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Schools can visit the Museum of London Docklands’ latest exhibition for free!

Fashion City: how Jewish Londoners shaped global style reveals the major contribution of Jewish designers in making London an iconic fashion city. Perfect for KS3 and KS4 students studying migration, social change since 1945, or art and design.

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.

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What makes this a great school trip?

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

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

Please note Fashion City is suitable for ages 8+ (though free for all under 12’s). Perfect for secondary students with the curriculum links.

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