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Zandra’s magic mural on show this week

The Children's Magic Mural, the first community outreach project of Bermondsey's Fashion and Textile Museum, will be on display this week.

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The project has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Pool of London Partnership Small Grants Fund in association with major SE1 employer PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital Radio's Help a London Child and St Olave's Foundation Fund.

The Children's Magic Mural is the culmination of two years work involving primary and secondary school students from six Southwark schools. Each student has designed and painted a self-portrait textile and collaborated on the final presentation, a unique hanging mural and a celebration of the multicultural heritage, artistry and craftsmanship of the children.

The project is specifically designed to celebrate the diverse heritage and stimulate the social awareness of the community. It is intended that the Mural will travel and inspire other institutions in recognition of the latent talents that can exist among young people in a multicultural London borough.

The Children's Magic Mural will be open to the public daily from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 November from 12 noon to 6pm at the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF. Free admission.

The Fashion and Textile Museum will open in Spring 2003, with a spectacular exhibition called My Favourite Dress. This will showcase the personal favourite creations of 60 of the world's most influential and respected designers, including visionaries such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Donatella Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Lacroix and many more. Each designer will also provide the very personal reasons behind their choice, giving a rare insight into the emotions of creativity.

The much-delayed Fashion and Textile Museum has been founded by world-renowned textile designer, Zandra Rhodes CBE. The Museum is housed within a spectacular pink and orange modernist building, designed by AIA award winning architect Ricardo Legoretta. The Fashion and Textile Museum is the architect's first building in Europe and has already attracted wide acclaim as an architectural landmark.

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