While having dinner at a friends last week they happened to mention that one of their highlights of South London was the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
Now, I've heard about this museum intermittently through my
years of living in London but never visited. A new exhibition just launched there may just be about to change that.
The Body Adorned exhibition reveals how a diverse population clothe and adorn their bodies to find their place in a city.
Over time, saris, tattoo parlours, nail bars, distended ears and scarification have become a visible, everyday part of the London cityscape.
The exhibition considers how the movement of people, objects and ideas influenced London dress in the past and explores body adornment in today’s world city of London.Ultimately they invite
you to look at how you dress your body and why.
The exhibition features hundreds of stunning objects from the Horniman’s collections including adorned figures, early tattooing instruments and headdresses, a film installation by The Light Surgeons, several wardrobes of London residents exploring why they wear what they wear and urban street portraits taken by young people.
the exhibition runs until the 6th January 2013 so you have plenty of time to organise a trip there.
Together with the gardens, the eccentric year round taxidermy exhibition and free admission its a great visit for kids too!