The Body Adorned: Dressing London

Horniman Museum and Gardens

24 March 2012 – 6 January 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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