#fashionandtextilesforever: Adopt a Mannequin!

by Fashion and Textile Museum in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st March 2023 we successfully raised £7,210 ( + est. £1292.50 Gift Aid ) with 148 supporters in 28 days

Help us raise £10,000 to purchase new specialist mannequins in our bid to secure fashion and textiles for everyone.

by Fashion and Textile Museum in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Help us raise £10,000 to purchase specialist mannequins for our upcoming exhibition Andy Warhol: The Textiles. #fashionandtextilesforever

We were absolutely blown away by your support for our last Crowd Funding campaign to help the Museum survive through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. We are reaching out for your help again, this time to invest in new specialist mannequins.

Please help us by adopting a mannequin, secure fashion and textiles for future generations. #fashionandtextilesforever

Why we need your help...

In April we will be opening our upcoming exhibition Andy Warhol: The Textiles and we would like to invest in 39 specialist mannequins to ensure these previously unexhibited garments are beautifully and expertly displayed, supported, and cared for. They will also enable us to tour the exhibition nationally and internationally creating much needed income for the future security of the Museum.

The majority of our income comes from you: our supporters. Every penny is put back into the running of our Museum. Be a part of our story and help us to preserve these important garments.

Why these mannequins specifically?

Manufactured from recycled paper, cardboard, and newspaper the mannequins contain no toxic substances such as adhesives and are organic, recyclable, and biodegradable.

The garments featured in the exhibition are on the small side. So small that we currently do not have mannequins that would not create tension and stress on these historic garments. We want to preserve this important piece of textile history for many years to come, striking the fine balance between making them accessible to audiences but also protecting them for future generations.

How your donation will help...

This year marks our 20th anniversary. Every donation, big or small, will assist in investing in our future, ensuring that we will be able to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

The road to recovery after Covid has been tough, but your donation can help us to present fabulous exhibitions that travel the world.

If you are able, please consider donating and/or sharing this campaign.  Every act of support will be gratefully received. Together we can secure and preserve fashion and textiles for future generations #fashionandtextilesforever. 

Who are we?

Under the ownership of Newham College of Further Education since 2007, we have broadened our mission. Today, we have staged over 30 major exhibitions, featuring British and international designers, artists, and brands and is dedicated to the celebration and exploration of textiles, fashion and related disciplines.   

Presenting a diverse range of temporary exhibitions, showcasing innovative fashion and textile design from around the world, the Fashion and Textile Museum explores the past, present and future of fashion and textiles. Our work is recognised nationally and internationally, with exhibitions featuring designers, artisans, craftspeople, and artists from across Britain and abroad touring regularly across the UK and the world. 

We also support a wide range of independent specialists, including textile and garment conservators, design historians, freelance exhibition designers, set builders, graphic designers, textile and fine artists and designers. In addition, we provide a meaningful volunteer programme, committed to training, encouraging and celebrating our volunteer team. 

“The opportunity to acquire new mannequins for Andy Warhol: The Textiles is so exciting.  These mannequins are produced sustainably, are made of 100% recycled materials, and will become part of the exhibition tour as it travels the world bringing new insight into Warhol's career as a commercial artist.” – Dennis Nothdruft, Head of Exhibitions, Fashion and Textile Museum   

"The Museum is remarkable because it provides something for everyone, from someone who has a passion for fashion, through to students who are working hard to improve their skills, collectors, historians and so on. The Museum is a significant factor in what, going forward, is going to help preserve London as an international fashion centre." - Mary Schoeser, textile historian and Fashion and Textile Museum curator. 


Where can I find out more about the Fashion and Textile Museum? 

For more information about the Fashion and Textile Museum, please visit fashiontextilemusuem.org.  

What will my donation be used for? 

Every penny of your donation will go towards the purchase of mannequins and associated costs.   

When will I receive my reward? 

We will contact you after the end of the campaign to arrange your reward.  

What happens if you don't reach your target?  

This is an 'Keep What You Raise' campaign, meaning we will receive your kind donation, even if we do not  reach our target. 

How can I get in touch? 

If your questions is not answered here, please get in touch with [email protected].  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Thank you for your support!

Give yourself a high-5 for donating to our adopt a mannequin campaign. Thank you for your support.

£25 or more

Your name on our adopter’s plaque!

We’ll include your name, with our thanks, on an adopter’s plaque which will be on show in the Museum foyer to 10 September 2023.

£100 or more

27 of 50 claimed

Exhibition book and 2x exhibition entry!

A copy of Warhol: The Textiles book plus two ticket to see the Andy Warhol: The Textiles exhibition - 31 March to 10 September 2023.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A year’s free entry!

Enjoy one-year unlimited free entry to the Fashion and Textile Museum exhibitions for you and one guest.

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Exclusive guided tour!

A special out hours Andy Warhol: The Textiles exhibition tour by the Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft for our mannequin adopters plus up to 10 friends.

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