What’s On May 2016

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 May:

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.


2 May – Mr X Stitch Hangout



Feel the itch to stitch? Mr X Stitch will be on hand at Drink, Shop & Do for a very special evening of craft, cocktails and cake. Learn all the skills you need to get stuck into this increasingly popular pastime, be inspired by some in-thread-ible designs and have a natter with other likeminded needle-bunnies.


6 May – 4 December 2016 – Missoni Art Colour



Explore 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. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London Bridge.

There are a few event on throughout May linked to this exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum:

12 May – Missoni & Italian Art – Join Roberta Cremoncini, Director of the Estorick Collection, as she describes the major shifts in 20th century Italian art and their influence on the Missoni fashion house.

15 May – Learn to Knit – Take inspiration from the Missoni exhibition, and see how knitwear is the ultimate fashion statement for every season. This 2-hour workshop will teach you the basics of knitting, and an insight into how knitting is proven to reduce stress, develop dexterity, inspire creativity and impart a sense of achievement.



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.


8 May – Make a Pair of Leather Accessories



Over the two hours you’ll learn the foundation skills – cutting leather using a rotary cutter and a punch, vital hand-sewing and gluing methods and how to monogram your work. You’ll get a choice of coloured leathers to use, and you’ll make a leather tassel keyring and a leather card holder, monogrammed with your initials. At Drink Shop Do.


9 May – Tea Towel and Tote Bag Screen Printing



Textile designer Zeena Shah will teach you the art of Screen Printing. She’ll guide you through creating your own design and getting it print ready. You’ll learn paper cutting techniques and use your cut stencils to make your finished design into a perfect screen print. At Drink Shop Do.


10 May – I Make Knots – Knit a Necklace



Whether you’re a beginner or an established crafter, Drink Shop Do‘s knot makers will be on hand to show you how to knit a twinset that even the Queen will be jealous of… Oh no you didn’t.


11 May – Couture Inside Out – 1950’s Paris and London



Join Curator Dennis Nothdruft for an up-close and intimate look at key highlights from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection. A rare opportunity to view the ins and outs of couture construction. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the internal structure and sewing techniques of couture garments from Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga.


14 May/18 June – Couture Techniques



Led by Zandra Rhode’s dress maker Jolanta Cerniauskiene, this popular 1-day workshop will give you the know-how and confidence to work with high end fabrics such as chiffon and silk satin. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London Bridge.


19 May – My Favourite Textiles: Polly Leonard



Polly Leonard shares her story and passion for textiles, with examples of some of the most thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful things she has encountered. As the Founder of Selvedge magazine, Leonard’s aim is to support talented artisans and the wider community of textile enthusiasts. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London Bridge.


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.


21/22 May – Bra Making with Madalynne



Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House are ridiculously excited to host Maddie next May for 2 days of bra making workshops. You might (and if you don’t you should!) know Maddie from her sewing blog Madalynne. She’s a super talented seamstress who started running workshops earlier this year to share her knowledge of all things bra related.


22 May – Tapestry Weaving Introduction



Led by master tapestry weaver Caron Penney, in this 1-day workshop students will learn the basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry, these include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping. The end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum, London Bridge.


23-25 May – Manchester Fashion Week



Manchester Fashion Week‘s shows bring bespoke couture fashion to the masses, making it commercially accessible. The designers you see on the catwalk may well go on to be the branded labels you cherish in the future.


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.


31 May – Tie-dye T-shirt Workshop



Hannah and Rosie from The New Craft House will teach you the different techniques then set you loose on your own t-shirt. Will you make yours a heart, spiral, spotty or scrunchy? Cost includes your choice of dye colour and t-shirt.


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 MuseumLondon.

There is also a workshop called In The Loop on 10 April where you could make you’re own tie.


16 April 2016– 12 March 2017 – 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.

See my review of this event here.


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?


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