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Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood Exhibition

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I think knitwear has a tendency to be thought of as 'uncool'. I must admit, when thinking knitwear my first thoughts are of scarves and jumpers knitted by your gran for Christmas. It is one of those archetypal gags that everyone is familiar with.

But knitwear can in fact be very fashionable, as the Textile and Fashion Museum have set out to prove in their latest exhibition, Chanel to Westwood. Running until the 18th January all displays are included in the admission price, which is £8.80 for adults, £6.60 concessions, and £5.50 students.

The exhibition will feature inspirational vintage fashion knitwear from the twentieth century, such as a 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, a 1970s Bill Gibb, and conceptual garments from 1980s and1990s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood, and Julien MacDonald. These fashions also illustrate the timeline of different fashion trends, such as pop and punk.

As part of the exhibit, the museum will present the first ever display of the Watts wallpaper company. Pattern showcases wallpapers from 1870 up to present day as part of the company's 140th anniversary. You can also explore the fashion photography of Norman Parkinson, learn How to Draw Vintage Fashion , and see new Visionary Knitwear from fashion graduates.
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Why? Discover the history of fashionable knitwear
When: Until 19th Jan 2015
Phone: 020 7407 8664
Where: Fashion & Textile Museum
Cost: £8.80 adult, £6.60 concession, £5.50 student, under 12s free
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