Once again The Textile Society will have a fantastic range of Antique and Vintage Dress and textiles from around the world, and spanning 4 centuries from the 16th Century to the 1970s. There is everything a collector and enthusiast could wish for, from dress, accessories, textiles, sewing ephemera, rugs, carpets, books and advice on conservation. The unique characteristic of the Textile Society’s Fairs is the quality of the objects for sale, and the informed and enthusiastic conversations you will have with dealers who have been in the business for many years. You will find beautiful things from India, Africa, Italy, Spain, France, England, China, Japan, each year never fails to inspire, and you will see a range of traditional costume, historical costume, vintage fashion right down to collectable fragments and ephemera.

In addition to the Fair, The Textile Society offers on the 1st floor a vibrant display from Guilds, Societies, Artists, Museums, Academics and Practitioners, and up and coming design students taking part in the Textile Society Bursary Awards, maintaining links with history and tradition, but looking forward through conservation, education and innovation within textile design and practice. If you are looking for a decorative textile for furnishing your home or a vintage outfit to wear, if you are a designer seeking inspiration, or a dress or textile collector, this fair is not to be missed.

The profits from the Textile Society’s Antique Textile Fairs fund a number of Bursaries including the Student Bursary; Museum, Archive & Conservation Award; the Lucienne Day Award; the Professional Development Award and the Critical Writing Award, reflecting the Society’s commitment to developing and supporting education and knowledge within textile disciplines.

The venue will be AA signposted and there are free car parking facilities. Bus routes: 40-49 (except 47) along Oxford Rd.

Talks Programme

The Talks Programme has a theme of Crafting and speakers on the day include:

  • Martin Conlan of Slow Loris: Writing with Threads: Textile Techniques of the Minority Tribes of Southwest China.
  • Lynne Webster & David Backhouse (The Yorkshire Fashion Archive, University of Leeds) 'Down Memory Lane: Yorkshire's Heritage examined through Clothing'. Michael Hyman will make a 'guest appearance' as his family contributed a personal archive.
  • Mary Cooper: The components of a Fan

Video from 2012 event

Book Online

You can now book your tickets online, and beat the queues on the day at The Textile Society.