation’s contribution to the world of embroidery. The exhibition will present collaborations with the great names of the Arts and Crafts movement, commissions produced for the British royal family, contemporary works created for top, international designers and pieces by the RSN’s talented students. Presenting textiles from the Royal School of Needlework’s own 5,000-piece archive, alongside examples from museums and collections across the UK, this in-depth retrospective will display the often surprising history of one of the UK’s oldest and most revered applied arts organisations. The exhibition is curated by Dennis Nothdruft, head of exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum, in collaboration with Dr Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive at the Royal School of Needlework. About the Royal School of Needlework Founded in 1872, the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery and will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2022. Steeped in history with unrivalled expertise in the techniques of hand embroidery, the RSN offers a wide range of courses for all levels, from beginners through to advanced. Students can choose to study courses online and onsite, including day and evening classes and the Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. The RSN also teaches BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery and the Future Tutors Programme, which trains tutors for the next generation. The Royal School of Needlework is based at Hampton Court Palace and teaches across the UK and internationally. For more information, visit royal-needlework.org.uk. 1 April – 4 September 2022 Daily, 11.00 – 18.00 £12.65. Some concessions may apply Plan your visit
“We were young, rich and beautiful, and the tide – we thought – was turning in our favour. We were going to change everything, of course, but mostly we were going to change the rules.” – Marianne Faithfull. In the mid-1960s a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution. Freed and fuelled by creative exploration and experimentation, they began selling radical clothing to the counterculture youth. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration. Beautiful People explores fabulous and rare examples from these era-defining stores and designers, examining the shared free spirit of Granny Takes A Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Mr Fish, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more. Clothes worn by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix will be displayed as part of recreations of these iconic boutiques. Book tickets.
Explore the Fashion and Textile Museum’s popular exhibition, MISSONI ART COLOUR, organised by the MA*GA Art Museum in collaboration with Missoni, with the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft. With the founding of their eponymous company in 1953 in Gallarate, Italy, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni changed the fashion world’s – and our – perceptions of the knitted garment forever. The combination of Ottavio’s interest in art, design and colour, and Rosita’s innate sensibility to clothing engendered a whole new approach to dressing. The inaugural Missoni collection, called ‘Milano-Simpathy’, was presented by the couple at the famous La Rinascente store in 1958. A fashion show for the press was staged in 1966; the unconventional use of colour and pattern in knit made it the first of many successful shows over the following decades. Join the Fashion and Textile Museum for this Online Event and discover the creative process of Italian fashion house, Missoni, and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, in the context of 20th century fine art. One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art, making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion. Tickets are £5. Book now.
Since 1971, Reiss has delivered modern clothes of timeless appeal. With a global sensibility and a knack for creating elegant tailoring refined knitwear and most recently a leisurewear range, the brand is a favourite of royalty and celebrities worldwide. Look for their signatures such as tailored jackets, coats, cashmere knits and evening dresses. Visit Website Western Arcade, London Bridge Station, SE1 9SP
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend. The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London. Exhibition Dates: 27 September 2019 – 26 January 2020 | Book Online Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am – 5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Image: Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.
The Fashion and Textile Museum have revealed their next exhibition: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, arriving on February 8th 2019. The exhibition will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson. Exhibition Dates: 8 February – 2 June 2019 Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am–5pm Last admission 45 minutes before closing Closed Mondays Tickets Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability. £9.90 adults* / £8.80 concessions* / £7 students * Includes 10% gift aid Children under 12 are free. Book Online
In an unrivalled location surrounded by landmarks, restaurants and bars, Whistles newest London store in London Bridge will host all your favourite pieces from their current womenswear collections. Check out the Whistles Neighbourhood Guide Whistles is a contemporary fashion brand for the busy, dynamic woman. They create timeless pieces with an intelligent sense of design. Collections are considered, wearable and yet distinct, with true seven days a week appeal, crafted to fit effortlessly into modern life. https://www.whistles.com Whistles joins an influx of new retailers in London Bridge Station’s Western Arcade.
Celebrating British fashion and heritage since 1988, Ted Baker is globally recognised for its menswear, womenswear, accessories and lifestyle collections. An ode to gleaming details, joyous moments and all the adventure in between. Ted is pleased to offer DealCard holders a 15% privilege rate at his London Bridge store. Find Ted in the Western Arcade in London Bridge Station Ted Baker | Unit SU25, London Bridge Station, London, SE1 9SP +44 (0) 207 015 1300 T&Cs Terms and Conditions: This offer is only available the Ted Baker London Bridge store. This offer is available against the purchase of full-priced merchandise only and cannot be used against the purchase of gift cards. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. This offer is only available to customers who present their deal card at point of purchase. Ted Baker reserves the right to amend or change this offer at any time without notice.
Oliver Bonas is an independent British lifestyle store, designing their own take on fashion and homeware. Company Overview Our story starts with our founder, Olly. His creative upbringing, culturally influenced by the many countries he lived in, instilled a love of design and an exploratory spirit from an early age. At university whilst studying Anthropology, Olly began to bring back gifts for friends from his travels abroad. He turned this into a small business and in 1993 the first store opened in London, repainted by his friends with Olly behind a second-hand till. Over two decades on, Oliver Bonas has evolved from curating others’ designs to creating our own. Our team of designers now take Olly’s exploratory spirit and channel it into our fashion and homeware collections. We are inspired by the alchemy of great design, fresh thinking, and the belief that design has the power to positively affect how we feel. New designs land in store and online every week. Today, OB has grown to over 60 stores across the UK and is run by an amazing team who share Olly’s passion for bringing new ideas to life. We have fun and follow our company motto: Work Hard, Play Hard & Be Kind. The London Bridge branch of Oliver Bonas is located on the lower concourse of London Bridge Station. Platform access only. Open daily 7am-9pm.
Charles Tyrwhitt is a Jermyn Street menswear company committed to delivering the best of classic British style to the world. It was founded in 1986 by Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler, a firm believer in the idea that there’s no better way of dressing than in Britain’s time-transcending, world-renowned codes of elegance. Mr. Wheeler went on a mission to deliver high-quality, classic, and quintessentially British shirts at affordable prices, making it easy for men to dress well. The business grew to lead a worldwide revolution in the way men dress. Without giving up on classic elegance, Charles Tyrwhitt introduced non-iron shirts, stretch chinos, shoes, and other styles of timeless appeal with modern finishes for the man of today, helping change the course of men’s fashion. The Charles Tyrwhitt Tooley Street store is one of the label’s most welcoming branches, located right by Hay’s Galleria, opposite London Bridge station. It holds a selection of Tyrwhitt’s flawless formal and casual shirts of impeccable fit, as well as sharp suits, top-drawer business casual staples, trousers, and a marvellous footwear range. Charles Tyrwhitt are offering London Bridge DealCard holders 10% discount at their Tooley Street store. Make a visit to be greeted by their charming staff – trained and ready to resolve any style conundrum, fitting question, or just to guide you through a wardrobe refresh.