What’s On July 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 July:

5 July 2016 – Silver Ring Workshop



Carve your desired design into jewellers wax, which is then cast into silver, polished and returned back to you within 2 weeks. Join Drink, Shop & Do for a night of creativity and a complimentary cocktail! No retail mark ups, just one-off pieces made by you. To find out more, head to their website here.


6 July 2016 – Cardboard Cribs



Create and pimp your cardboard crib for your favourite celeb! Be prepared to host Drink, Shop & Do through your Crib before judging. To find out more, head to their website here.



9-10 July 2016 – Pattern Cutting Introduction



Led by creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis participants will cover the basic rules of flat pattern cutting. The 2-day course focuses on using fashion blocks to create womenswear garment components including simple sleeves and skirts. This process will include bodice dart manipulations, style lines and how to add fullness through gathers and pleats. For more information head to the Fashion and Textiles Museum website here.


12 July 2016 – I Make Knots – Knitted Merino Clutch Workshop



‘I MAKE KNOTS’ have teamed up with luxury New York knitting brand MANOUSH (suppliers of mega yarn for the knitter with a bit-of-attitude), to use one of their glam kits to make a clutch. A clutch so soft and light that you might think the sheep had wings. You’ll be knitting away with massive Manuosh needles and by the end of the session have your clutch to take home. To find out more, head to the Drink, Shop & Do website here.


21 July 2016 – Royal Millinery



Hats are an important and distinctive element of the Queen’s wardrobe. Join curator and historian Beatrice Behlen to learn how the hats and headscarves chosen by Elizabeth II have reflected and adapted fashionable styles for nine decades. For more information head to the Fashion and Textiles Museum website here.


28 July 2016 – The Business of Sewing: Tilly and The Buttons



Meet Tilly as she shares her story, from the satisfaction of creating her own clothes to the excitement of seeing what other people make with her company’s patterns. For the aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience, hear her experiences starting and growing a creative business and her thoughts on the evolving sewing market and the impact of television. She’ll also be happy to sign copies of her award-winning book, Love at First Stitch. For more information head to the Fashion and Textiles Museum website here.


30 July 2016 – Beginner Modern Calligraphy Workshop



A beginners workshop in modern calligraphy; taking you right through from making your first stroke to writing beautiful quotes that will be lovely enough to hang on your wall. To find out more head to the Drink, Shop & Do website here.


Open until 2 October 2016 – The BFG in Pictures



The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake, will contain 40 original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before. To find out more head to the House of Illustration website here.


19 March – 9 October – Clangers, Bagpuss and Co.

Come into the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets and filming equipment. See how characters developed, and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop-frame animation techniques. To find out more head to the V&A Museum of Childhood website here.


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.

To see my review click here.



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.


26 April – 9 October 2016 – Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances in an Antique Setting



This, his most ambitious project to date, takes inspiration from the neo-classical surroundings of the Duveen galleries and the artist’s interest in the Baroque period to create a continuous live performance. Dancers will move through the galleries interacting with architectural elements, creating a spectacle not to be missed. To find out more go to the Tate Britain website 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.

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.

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.

Maybe I’ll see you at some of these events?


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