Antique & Vintage Textile Fairs


Do you enjoy discussing and handling the best historic, antique, and modern textiles?
Then you are key to our successful support of the textile arts.

It couldn’t be simpler: Come to the Society’s two fairs and go home with some treasure!  Your entry fee will help fund our bursary schemes.  Every penny of profit goes into helping to fund the Society’s awards, bursaries and activities, including specialist study days, group visits, research symposia and conferences with a changing theme.

Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

The Textile Society annual collectors’ fair in the North of England

The Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair has been a key event in the textile collecting calendar since 1992.

The Textile Society celebrates Manchester’s heritage as the powerhouse of British textile design and manufacture. The Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair is the hub for all passionate collectors of textiles. It was the first antique fair to specialise entirely in historic textiles, and it has remained a key event in the textiles calendar since 1992. From world textiles to mid-century modern, from Art Deco to vintage fashion, the fair is an exciting and abundant source for objects and ideas, wall art or wearables, the beautiful or the kitsch.

The fair includes numerous stalls of antique textiles, and displays by guilds, groups and recent graduates.

The Textile Society Manchester Antique & Vintage Textile Fair is not only about the past – it points directly to the future as it showcases the work of new creatives shortlisted for the Society’s generous student bursaries. The competition attracts applications from every corner of the UK, and awards prizes of up to £1000 to selected BA and MA students who go on to become the future makers and designers of textiles.

If you are interested in booking a stand, please contact the Manchester Fair Coordinator.

London Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

The Textile Society annual collectors’ fair in Chelsea

The Textile Society London Antique & Vintage Textile Fair offers an outstanding range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world. Textiles from the 18th century up to the swinging 1960s and 70s, furnishings including pre-1950s rugs, and unique fashion accessories can be found here. Visitors can explore the fair for second-hand books, ephemera, and advice on textile conservation.

Whether a textile designer or student looking for design inspiration, a collector looking for a unique addition, or just a visitor wanting to browse beautiful materials and objects, this fair cannot be missed.