I love going to exhibitions relating to anything Fashion, Textiles and Fun.
But there is a plethora of things going on all over the place that fall under these categories that I just can’t get to. BUT this doesn’t mean you can’t go to them?!
Here is my list of what’s going on in April:
20 October 2015 – 8 May 2016 – The First World War: From RAMM’s Collection Home Front Fashions
This small display is part of RAMM’s four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, events and activities that focuses on the First World War’s impact on the people and landscape of the Southwest. Developed with regional and national partners, it examines the wider social and cultural changes that have had a lasting effect on our everyday lives. Held at Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter.
28 November 2015 – 10 April 2016 – Quiltscapes and Quiltline by Pauline Burbridge
Quiltscapes & Quiltline features a collection of new work by this acclaimed textile artist, inspired by the beauty of the rural landscape around her home in the Scottish Borders, where she lives and works at the Bowes Museum Durham.
11 February – 22 May – Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcases the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
See my review of this event here.
11 March – 17 April 2016 – Art Textiles: Marian Clayden
Celebrating the artist who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business at The Fashion and Textiles Museum London.
Check out my review here.
19 March 2016 – 1 January 2018 – A History of Fashion in 100 Objects
Celebrating the history of fashion from the 1500s to the present day through 100 star objects from Fashion Museum Bath’s collection.
25 March – 7 Dec 2016 – Putting on the Glitz
Dazzling 1930s evening gowns take centre stage in the ‘Putting on the Glitz’ exhibition, revealing how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood was reflected in the fashions of the period at Sudley House part of National Museums Liverpool.
There is a free talk at 1pm on 13 April.
31 March – 19 June 2016 – Moses, Mods and Mr. Fish: The Menswear Revolution
Moses, Mods and Mr Fish takes you on a journey from tailoring workshops to the boutique revolution and mod culture of the swinging ‘60s.
Explore the changing male image and menswear revolution over a 150-year period; from the 19th century formal silhouette through to the post-war period when young men stopped dressing like their fathers, becoming detail-obsessed mods or flamboyant peacocks. Held at The Jewish Museum London.
There is also a workshop called In The Loop on 10 April where you could make you’re own tie.
Throughout April – Savile Row Tour: Men’s Fashion Heritage
On Mondays and the last Saturday of the month, Dr Cindy Lawford offers two-hour tours that explain how British tailors and shoemakers, royals, military heroes and celebrities have together set many of the prevailing fashions for Western men for hundreds of years, going back to the seventeenth century. Check out the details here.
Until 29 May – Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
Social fabric explores how the printed and factory-woven textiles of eastern and southern Africa mirror the changing times, fashions and tastes of the region. Bringing together kanga from Kenya and Tanzania, and shweshwe from southern Africa the exhibition reveals how these fabrics express the social, political, religious, emotional and even sexual concerns of the people who wear them. Held at the William Morris Gallery London.
There is a fashion showcase on 21 April at 7pm and a lunchtime tour on 28 April at 1pm.
16 April – 12 March – Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
This exhibition tells the story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day. It explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal. See it at the V&A London.
18/19 April 2016 – TexFusion
The textiles sourcing show for the UK. View and buy the latest collections from the best world textile manufacturers. TRADE ONLY.
22-24 April – British Quilt and Stitch Village 2016
With a whole range of workshops and demonstrations, it’s worth a look if you’re interested in quilting and needlework. Check out the list on the website here.
30 April – 2 May – Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show
The Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show will be making a return to Penshurst Place, near Tonbridge this year from 30th April – 2nd May. This is your chance to discover beautifully crafted British products and soak up the atmosphere of the most prestigious craft show in the country; with 250 stands and activities to experience and enjoy.
30 April 2016 – 8 January 2017 – Fashion Cities Africa
Exploring practices of dress, fashion and styling in four major African cities at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
Maybe I’ll see you at some of these events?