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Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain Exhibition

09/04/2024 - 22/06/2024

Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain Exhibition

09/04/2024 - 22/06/2024

Visit London College of Fashion, UAL's next major exhibition; Making More Mischief: Folk Costume in Britain. Open from 9 April - 22 June at LCF's new home at East Bank.

The Somali Museum Atelier at LCF East Bank - Photo by Jack Elliot Edwards

In collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore, and supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, LCF, UAL’s Making More Mischief explores the pivotal role of costume in folk customs thriving across Britain today and the rich tapestry of people bringing them to life. By zooming in with a London lens to further explore traditions such as London’s carnivals, Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Swan Upping and Somali May Day traditions Making More Mischief is unified through the shared values of folk dress rooted in identity, non-conformity and subversiveness.

Full outfits are displayed across LCF’s three floors of public showcasing areas alongside many voices of the wearers and/or makers as written or oral testimonies. These communicate the deeply personal individual and community expressions of lives lived and desires, which permeate all folk culture. 

Heading image (c) courtesy of Hackney Paracarnival.

Accompanying image (c) Jack Elliot Edwards.

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