Fashion & Textile Museum – Marian Clayden Exhibition

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On 11th March 2016 a new exhibition opened in London’s Fashion and Textiles museum featuring various works by artist, Marian Clayden and we just had to go and check it out!

Clayden has produced various pieces from intricate jewellery to floor length hanging installation pieces all using various dying, resisting and discharge methods. Although the ‘do not touch’ signs are frequently seen, her works are very easy to view up close and it really adds to the exhibition being able to see the beautiful detail in her designs.

As well as hanging fabric, Clayden’s materials have been made up into garments, including a dress made from digital printed ink jet fabric 2003. Not only are finished garments displayed but also imagery of the behind the scenes processes!

Even though the majority of Clayden’s work is very fashion orientated in some of her earlier work have a visual focus as she concentrated a lot on how it was displayed. One of her works seen at the exhibition entitled ‘Ribbons’ was created using dyed, discharged, ripped and burnt silk hung from a wooden bar. The piece is always moving due to the weight of the fabric, so, along with the light, the colour tones are always changing.

The exhibition continues up stairs to explore her Global influences to many of her collections. The use of techniques changes as you can look up close at some beautiful Shibori and Ombré dyed garments. Clayden liked to be experimental and displayed is a garment created with a sandwich toaster!


Museum has tour guides informing you more about Marian Clayden’s work at regular times throughout the day but if you choose to look at the exhibition in your own time handouts are given for extra info!

The exhibition is open till 17th April 2016 so make sure you don’t miss out!

By Philippa Martin


Exhibition Details:

Location: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students / Children under 12 are free.

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm

Thursdays until 8pm

Sundays, 11am–5pm

Closed Mondays

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