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Fashion from Hartnell to Amies
fashion and textile museum, hartnell, amies, couture by royal appointment
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Shopping. It's what some people live for, while for others it is a test of endurance. Whichever it is for you, getting clothes specifically tailored is always a good thing. For those who hate shopping, it means you don't have to bother hiking round the shops, trying on clothes, and looking for something that fits. For those who love shopping, it is your chance to be pampered and receive the best customer service money can buy.

In an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, the world of tailored fashion is being celebrated with their exhibit, Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment. It will focus on
London couture fashion by designers who have received patronage by the Queen. These include Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies, and Frederick Fox. Displaying timeless elegance, you will learn about the ground-breaking British designers who helped put London on the international fashion map after the Second World War.

The exhibition is on until the 23rd February, Tuesday to Saturday between 11 am & 6 pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for students & concessions. You can book online or call 0844 248 5076.

There shall also be events accompanying the exhibit:

Saturday 12th January, 11am–4pm
Fashion Knitwear – Handknitting Part 1

If you are interested in learning how to knit, this workshop will teach you how to design contemporary garments. You will research new trends in knitwear, consider the types of materials to use, and learn the basics of knitting with demonstrations by Wendy Baker and Belinda Boaden.

The course costs £70, and although basic materials are provided, they are limited, and you might want to bring some of your own for inspiration. To book call 020 7407 8664.

Saturday 16th & 23rd February, 11am–4pm
Pattern Cutting Introduction (2-day course)

Over two Saturdays pattern maker, Michelle Lewis, will teach you the basics of flat pattern cutting. With a focus on women's wear, you will learn how to use fashion black to make the components of a garment, such as the sleeves. It will involve bodice dart manipulations, style lines and how to add fullness through gathers and pleats.

By the end of the course you will be able to create a simple clothing patterns, take fittings, do dart manipulation, pivoting and slashing, sew a toile, and use specialist equipment.

You will need to bring a metric tape measure, fabric shears, paper shears, fine steel pins, fine pointed tracing wheel, pencils (hb), and a felt tip pen.

The course costs £140 plus entry to the exhibit. You can book by calling 020 7407 8664.
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Why? Learn about fashion
When: Until 23rd February
Phone: 0844 248 5076
Where: Fashion and Textile Museum
Cost: £7 adult, £5 children, £40 workshop, £140 course
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