Petticoat Tales Fashion Show

About this event

Petticoat Tales, the 2022 edition of the annual first year Fashion BA show at the School of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) will take place on Friday 25 February at 6.00pm in the Atrium at Goulston Street.

This year’s event will celebrate the course's location and the communities and people around the Aldgate campus. Student designs and garments will take inspiration from the school's proximity to Petticoat Lane, the historic heart of the city's textile industry or 'rag trade' as it was commonly known, and the site of a street market since the 1600s. The areas name is said to originate in part from a much told east London tale that ‘You can expect someone to steal your petticoat at one end of the market and then sell it back to you at the other end’.

The BA Fashion students' garments will be photographed by the school’s Fashion Photography BA students, and prize-winning entries are to be displayed as part of London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Middlesex Street Art Trail at the Devonshire Square complex on Middlesex Street, E1. The project has been sponsored by Devonshire Square and curated by Acrylicize and the AAD Projects Office.

Talking about the event, now in its eighth year, course leader and show organiser Steph Aman said, "Fabric and textiles have always been part of life around Petticoat Lane Market and we are supporting our local fabric shops in the historic area and the borough of Tower Hamlets that we are proudly part of. Students have researched the rich narrative and history of Petticoat Lane and also looked at ‘Movement’ as an underlying concept. Their final outcome is to design and create a showpiece garment with the emphasis on being creatively and technically avant garde, considering volume, silhouette, construction, finishings and movement. We are excited to present the first year creations of 2022".

Keeping You Safe

To keep you safe we currently have a test to access policy on both of our campuses. Please note – you're required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, from within the three days prior to the event. You'll need to show an NHS text/email confirmation on arrival in order to enter the event.

The audience are requested to wear a mask while on site including during the performance.

Any questions? Please contact Steph Aman, course leader for Fashion BA (Hons) at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, at

A female model in a long red dress walking through a fashion show


Date and time Friday 25 February 2022 at 6pm
Register on Eventbrite Petticoat Tales Fashion Show
Location Goulston Street Atrium
London Metropolitan University
16 Goulston Street
E1 7TP
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