With knitted objects dating from the 12th century to the present day, our collection represents centuries of inventiveness. From underwear to outerwear, workwear to evening dress, made by hand or machine, professional or amateur, explore the rich diversity of items created using this technique.

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Representing knitting traditions from around the world, the collection includes objects for everyday wear, such as 16th-century knitted caps or 19th-century baby clothes as well as exquisite examples of craftsmanship such as an 18th-century knitted carpet and a petticoat. Functional knitted items sit alongside pieces prized for their inventiveness, such as the bold hand-knitted 1980s designs by Patricia Roberts, SIBLING’s playful take on traditional knitwear and stunning eveningwear by Julien Macdonald and Craig Lawrence.


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Background image: Fashion in Motion: SIBLING, 2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London