Fashion and Textile Museum LogoFashion and Textile Museum Workshops

The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.

Situated in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Village, in a fantastic building designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the FTM aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion, jewellery and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creatives. Now redeveloped and operated by Newham College, the museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and jewellery industry.

The Museum does not have a permanent display, but offers an exciting program of focussed temporary exhibitions and displays throughout the year which allows the Museum to showcase a rich variety of contemporary fashion and textile items.


In addition to the the exhibitions, the museum organises a series of workshops. They tend to sold out, so book in advance if you are interested in attending any of them.

Draw like a Designer / for Ages 12+

Wednesday 5 April / 11:30am or 2pm

Do you want to sharpen up your drawing skills? Look no further! Join us on this practical class to learn drawing tricks and design tips based on the Museum’s book How to Draw Like a Fashion Designer.

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Super Sketchbooks / for Ages 12-18

Thursday 6 April / 10:30am or 2:30pm

A fun filled 2-hour workshop designed to inspire and excite a new generation of designers and artists.

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Silk Painting Workshop

Wednesday 12 April / 10:45am – 4:30pm

Achieve luminous effects on silk fabric taking inspiration from the colourful palette and beautiful designs that are synonymous with the designer Josef Frank.

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Introduction to Dye Techniques

Wednesday 19 April / 11:30am–4pm

In this day beginners introduction to the class will start with an introductory talk on dyeing techniques by tutor Michele after which participants will dye their own cotton tote bag, which will be left to bond with the dyes.

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Millinery Techniques – Floral Headpiece

Saturday 22 April | 10.45am or 2.30pm

The perfect introductory class for the budding milliner. Join the expert team at Atelier Millinery as they take you through the inspiring process of making a floral headpiece step-by-step from start to finish.

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Fashion Drawing

Wednesday 7 June / 11:30am–1:30pm

Take this opportunity to learn fashion drawing skills from the Museum’s curator Dennis Nothdruft and author of the bestselling book How To Draw Like a Fashion Designer.

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Tapestry Weaving Introduction / 1-day workshop

Saturday 10 June / 11:15am-5pm

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.

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Couture Techniques / 1-day workshop

Saturdays on 8 Apr / 17 Jun / 15 Jul / 12 Aug / 16 Sept

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.

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Pattern Cutting Introduction / 2-day Saturday workshop

Saturday 24 June & Saturday 1 July / 10:45am – 4:30pm

Led by creative pattern maker Michelle Lewis participants will cover the basic rules of flat pattern cutting.

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