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Embellishment in Fashion Exhibition - Booking Essential

We are delighted to announce that our new exhibition Embellishment in Fashion at Hampton Court Palace is now open.

Throughout the years, both professional and amateur dressmakers have used embroidery and beading to embellish garments and accessories. This exciting new display from the RSN’s unique Textile Collection captures the style and versatility of embroidery and embellishment from the 18th to 21st centuries.  It will showcase a wide range of pieces from blouses and men’s waistcoats to purses, gloves and shoes.

All visitors must pre-book.   Read below what our visitors have been saying....

“Such a brilliant presentation and tour.”

Well worth a visit – very enjoyable!”

“If you’ve never attempted hand-embroidery, the pieces on view at the exhibition will inspire you to try.”

“We enjoyed the exhibition greatly and, as usual, were overwhelmed by the beauty of the objects on display as well as appreciating the skill involved.”

There are different Tour options to suit all interests including Talk & Tours, Tour & Taster workshops; as well as Curator’s Tours that include rare insights to additional pieces from the RSN Collection.  We also offer bespoke Group Tours.  Tours start from £16 per person and the exhibition runs until March 2018.  

To view a diverse range of fashion pieces spanning 250 years, Book online here or contact Natalie Thew by email / tel: +44(0) 20 3166 6939.   

The exhibition is in the RSN’s Embroidery Studio at Hampton Court Palace and only open on set days, so pre-booking is essential.

These give the opportunity to view our fabulous Exhibition followed by a taster hand embroidery session inspired by the exhibition itself. Commencing at 11am in the morning with an illustrated talk, a senior member of staff will share fascinating historical facts and information about the Royal School of Needlework.  Visitors will then have the opportunity to view the exquisite pieces in the Exhibition. In the afternoon, the taster class will introduce you to a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques guided by our expert RSN Tutors, the class will finish at 4pm.
We also offer Family Talk & Tours on select dates in the year. These Tours begin with a brief introduction to the RSN and the Exhibition, followed by a Taster embroidery session for the children.

Information and how to book:

  • The exhibition is held in the RSN Studios at Hampton Court Palace.
  • Talk & Tours take place on set dates throughout the month
  • Each Talk & Tour features a presentation and a guided tour of the exhibition
  • Individuals and Groups are welcome

Talk & Tours

Talk & Tours £16

Tour & Taster from £75

Curator's Tours £22

For details call
T: +44 (0)20 3166 6939 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday only)


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