This afternoon I cycled up to Bermondsey Street to visit the Fashion and Textile Museum for the first time. First time? Yeah, shameful I know… The FTM has always been on my radar but I’ve never been really that inspired by any of their exhibitions enough to actually get off my arse and go. Anyway, I went because the current exhibition is a retrospective of Kaffe Fassett’s 50 year career in Textile Arts. I have to admit that I have never really a massive fan of Kaffe’s but after visiting the exhibition I have a new found respect for his works – especially his creative use of colour.
I always found his work too busy, a bit OTT… a chintz overload basically but on closer inspection of the various displays, I found that there were loads of pieces featured in the exhibition that I loved individually. Plenty of dream sweaters were on display along one wall of the exhibition and the main part of the room paid homage to Kaffe’s fantastic quilts and knitted blankets.
Maybe I’ve come away a bit brainwashed? It was an intensely rich and colourful experience. My only disappointment was that there didn’t seem to be any of his designs for Missoni on display but then the exhibition tended to focus more on his personal work and design.
If Kaffe’s your thing then I’d recommend that you go as soon as possible and even if he’s not, go but perhaps save it for a gloomy day…