Fashion and Textile Museum

My favorite part of our London trip.

Our travel itinerary was jam packed so we had to cut some sights out. One thing I didn’t want to miss was the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s located in the Southwark borough of London, not too far from Borough Market from memory I believe Borough market was about a half mile walk.

It’s a bit tucked away between flats and businesses but once you see this tan and purple building you’ve reached it.


After choosing between a £9.00 (regular admission) or £9.90 (donation admission). You can head on into the exhibit that covers the whole museum. The current exhibition is all about the Jazz Age.

The very first section is a display of Costumes from Great Gatsby remake in 2013.


This one is called Chandelier dress. Carey Mulligan wore this during the movie.


My second favorite outfit didn’t have a name.


I think this next picture was the start of the next part of the exhibition. It was about the illustrator Gordon Conway. She was an illustrator for Vanity Fair.


This was one of my favorite displays.


The rest of the displays had certain themes and information describing the outfits like fabric, stitching techniques, and the origins of how certain trends. The one above was displaying outfits for going on a passenger train ride.

This is a display of clothing worn in the spring. There’s heavy uses of chiffon and cotton along with beautiful embroidery.


Picnics became more elaborate during the 1920’s (thanks to the invention of the car) and so did dresses for it. My favorite picnic dress below involves couch stitch. Couch stitching is an embroidery technique where ribbon, wool, cord, or embroidery floss is  stitched on  top of fabric with tiny stitches.


One last picnic pic.


After the spring section there were sections for sports wear. I enjoyed seeing the swim wear the most. There was also tennis outfits but the were bland looking compared to the colorful swimsuits.


I noticed scarfs were really popular during the 1920’s. I thought it was cute seeing the outfits being completed with a headscarf.


This was displayed on the way to the second level of the museum.


Chinese inspired sleepwear.


I had to get a closeup of this look.


I forgot the exact context behind this display but I remember it being Chanel inspired.


This cape was one of other favorite pieces. It’s made of satin and includes frogging (the braided decorated closure on the cape). According to the information listed in the display, frogging became popular because of the Russian style of the Russian immigrants that flocked to Paris following the 1917 revolution .


Now into the outfits for nights out on the town.


The coat on the left was Cubist art inspired.Both dresses are made of Lamé. Lamé is a fabric with thin metallic fibers  in it. It’s typically used in evening dresses or theatrical performances.


More Raglan sleeves.


I usually don’t pay too much attention to the 1920’s fashion wise but after walking around the museum I couldn’t help but feel inspired to find (and create) pieces like these to incorporate into my own wardrobe. There’s so much glamour in the 20’s like the 50’s. Heavy uses of pinks, pastel colors, gold and black, embroidery, oversized dresses, fur trims, scarfs and headbands…I love all that!

I also learned about sewing and stitching techniques I’ve never heard of before like frogging. I highly recommend checking out the Fashion and Textile Museum in London if you’re in the area and you love fashion. There’s so much to learn. I didn’t show pictures of it but they also had clips of silent films being played on the first floor. On the second they had a room dedicated to photography taken during the 1920’s and had numerous biographies of men and women of the era. Oh and the gift shop at Fashion and Textile Museum is awesome too! They have tons of books on fashion and design and local designer items like jewelry and scarfs.

Next museum I want to check out next time we’re in England is the Fashion Museum.

Let me know what y’all thought! Have a good rest of your day ♥♥♥♥♥



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