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Manchester ATF

Antique Textile Fair

Sun 1st March 2015
10am – 4:30pm (Trade from 8:30am)

Armitage Centre
Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE


Once again we 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, we offer 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. All talks will be held in Studio B on the Ground Floor and are free.

11am Sharon Hooper: ‘Spare Rib & Subversive Stitching’

Spare Rib and Subversive Stitching is a short film capturing a conversation between two women about the influence of Spare Rib magazines and Rozika Parker’s book, The Subversive Stitch on their sewing practice and their politics

11:45am Lynne Webster and David Backhouse (The Yorkshire Fashion Archive, University of Leeds): ‘Down Memory Lane: Yorkshire’s Heritage Examined through Clothing’ with Michael Hyman.  Michael Hyman will make a 'guest appearance' as his family contributed a personal archive.

1:30pm Martin Conlan: Writing with Threads: Textile Techniques of the Minority Tribes of Southwest China

Martin Conlan is an acknowledged expert in the textile arts and crafts of Chinese tribal minorities. He travels extensively, collecting and trading in Indigo and vegetable-dyed clothing and Oriental tribal clothing and textiles.

2:15pm Mary Cooper: Fans – Past and Present

Mary is widely renowned as a dealer in Antique Textiles. She will give a short presentation on Fans, and as publicity officer for The Fan Circle International, will present the FCI annual competition.

Book Online

You can now book your tickets online, and beat the queues on the day, plus an early bird discount for bookings before December 31st.

Eventbrite - The Textile Society Manchester Antique Textile Fair 2015

We made this video a couple of years ago at Manchester. It gives you an idea of what to expect.

Manchester ATF, 2012