The Body Adorned: Dressing London

Horniman Museum and Gardens

24 Mar 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

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This exhibition, looking at the influences on London dress, draws deeply on the Horniman's rich anthropological collections to give a worldwide historical perspective on the subject.

The first part of the exhibition concerns body adornment practices across the world, with some 300 pieces including an Ancestor figure from Papua New Guinea, a shaman figure from North America, early tattooing instruments, a native American headdress, European folk costumes and a Maori ancestor figure.The focus then turns to contemporary London, with specially commissioned film, urban portraits and wardrobe studies used to consider how the movement of people, objects and ideas have influenced London dress, throughout the city's history.

Venue information

Opening times

Museum
Daily, 10 – 5.30
Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Gardens
Daily, Mon – Sat, 7.15 – sunset
Sun and Bank Holidays, 8 ​– sunset

Closed 25 Dec

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