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New Fashion Exhibition Now Open

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 showcases a wide range of pieces from blouses and men’s waistcoats to purses, gloves and shoes.  It will also, for the first time, feature the use of augmented reality to show you aspects you cannot see easily.

Bookings are now open. 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. 

 Dates of our new Tour & Taster workshops: 10 October; 14 November and next year 24 January; 21 February and 20 March.  These workshops give you the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the morning and then enjoy an embroidery workshop in the afternoon, creating a design inspired by the exhibition.  The design for this series of workshops has been inspired by an embroidered woven silk panel from a sack back dress from the RSN Collection. Tour & Taster workshops cost £75 per person.

To view a diverse range of objects with embellishment spanning 250 years, book your place via our website or contact Natalie Thew on +44 (0)20 3166 6939.   The exhibition is in the RSN’s Embroidery Studio at Hampton Court Palace and is only open on set days, so pre-booking is essential.


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