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Exhibition: The Fabric of Democracy: Propaganda Textiles from the French Revolution to Brexit

Location

Fashion and Textile Museum,

83 Bermondsey Street, London,
SE1 3XF

Dates

This exhibition runs from Fri, 29th Sep 2023 to Sat, 2nd Mar 2024.

Forthcoming dates:

Fri,
23rd Feb 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Sat,
24th Feb 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Tue,
27th Feb 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Wed,
28th Feb 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Thu,
29th Feb 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Fri,
1st Mar 2024  
(11am - 6pm)
Sat,
2nd Mar 2024  
(11am - 6pm)  <– Last Day!

Cost: £12.65

Description

This exhibition explores printed propaganda textiles over more than two centuries, from the French Revolution to Brexit.

Curated by design historian Amber Butchart, this exhibition explores printed propaganda textiles over more than two centuries. Discover how fabric designers and manufacturers have responded to political upheaval from the French Revolution through to Brexit.

The mechanisation of textile industries from the mid-18th century led to the development of print techniques that could create more detailed imagery on cloth, quicker than ever before. These increasingly affordable processes ‘democratised’ textile decoration, allowing governments, regimes, and corporations to harness the power of print to communicate, from wartime slogans to revolutionary ideals.

Propaganda is usually associated with public art and monumental sculpture. Through this exhibition, explore how fabrics have been used as a political medium both in the home and on the body, through furnishing and fashion. Find out how textiles were used as a tool of the state across the political spectrum, from communism to fascism. Discover how a fraternal crisis in the monarchy played out on cloth, and how democracies promote national identity through textile design.

On display will be textiles from countries including Britain, America, Italy, Germany and Austria, ranging from French toile de Jouy to Japanese robes from the Asia-Pacific war, and Cultural Revolution-era Chinese fabrics which have rarely before been exhibited in the UK.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Disclaimer

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This exhibition runs from Fri, 29th Sep 2023 to Sat, 2nd Mar 2024

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

February 2024

March 2024

Location

Fashion and Textile Museum,

83 Bermondsey Street, London,
SE1 3XF

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