Earlier this year we announced Cabinet Stories – a collaboration between the Centre For Fashion Curation and the Social Responsibility team at LCF. The project explores different aspects of fashion, through a series of seven themed exhibitions, organised by curators working in London, and displayed in a cabinet; the traditional form of museum display.
It launched at a London-based women’s prison and went on to appear at two more locations: the East London NHS Foundation Trust – a facility for patients with borderline personality disorders, and Silk Court home for the elderly in Bethnal Green.
Cabinet Stories will now be open to the public for the first time at Emmaus Greenwich, Poplar shop.
At Emmaus all the exhibitions will be on display at the same time, accompanied by a free workshop programme, some of which will be open to the public on a first come first served basis. Follow LCF on Twitter to find out details about the workshops.
Themes covered by the Cabinet Stories exhibitions include clothing and memory, historical dress no longer worn and the use of traditional craft techniques within contemporary fashion. Designers on display including Charlotte Olympia, Peter Jensen, Faustine Steinmetz and Phoebe English.
A limited edition tote bag has also been made using fabric donated by Peter Jensen, to be sold at Emmaus Poplar shop. The bags cost £16 and were handmade by women at the Training and Manufacturing Workshop based at HMP Downview, an initiative which is run by LCF. All profits from the sale of the bags will go to Emmaus charity.
Cabinet Stories was devised by curator Alison Moloney and commissioned along with Jessamine Tierney from the Social Responsibility team at LCF. It will be on display from 7 October to 2 November 2016. Alison told us:
“It has been a privilege to have worked with these partners and audiences. It reinforces the ability of clothing and fashion to speak to a wide and diverse audience and has provided valuable research and multiple perspectives on what fashion exhibitions can communicate.”