The Body Adorned: Dressing London which is being designed in house and opens next month, will look at the relationship between dress, the body and the emergence of London as a world city across time and through different cultures.
The first part of the exhibition will chart body adornment practices through the museum’s anthropological collection, before film and photography are deployed to examine dress choice in contemporary London.
Filming in Peckham, The City, Brick Lane, and The Kings Road, The Light Surgeons shot and interviewed members of the public for what Ceresole calls ‘living portraits.’
These individuals were then asked to comment on their own dress and on the footage of people from the other locations.
The footage will be transposed to four screens in the exhibition space which face each other as ‘a mixed audio track’ plays ‘ambiguous comments’ of the interviewees’ opinions.
According to The Light Surgeons producer on the project Alice Ceresole, the consultancy was appointed in September following a tender process.
The Body Adorned: Dressing London opens on Saturday 24 March and forms one of four Stories of The World exhibitions under the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.