‘The Body Adorned: Dressing London’ @ The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum in London’s Forest Hill is opening a major new exhibition for 2012 this coming Saturday, 24 March, entitled ‘The Body Adorned: Dressing London’.

‘The Body Adorned: Dressing London’ will draw on the Horniman’s extensive collection of anthropological materials to showcase how body adornment and costume differs across the world, illustrated with over 300 individual pieces. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to examine early tattooing techniques, look at genuine native American garb and study various styles of traditional European folk dress, for example. There will also be a specially commissioned documentary piece from multi-media gurus the Light Surgeons which will look at the influence of different cultures on how Londoners dress today. This will be accompanied by urban portraits of Londoners produced by young people from Goldsmiths college, who have collaborated with the museum to highlight the distinct appearance of people from different communities in our capital city.

‘The Body Adorned: Dressing London’ runs until 6 January 2013, so there will be plenty of opportunities to go along and see it. The Horniman Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:30am until 5:30pm and entry to all exhibitions is free (with the exception of the aquarium in the building’s basement which incurs a small charge) and it’s easily accessible from Forest Hill railway station a few minutes walk away. Do plan on spending a few hours at the museum as there are several other permanent exhibitions, with the ‘African Worlds’ and ‘Music Gallery’ exhibits being particularly interesting. You’ll also discover 16 acres of formal gardens to wander around, which feature tropical hothouses, wild flower displays and a unique set of sundials.

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