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Fashion City

How Jewish Londoners shaped global style

Immerse yourself in the glamourous and skilful world of fashion and learn about the Jewish tailors and fashion designers who made London an iconic fashion capital. Perfect for KS3/4 groups studying migration, social change post 1945, or art and design. Open 13 October 2023 – 7 July 2024

black and white photo of men and women in a garment factory sitting and standing around a table with sewing machines

Schneiders Garment Factory, Stepney, c. 1917

Workers at a clothing factory in Stepney owned by the Jewish Schneider family.

Plan a school visit to our latest exhibition

For the first time, this exhibition will uncover the major contribution of Jewish designers in making London an iconic fashion city. Discover the stories behind the Jewish fashion makers who became leaders in their industries, founded retail chains still on the high street today, and dressed the rich and famous – including David Bowie, Princess Diana and Mick Jagger.

Find out more about the exhibition on the Fashion City exhibition page.

sepia photograph of couple posing in front of their umbrella shop

J.H. & M. Fisher outside their umbrella shop, Spitalfields, 1919

Links to your teaching

Fashion City is a great opportunity for cross-curricular learning for Key Stages 3 and up, as it includes elements of Art and Design, History, and Geography.

This exhibition shows connections between the East End of London, a centre of the textile trade and garment manufacture, and the West End’s famous fashion houses, and shows how both of these have influenced British culture and society in the 20th century. A perfect case study for KS3 history, social, cultural and technological change in post-war Britain.

Fashion City explores the history of Jewish migration into London and the influence this community has had on the textile, garment, and fashion industry, creating links to both KS3 history (the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles) and geography (human geography relating to population and urbanisation).

Your students will have the chance to explore 20th century fashion design history and learn about different materials and techniques used, to support their KS3 Art and Design studies.

The exhibition also links to the following GSCE exam specifications:

  • AQA GCSE History: Migration, Empires and the People: Migrants to and from Britain: Huguenot migration, Jewish migration to Britain, the legacy of Empire: migration from Asia
  • Pearson Edexcel GCSE History: Migrants in Britain
  • OCR GCSE History: Migration to Britain c.1000 to c.2010 / Urban Environments: Patterns of Migration’ including Whitechapel c1870–c1900

Book a self-led visit

School groups can book to visit the exhibition for free from Mondays to Thursdays during term time at 10.15am and 10.45am.

To book please fill in our self-directed booking form and select Fashion City on the ‘Gallery Resources’ section of the form (on page 4).

Make a planning visit

We have a limited number of tickets available for teachers to make free planning visits to prepare for group visits. Please phone our Box Office on 020 7001 9844 to book your ticket.

Contact us

If you have any questions about bringing a school group to the exhibition, please contact [email protected]