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KNITWEAR: Chanel to Westwood

KNITWWEAR Chanel to Westwood

On 19th September, the Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street in London will launch a new exhibition of inspirational 20th century fashion knitwear.

KNITWEAR: Chanel to Westwood will feature over 150 inspirational knitwear pieces from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield – well known curators of one of the best vintage clothing archives and the couple who famously said ‘No’ to Kate Moss when she asked to buy one of their pieces.

The retrospective, that will feature rare pieces by Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Missoni and Comme Des Garcons, charts the influence of arts movements on knitwear design – pop, punk and deconstruction – alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

Along with the pieces from the Butterfield’s collection there will also be a display of bold knitting designs from the 21st century selected by Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion and Textiles Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, as well as a selection of fashion photographs by Norman Parkinson charting the increasing prominence of knitwear in fashion.

Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum, Dennis Nothdruft said: ‘Knitwear is imbued with narrative and memory. This exhibition is a way of accessing other people’s stories, in particular the fashion sensibilities of collectors Mark and Cleo Butterfield through their iconic and personal pieces. Highlights include rare Chanel cardigan suits, 1930s swimwear, vibrant Missoni patterns and 1970s Bill Gibb as well as conceptual garments by Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald.’

The exhibition is open 19 September 2014 - 18 January 2015 

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Closed Mondays

£8.80 adults*
£6.60 concessions*
£5.50 students

For more information, visit http://ftmlondon.org/

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