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"Sampled Lives" An exhibition of Samplers

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 7 October 2018

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils, encompassing their education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills. The display also highlights the individuality of each sampler, which in some cases is the only surviving document to record the existence of an ordinary young woman.

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Lotherton Hall, Leeds

Until 26 October.  A stunning new exhibition of fashion and textiles in a unique country house setting.  Discover sumptuous silk brocades, geometric dhaka cotton weaves, fine Kashmir wool shawls and whole rainbows of printed prayer flags.   See the website:for more details:


An exhibition at the Bradford Industrial Museum until Sunday 4 November 2018

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There wil be a lecture and mixed media workshop relating to this exhibition on Thursday 3 May 2018.  For further details click on the following link:

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore

7 July 2018 - 6 January 2019

This summer’s latest major fashion exhibition is by the undisputed king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore.  Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades, capturing the key moments at legendary fashion shows such as Balenciaga,Chanel, Dior, John Galliano,Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

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"Fashioned from Nature"

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

21st April 2018 to 27th January 2019

The V&A is set to host the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. Entitled "Fashioned from Nature", the unique exposition will showcase fashionable garments alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing process in order to encourage viewers to think more about how and where their clothes are made.

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Fashion Museum, Bath

Royal Women:  Alexandra, Elizabeth, Margaret: public life, personal style

Exhibition on until 29 April 2019.  For more information click on  the link below