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Costumes and celebration to be focus of exhibition in Stratford

  • March 21, 2024
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Costumes and celebration to be focus of exhibition in Stratford

London culture of costumes and celebration will be the focus of a new exhibition in Stratford. Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain will open its doors on the 9th April at the London College of Fashion.

It will host items from the carnivals in Notting Hill and Hackney along with Pearly Kings and Queens and club culture. The Museum of British Folklore is involved in the project that aims to “present British folk traditions in unexpected ways.”

Traditions including Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race that has taken place for over three centuries on the River Thames, will be joined by Swan Upping, Morris Dancing, and the Hackney Clown Festival.

The free exhibition will cover three floors at the London College of Fashion and include costumes along with stories from those who wear them. It will follow on from the 2023 Making Mischief exhibition which looked at folk customs across the nation.

Organisers said that this year’s iteration would examine issues including class, sexuality, and ethnicity in the capital’s folk cultures. An “immersive installation” will be included about an arts platform that started life as a house party off Brick Lane a decade ago. It will be joined by sections looking at the relationship between mud larking in the River Thames and Hackney Carnival’s pearl button and masquerade dance.

“Folk customs are constantly changing and evolving,” Simon Costin, of the Museum of British Folklore, said, “and we hope Making More Mischief at London College of Fashion captures that.”

The exhibition will run from the 9th April until the 22nd and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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