Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster

London College of Communication – 13th Sept – 16th Oct 2014

Standard Ticket: Free.

Exhibition by Alan Kitching (RDI AGI Hon FRCA) and Monotype

Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand were well-known for creating iconic and memorable posters. This unique set of prints created by Alan Kitching and Monotype commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of these five giants of graphic design. A poster has been created in the spirit of each individual’s work and using the typefaces associated with each individual. Also exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters designed by Eckersley, Games, Henrion, Müller-Brockmann and Rand.

Part of LCC’s 160 exhibition #LCC160

Entry Details:
Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
(Saturday 11:00am until 4:00pm and Sunday closed)

Well Gallery
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood

The Fashion and Textile Museum |19th Sept 2014 – 18th Jan 2015

Standard Ticket: £8.00

Charting over 100 years of knitwear history, beginning with the functional garments of the early 20th century and spanning up to the experimental designs Julien MacDonald created for Givenchy and Chanel in the 1990s.

The 150 items of knitwear have been drawn from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, which is on show to the public for the first time. Displayed chronologically, early exhibits include knitted sportswear popularised during the First World War and easy-wearing Chanel twinsets from the 1920s.

Moving onto the clothing restrictions and rations of the Second World War, the display explores how women became creative with old knitwear. Sweaters were unravelled and the yarn recycled to make new multi-colour jumpers which made a feature of the variety of wools used.

The transformation from functional to fashionable was complete by the 1950s, influenced in large part by its popularity with Hollywood stars and leading avant garde designers. Examples of the ‘cocktail sweater’ feature a defined waist and embellishments at the neck and shoulders, while the crocheted mini-dress epitomises youth quake style in the 60s. There are also items of brightly coloured ‘novelty knit’ with kitsch motifs; a hallmark of 1970s fashion.

Raquel Welch - 1967

Raquel Welch – 1967

Concurrent displays in the mezzanine and ground floor galleries include Visionary Knitwear – bold designs from the 21st century selected by Sandy Black from the London College of Fashion – and Knitwear in Fashion Photography, featuring pictures from magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Queen.

The Fashion and Textile, Museum83, Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF,
Tel: 020 7407 8664

Entry details

Tue – Sat, 11am – 6pm (Sun until 5pm) during exhibitions