Cabinet Stories

LCF Social Responsibility and Centre for Fashion Curation have commissioned a specially designed cabinet to host a series of small exhibitions/installations, being taken to audiences who cannot usually access museum displays.

We all wear clothes. Garments protect us – body and soul. They can reflect our personality, document our passage through life and spark memories. In recent years, fashion exhibitions have become incredibly popular. It is the job of the curator to select museum objects and tell stories about them. Cabinets are used to protect and display them.

This cabinet is a ‘venue’ where up to eight exhibitions, curated by LCF, UAL and external curators, will be displayed one after the other. Each participating curator will lead a talk or workshop based on their cabinet exhibition when the cabinet is ‘in residence’.

The cabinet is touring our local communities, predominantly in the boroughs of East London. We use the topic of fashion to engage with new audiences in the community, who may have experienced a lack of opportunity in their lives, or who may be marginalised by society in some way. We are using Cabinet Stories to promote access to the arts as a social good in itself, as well as participation in the arts to promote education, skills development, social development and learning. Topics covered by the cabinet displays include fashion & sport, fans and the flat cloth cap.

The cabinet will be photographed at each location, documenting its journey and the engagement with each individual audience.

Collaborators and contributors include designers Phoebe English, Faustine Steinmetz and Charlotte Olympia.

Watch this space for further updates.