The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by Zandra Rhodes and designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in 2000.
In 2009 we were commissioned by the FTM to refurbish the interior spaces for a range of functions including new exhibition and conferencing facilities, reception and WCs, elevator access, disabled persons access and a Museum shop. Our refurbishment respected the original vibrant design of Legorreta while working out new strategies for the interior space.
We created new circulation routes so that exhibition areas could be sealed off and the premises still function for a wide range of activities. The exhibition spaces are treated as white boxes into which the clothing exhibits have a chance to shine.
We opened up the space with extensive structural works to form exhibition windows allowing views through to the cafe, museumshop and the reception. The Museum reopened by Zandra Rhodes in 2009 with an exhibition titled “The Little Black Dress”.