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.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, Greater London, SE23 3PQ

020 8699 1872


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Daily, 10am - 5:30pm. Closed 24th - 26th December

Free to all

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